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What we are trying to achieve with students
We endeavour to provide all pupils with an understanding of Mathematics in an enjoyable and relevant way so as to initiate an enthusiasm and interest for the subject to enable pupils to use mathematics in real life problems.
We as a department believe that “every child has a right to understand and apply mathematics outside the classroom”. We aim to:
- Extend and stimulate gifted and talented pupils, encouraging them to think independently and apply Mathematics to many different situations.
- Motivate pupils who simply enjoy solving mathematical problems.
- Encourage and assist pupils who struggle with mathematical concepts and will need their numeracy skills in the future.
We believe in using ICT, encouraging mathematical discussion, and allowing pupils to experience their mathematics.
The courses we run
At KS3 the course seeks to reinforce and develop the skills learnt at KS2. Pupils work in a variety of styles which are aimed at challenging and motivating individual students and developing their thinking and problem solving skills.
At KS4 most students in Year 11 follow the OCR A modular course. This course comprises of three modules. Students sit module A and B during year 10 and Module C in year 11. Modules A and C are allowed a calculator, module B is non-calculator.
Some students will follow the OCR B Linear Higher course and some the Edexcel Linear Foundation course. This course is examined with two examinations, one calculator and one non-calculator, during Year 11.
Year 10 students will either follow the OCR B Linear Higher course or the Edexcel Linear Foundation course. This course is examined with two examinations, one calculator and one non-calculator, during Year 11.
The accelerated mathematics group sit their GCSE early and then study a FSMQ in Additional Mathematics. This course gives UCAS points and is an excellent bridge from GCSE to A level.
Sets in year 10 and 11 are streamed to allow a greater flexibility in movement to suit the individual needs of students.
At KS5 we follow the MEI (OCR) specification. Students are offered the opportunity to study either a mechanics or statistics course covering a variety of topics including projectile motion, forces, Binomial Distribution and probability. We also offer an A level in Further Mathematics which builds upon the knowledge gained at A level and allows students to explore in more depth some of the more complicated elements of Pure Mathematics.
Gifted and Talented Students
Pupils who are Subject Specialists in Maths are likely to:
- Grasp new ideas quickly
- Work analytically and logically
- Apply their knowledge to new/unfamiliar contexts
- Creatively approach problem-solving
- Maintain their concentration in longer tasks and persist in seeking solutions
Items of particular interest
Key Stage 3
- Junior Maths Challenge
- Team Maths Challenge (Year 8 and 9)
- Kendrick Masterclass (Year 9)
Key Stage 4
- Intermediate Maths Challenge
- Accelerated maths group which follows an enriched curriculum
Key Stage 5
- Senior Maths Challenge
- Team Maths Challenge
- Maths in Action at Institute of Education, London