Mathematics

Aims of the Department

  • To provide a nurturing learning environment where all pupils are able to achieve their potential in Mathematics, and are supported according to their needs.

  • To develop a broader understanding of Mathematics and encourage an interest in Mathematics beyond the curriculum.

  • To support the achievement of outstanding performance in Mathematics.

Curriculum

To ensure breadth and depth of understanding in Mathematics, teaching in the department is supported by a detailed programme of study linked to comprehensive textbook schemes at all levels.

Year 7

For the first term of Year 7 pupils will be taught within tutor groups. During this term, in addition to ensuring a sound basis to his mathematical understanding, two assessments will take place in order to identify the most appropriate set for pupils to be placed in. From January, Year 7 will be split into four sets.

Years 8 and 9

Boys in Years 8 and 9 are taught in sets, determined by their performance in regular internal assessments. The most able pupils in Year 9 follow an accelerated course for GCSE as detailed below.

Years 10 and 11

To ensure that our curriculum provides opportunities for challenge we follow the more demanding Mathematics IGCSE course in Years 10 and 11. We continue to teach the boys in sets.

In addition, the most able pupils in Year 9 follow an accelerated course, taking the Edexcel IGCSE examination at the end of Year 10. In Year 11 these pupils follow two courses, D1 Decision Mathematics and OCR Additional Mathematics. This is to offer them a greater degree of stimulation, an introduction to important applications of Mathematics and an introduction to Advanced level study.

Enrichment

In addition to our teaching, there are a range of opportunities to support the development of Mathematical knowledge including:

  • Junior Maths Club - Maths Masters - This weekly club is for pupils in Year 7 and 8 who are interested in exploring interesting and challenging mathematical activities and problems. There are opportunities to engage in mathematical games, mathematical trails, and use of ICT to extend an interest in mathematics.

  • Daily Maths Clinic - provides the opportunity for all pupils to seek individual help and support with the development of mathematical understanding. Pupils may choose to attend on a regular or occasional basis, or their attendance may be recommended by their mathematics teacher. Whilst the Maths Clinic will be supervised by members of the department, it will be led by members of Sixth Form Mathematics groups as part of their contribution to community service.

  • UKMT Mathematics Challenges – We enter every pupil in Years 7 and 8, plus the top sets in Years 9 to 11 and our Sixth Form mathematicians into these national mathematics competitions.

  • Hans Woyda Competition - the team for this competition comprises just four mathematicians, chosen from the best in the school – one each from years 9, 11 and the Lower and Upper Sixths.

Departmental Staff

The department is staffed by: