A key aim in mathematics is to create a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject. The curriculum gives every pupil the opportunity to experience each of the strands; Number, Algebra, Geometry & Measures and Statistics & Probability. Within these elements, pupils also look at applying their mathematical knowledge to solve problems which are often presented in a real life context. Pupils are also encouraged to communicate their mathematical ideas clearly in order to develop their quality of written communication.
Mathematics is a vital aspect of everyday life, from making sure pupils in the future understand how to make sure their pay is correct, to working within a career where numbers play a key role; such as an accountant. We aim to develop pupils’ fluency in the fundamentals of mathematics, in preparation for life after secondary school.
The department liaises with our local primary feeder schools in order to deliver a thoroughly enjoyable and successful maths project based on a James Bond theme to Year 6 pupils.
The mathematics department have followed in the footsteps of our English department and now deliver a numeracy double club. This is a project aimed at able mathematicians in Year 5. Pupils and parents attend a six week programme where they have the opportunity to participate in some fun and exciting maths together followed by a session of sporting activity.
Key Stage 3
Pupils experience a varied and balanced mathematical curriculum. The content contains rich open tasks which challenge pupils’ mathematical thinking, addressing the emphasis of problem solving in the new Key Stage 3 curriculum. The content is delivered through engaging activities in order to engage and enthuse pupils about the subject. Pupils enjoy both collaborative and independent working.
In year 7, pupils are provided with an opportunity from an external company, to participate in a problem solving day. The displays are interactive and challenge the pupils to work logically and collaboratively. The displays show some applications of mathematics in a real life context. The programme also shows how maths can be a lot of fun! Some quotes from pupils who have participated in this day include: “It’s a good way to learn but have fun at the same time” and “I liked the day because we weren’t just writing things down. We could actually interact with Maths”.
Our more able pupils in Year 8 are given the opportunity to participate in the United Kingdom Mathematical Trust junior challenge. Questions stimulate pupils’ mathematical thinking and test their logic skills.
In year 9, the focus is on embedding pupils’ learning and preparing them for the transition into Key Stage 4.
Key Stage 4
All pupils follow the Edexcel GCSE mathematics course. The course comprises of two examinations papers (calculator and non-calculator), which are sat during the summer of Year 11. Pupils are entered for the foundation or higher tier.
Our more able pupils in Year 10 undertake the Intermediate United Kingdom Mathematical Challenge. This is a national competition and is designed to stretch their thinking.
Extra-curricular activities in mathematics
A mathematics club is run after school, where pupils are invited to come along and enjoy maths. The key aspect is to increase their confidence in the subject whilst also developing the approach to problem solving.
Revision sessions are run alongside the formal Success Maker scheme. This is an intervention programme aimed at targeted Year 11 pupils in order to assist them in securing the best grade that they possibly can.
Where mathematics can take you
- Animator – uses algebra to rotate, reflect, translate or enlarge an object
- Forensic Scientist – use aspects of mathematics to identify the location and time of when the crime was committed and possibly even ascertain the type of weapon used
- Architect – uses mathematics to analyse problems and provide a solution to ensure that buildings remain stable
- Doctor – uses measurements on a daily basis such as taking blood pressure and heart rate. They then record results in charts and graphs. Doctors analyse test results, diagnose the problem and use mathematics to prescribe the correct dosage of medication to overcome the problem
- Fashion Designer – uses algorithms to aid with their design as well as carrying out calculations for the amount of material required to create the product, the cost of materials and the selling price
- Interior Designer – uses scale drawings, area and volume in order to create a functional living space
- Sports Announcer – uses numbers, percentages, time and statistics to describe what is happening on the field of play