Mathematics

Mathematics is the key to understanding and exploring the world. Everything from iPhones to satellites depends on mathematics to make it work. For example, anything on a secure website such as a bank or eBay account depends on prime numbers to keep this information safe.

Mathematics is also fundamental to planning and carrying out your daily life:

  • How much interest will I get on my savings in that account?
  • Which is the best value option in the supermarket?
  • Have they over-charged me at the restaurant?

On top of that, mathematics is beautiful:

  • Look at the work of M. C. Escher, the famous Dutch artist who drew intricate tessellations and mind-bending optical illusions.
  • Look at the symmetry in the art and architecture of the Islamic world.
  • Look at the mathematical patterns in nature from sea shells to sunflowers.

We are a well-resourced and fully-staffed department of maths specialists who will be able to support students of all abilities throughout their time with us. We have a dedicated computer room and all our maths classrooms are fitted with interactive white boards.

Who Works in the Maths Department?

  • Simon Little – Head of Department
  • Fiona Cruickshank – Assistant Principal/SENCo
  • Martin Armstrong
  • Mark Ashton
  • Jamie Williams

During Key Stage 3, the department addresses the new curricular requirements for Years 7, 8 and 9 – including the core elements of Number, Algebra, Ratio and Proportion, Geometry, and Handling Data. Our scheme of work is based on the United Learning Curriculum which is broken down into Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), which are the essential skills that prepare our students for future success at GCSE and beyond.

At Key Stage 4, students are taught GCSE Maths, following the scheme of work set out by the Edexcel exam board.  Students will follow either the Foundation (Grades 1-5) or Higher (Grades 4-9) Tiers.  The key points of the new GCSE course are as follows:

  • New grading scale
    A new grading scale of 9 to 1 will be used, with 9 being the top grade. This will allow greater differentiation between students, and will help distinguish the new GCSEs from previous versions.
  • Assessment entirely by exam
    Assessment will be by examination at the end of the course. Both tiers will have three papers to take – one calculator and two non-calculator – placing a greater emphasis on written and mental arithmetical skills.
  • New and more demanding content
    There will be new, more demanding content, which has been developed by government and the exam boards. This includes a greater emphasis on applying mathematical methods in a range of contexts and utilising problem-solving strategies.

Students have their own, personalise login details for the following websites which are available from their teacher

www.mymaths.co.uk

www.mathswatchvle.com

Sites providing revision resources and video explanation

www.hegartymaths.com  This site provides video lessons on just about every topic from Key Stage 3 through to A’ Level.

www.corbettmaths.com A huge bank of worksheets and exam practice with a video attached to each topic to help guide you through. Try the five-a-day exercises every day to help secure your mathematical understanding.

www.mathedup.co.uk Try the ‘GCSE takeaways’ to help you focus your exam preparation on specific topics.

https://www.sites.google.com/site/mathscasts/mathscast-videos Some excellent maths revision videos for both Key Stage 3 and Key stage 4

http://www.themathsteacher.com/index.php An ‘Online Maths tutor’ for both GCSE and A’ Level

Games, puzzles and diversions

www.nrich.co.uk Puzzles for students from Primary to A’ Level that focus on problem solving approaches – well worth a look.

www.waldomaths.com Animated files which help demonstrate a wide range of mathematical ideas and conventions.

www.desmos.com Online graphing software which includes some fantastic works of art.

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