maths

Maths

“In mathematics the art of proposing a question must be held of higher value than solving it.”  - Georg Cantor.

We want our students to find Mathematics interesting and enjoyable. Our aim is to challenge students to think about their approach to problems in a way that encourages clarity of thought, logical thinking, creativity and rigour. We strive to give students the confidence and skills to look at the world beyond the classroom, and how the wider applications of Mathematics impact on everyday life.

The Mathematics Department comprises a team of specialists, all of whom have a passion for the subject and a desire to share their enthusiasm with their students.

As Mathematics is a core subject, students are taught Mathematics through to GCSE. Many students successfully sit A-Level Mathematics, and we support students who aspire to study Mathematics in Higher Education.

Key Stage 3 Mathematics:

In Key Stage 3 pupils further build their confidence and competence with Numbers and Measures, and learn to generalise patterns and rules through Algebra. Geometric reasoning and visualisation skills are developed, as are methods of Handling Data, including making inferences from data.

Pupils are encouraged to develop their mathematical thinking so that they are able to use and apply their mathematical thinking skills. This means that they will be able to use and apply their mathematical knowledge in a variety of contexts.

We give students the opportunity to develop the ability to:

  • acquire and use problem-solving strategies
  • select and apply mathematical techniques and methods in mathematical, every day and real-world situations
  • reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences and draw conclusions
  • interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context.

All pupils are expected to do two set pieces of homework per week, one of which may be online, each taking up to 30 minutes in Year 7 and increasing to 45 minutes by the end of Year 8.

We offer various extracurricular opportunities:

  • Students in year 7 take part in our annual Maths Puzzle Day.
  • Students in Key Stage 3 are regularly entered for the UKMT Challenge, which pits their wits against students across the country.
  • Year 8 and Year 9 students participate in the UKMT Team Maths Challenge.
  • Each year two students from Year 9 are invited to take part in the Royal Society Mathematics Masterclasses, run by the University of Hertfordshire.
  • Students needing help with their studies also have the opportunity to attend our Maths Clinic which is held on two lunchtimes per week.

Useful websites include:

Extension and enrichment materials:

http://nrich.maths.org/frontpage

For revision:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks3/maths

http://www.mymaths.co.uk

Key Stage 4 Mathematics:

At the end of Year 11, pupils will sit a GCSE in Mathematics.  We follow Edexcel GCSE Mathematics (1MAO) in Year 11, with students in Year 9 and 10 following the new Edexcel GCSE Mathematics (1MA1).

The Edexcel GCSE in Mathematics qualification requires students to:

  • develop fluent knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts including: Number,  Algebra, Ratio (proportion and rates of change), Geometry and measures, Probability & Statistics.
  • acquire, select and apply mathematical techniques to solve problems
  • reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences, and draw conclusions
  • comprehend, interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context

All pupils are expected to do one set piece of homework per week, taking up to 60 minutes.  Students can also be set additional assessment in the form of an online homework task by logging on to the MyMaths website which we subscribe to.

Extracurricular opportunities:

  • Students in Key Stage 4 are regularly entered for the UKMT Challenge, which pits their wits against students across the country.
  • Our highest achieving pupils in year 10 attend a day of lectures at the Institute of Education, University of London.
  • Students needing help with their studies have the opportunity to attend our Maths Clinic which is held on two lunchtimes per week.

Particularly useful websites:

Edexcel GCSE Mathematics specifications, support materials and past papers

http://nrich.maths.org/frontpage

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/maths

http://www.mymaths.co.uk

Key Stage 5 Mathematics:

At the end of Year 12, pupils will sit an AS-level in Mathematics and at the end of Y13 they sit the A2 exams to complete the full A-level.  Higher achieving pupils also have the opportunity to sit an AS-level in Further Mathematics at the end of Year 12, with A2 exams at the end of Year 13.  We follow the Edexcel 8371 (AS) and 9371 (A2) specifications for Mathematics, and for Further Mathematics Edexcel 8372 (AS) and 9372 (A2).

For A2 Mathematics, the students study six modules over the two years, covering Pure Maths, Statistics and Decision Maths to give a well-rounded course in preparation for many university courses.

For students taking A2 Further Mathematics, the six modules are comprised of Further Pure Maths, additional Statistics modules and Mechanics.

Pupils should spend at least three hours on their homework at this level, included within a minimum of five hours of independent study.

Extracurricular opportunities:

  • We regularly take our pupils to attend lectures at the Institute of Education, University of London.
  • In order to support their applications for higher Education, students are given the opportunity to act as Maths Prefects.
  • The Maths Department has links with our feeder Primary Schools, and our sixth form students often volunteer to support younger pupils in their learning.
  • Students needing help with their studies have the opportunity to attend our Maths Clinic which is held on two lunchtimes per week.
  • Sixth form mathematicians take part in peer mentoring, as about once a term they are put on a rota to help students lower down the school at Maths Clinic.

Pupils will find the following websites useful:

Edexcel A-level Mathematics specifications, support materials and past papers:

http://www.edexcel.com/quals/gce/gce08/maths/Pages/default.aspx

Extension and enrichment materials:

http://nrich.maths.org/frontpage

Revision:

http://www.examsolutions.net

http://www.mymaths.co.uk

 

Page updated Sept 2016