The study of Mathematics contributes to the school curriculum by developing the ability to calculate; to reason logically, algebraically, and geometrically; to solve problems and to handle data. Mathematics is important for pupils in many other areas of study, particularly Science and Technology. It is also important in everyday living, in many forms of employment, and in public decision-making. As a subject in its own right, Mathematics presents frequent opportunities for creativity, and can stimulate moments of pleasure and wonder when a problem is solved for the first time, or a more elegant solution to a problem is discovered, or when hidden connections suddenly manifest.
It enables pupils to build a secure framework of mathematical reasoning, which they can use and apply with confidence. The power of mathematical reasoning lies in its use of precise and concise forms of language, symbolism, and representation to reveal and explore general relationships.
The aims are to develop reasoning skills and knowledge and understanding of key mathematical processes. Students have opportunities to attend enrichment sessions and revision classes with the purpose of furthering their potential in this core subject area. Students deepen their understanding of the traditional GCSE course, and prepare themselves fully in terms of skills and understanding to pursue Mathematics academically beyond GCSE, potentially at A level, and in their everyday lives.
- to set challenging targets with high expectations for all pupils.
- to make lessons varied and inspiring to engage and motivate pupils and demand active participation.
- to teach Mathematics rigorously through direct instruction
- to smooth the transition for pupils between Key Stages and ensure progression in teaching and learning throughout their education.
- to explore enrichment opportunities outside the curriculum.
The objectives are to ensure at the end of mathematical education in the school, each pupil will be able:
- to perform basic numeracy skills
- to perform the basic mathematical skills needed in his/her chosen career or for entry to higher or further mathematical education
- to understand the mathematics likely to be encountered in daily adult life and to be able to deal with ‘functional’-style problems
- to reason clearly and logically, and to set out a rational argument
- to understand and use first principles and to be empowered to explain how mathematical processes work
- to identify patterns encountered in diverse situations and to extrapolate from these
- to approach problems systematically, choosing appropriate techniques for their solution
- to follow logical instructions clearly expressed
- to experience satisfaction in and enjoyment of his/her mathematical achievements
- to obtain any formal mathematical qualifications needed for his/her chosen career
- to obtain his/her best possible results at KS3, KS4, A Level & other Sixth Form courses.
When a student gains success, further success is highly likely. We have differentiated courses to ensure high success rates. Some students may not find maths easy but well-structured tasks through worked examples that give them some challenge will lead to satisfaction and a desire to try more challenges.
Homework and Support
Lunchtime support sessions are staffed every Tuesday and Thursday at 12.25pm to 12.40pm for students to access help at school. A member of the Maths team is on hand from the beginning of lunch. Students are encouraged to bring along any work they need help with together with their initial attempts.
Homework will be set in accordance with the school policy and feedback given for students to address key areas. For further online support, the following resources contain examples and practice questions.
- Dr Frost: An interactive resource and the main online Maths platform that provides immediate feedback and support for students from year 7 to year 13. All students have a personal portal log in for this site. Please contact class teacher for more details.
- MyMaths: This interactive resource provides immediate feedback and support for students from year 7 to year 13. All students have a personal portal log in for this site. Please contact class teacher for more details.
- Corbett Maths: A selection of video walkthroughs covering content up to GCSE, “Maths 5 a day” and plenty of practice questions.
Celebrate Maths with us
We wish you a happy year’s study of Maths and hope you will join us to celebrate our great subject by….
-taking part in the Mathematical Challenges across years 7 –13
-taking part in Maths Week England
-celebrating Pi day with us in March (how many digits of Pi can you remember?)
-entering the competitions run across Year 7 to 11