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Introduction

The department currently consists of eight full-time and two part-time teaching members of staff and a curriculum assistant. There are eight classrooms dedicated to the teaching of Mathematics, so that the opportunity to produce and maintain a vibrant environment exists. The department also uses the specialist Year 12 and 13 classrooms.

The curriculum is designed to meet the needs of the full ability range and to develop confidence and an enjoyment of Mathematics. The department recognises the importance of variety in teaching approaches and materials.

At Key Stages 3 & 4 students are set according to their ability, these groupings are reviewed regularly and movement between groups occurs in order to meet the needs of individuals. Classes have excellent student/teacher ratios and TA support.

ICT

We currently have multimedia projectors in all classrooms and interactive whiteboards. The department also has 30 laptops for student use. We have a subscription with My Maths.

Extra-Curricular

We enter students for the UKMT Maths challenges organised by Leeds University. We also organise Maths puzzle/activity days and trips out at various points in the year. We occasionally take excursions to Europe which have a maths focus. We have a Maths Club at lunch time which is well attended and Maths Homework Clubs after school for all Key Stages.

Useful Websites

Corbett Maths

BBC Bitesize Maths GCSE

BBC Bitesize Maths KS3

Mathswatch

Contact the staff

Mrs E Lloyd
CTL

Mrs M Cole
Second in Department

Mrs F Baker
Second in Department

Miss C Thistlethwaite
Transition/Cross Curricular Co-ordinator

Miss M Davies
Enrichment Co-ordinator

Mr K Farr
Teacher of Maths

Mr C Cook
Teacher of Maths

Mr S Hussein
Teacher of Maths

Mrs Alison Webster
Teacher of Maths

Mr H Tariq
NQT Trainee


  • In Years 7 the Maths Connect Series are the main resources used along with ‘in house’ resources. Please see link to which topics are studied at a particular national curriculum level.

    Number
    Algebra
    Shape and space
    Data handling
  • In Years 8 the Maths Connect Series are the main resources used along with ‘in house’ resources. Please see link to which topics are studied at a particular national curriculum level.

    Number
    Algebra
    Shape and space
    Data handling
  • In Year 9 the Formula One Series are the main resources used along with ‘in house’ resources. Please see link to which topics are studied at a particular national curriculum level.

    Number
    Algebra
    Shape and space
    Data handling
  • The school’s key stage four mathematics programmes of study place a renewed emphasis on problem-solving, functionality and mathematical thinking. There is a greater emphasis in examinations on the assessment of applying mathematics and using mathematics to solve problems, and some questions are now set in contexts that students should be expected to deal with in the real world. Students are also now required to be able to communicate the mathematics they have applied (a requirement called Quality of Written Communication, QWC, which is compulsory for all GCSE examinations).

    The Mathematics GCSE has two tiers of study originally introduced in 2006:

    Foundation tier:
    Where grades 1 up to 5 may be achieved.

    Higher tier:
    Where grades 4 up to 9 are possible.

    • The GCSE is entirely assessed by written examination, which means that no coursework will be expected from any student.
    • The GCSE is assessed through three 1 hour and 30 minute examination papers.
    • The content of the GCSE Mathematics specifications has been grouped into the topic areas of Number, Algebra, Geometry, Measures, Statistics and Probability.

  • The school’s key stage four mathematics programmes of study place a renewed emphasis on problem-solving, functionality and mathematical thinking. There is a greater emphasis in examinations on the assessment of applying mathematics and using mathematics to solve problems, and some questions are now set in contexts that students should be expected to deal with in the real world. Students are also now required to be able to communicate the mathematics they have applied (a requirement called Quality of Written Communication, QWC, which is compulsory for all GCSE examinations).

    The Mathematics GCSE has two tiers of study originally introduced in 2006:

    Foundation tier:
    Where grades 1 up to 5 may be achieved.

    Higher tier:
    Where grades 4 up to 9 are possible.

    • The GCSE is entirely assessed by written examination, which means that no coursework will be expected from any student.
    • The GCSE is assessed through three 1 hour and 30 minute examination papers.
    • The content of the GCSE Mathematics specifications has been grouped into the topic areas of Number, Algebra, Geometry, Measures, Statistics and Probability.

  • Edexcel AS and A2 Mathematics and Further Maths are currently offered. Pearson maths textbooks are used for these courses. Each textbook comes packed with additional online content that supports independent learning.

    Maths
    The maths course is split into three modules.

    Pure maths – 66.67% of the qualification
    Statistics – 16.67% of the qualification
    Mechanics – 16.67% of the qualification

    The full specification can be found here: Mathematics Specification

    Further maths

    The further maths course is split into three modules.
    Core pure maths – 50% of the qualification
    Further pure 1 – 25% of the qualification
    Decision maths – 25% of the qualification

    The full specification can be found here: Mathematics Specification

  • Maths
    Core 3: Algebra and functions; trigonometry; exponentials and logarithms; differentiation and integration and numerical methods.
    Core 4: Algebra and functions; coordinate geometry; sequences and series; trigonometry; exponentials and logarithms; differentiation and integration; vectors.
    Decision 1: Algorithms, graphs and networks; minimum connector problems, shortest paths; matching route inspection; Chinese postman problem and linear programming.

    Further Maths
    Further Pure 2: Inequalities; series, first order differential equations; second order differential equations; further complex numbers, Maclaurin and Taylor series.
    Further Pure 3: Further matrix algebra; vectors, hyperbolic functions; differentiation; integration, further coordinate systems.
    Decision 2: Transportation problems; allocation (assignment) problems; the travelling salesman; game theory; further linear programming, dynamic programming; flows in networks.

    Economics
    Unit 3: Business Economics and Economic Efficiency
    This unit develops the content of Unit 1 and examines how the pricing and nature of competition between firms is affected by the number and size of market participants. At the end of this unit, students should be able to analyse the pricing and output decisions of firms in different contexts. They should also be capable of making an appraisal of government intervention aimed at promoting competitive markets.
    Unit 4: The Global Economy
    This unit develops the knowledge and skills gained in Unit 2 so that they can be applied in a global context. The application, analysis and evaluation of economic models is required as well as an ability to assess policies which might be used to deal with economic problems. An awareness of trends and developments in the global economy over the last 10 years is required.

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