Our mathematics faculty is enthusiastic and well-motivated, staffed by maths specialists. Our students enjoy their maths lessons and are achieving well. We make the lessons engaging so that students develop a desire to learn.
Students from Year 7 follow a programme of study which cover the areas of mathematics now examined at the end of Year 11: algebra, number, ratio, geometry, probability and statistics. ICT is widely used within the department on a regular basis. Topics are taught in a spiral curriculum with areas being addressed and developed over time to prepare students for their GCSE which is taken at the end of Year 11. We teach the requirements for the new 8300 scheme examined by AQA at both higher and foundation level. This then allows us to enter students for the tier that suits each individual.
Homework is set weekly and is a combination of tasks to consolidate understanding and enrich their learning. Some homework tasks are ICT based and use internet resources.
We are very excited about offering a new course to our Sixth Form students this year. Core Maths is a level 3 course studied over two years. It is ideal for students who gained a level 4 or above at GCSE level and want to continue studying maths. It links to other subjects and is based around real issues and problems that require a mathematical solution. It carries UCAS points. We still offer A Level maths to students who gain a 7 or above at GCSE level.
Number Week 2017
Number Week took place with many teachers taking the opportunity to discuss with the students where mathematics would be needed in their subject. In mathematics lessons, Year 7 students looked into opening a zoo. They used their knowledge of money to design a zoo within budget, look at costings for running such an attraction and designed a suitable layout using scale drawings. During this week, we ran a Badge Competition where all teaching staff wore a badge with a mathematical fact, and the students noted which teacher was wearing which fact. The winner of this competition is Poppy Harvey, 7F, who managed to find 53 correct badges, well done Poppy. We also held the Interhouse Mathematics Competition where students from each of our six houses competed for the trophy. The students took part in five rounds, which tested their mathematical, logical and investigative skills. All students thrived at this challenge, working as teams for the afternoon but Curie house finally took victory. Special recognition to Emily Hinkley who was our ‘Woman of the Competition’. Well done to all students who took part.
Here is an account of the week written by Abigail Clements, 7A:
During number week (in Year 7) we all made zoos. Firstly, we had all split into groups of four, five or six. Once we were in our group we decided what we wanted in our zoo. Then we designed our zoo and chose how much we should charge for a child and an adult. After that we focused on the income and profiting. On Friday one person from each house and each year was selected to go into the Interhouse maths competition. Curie came first and Austen came last. In one of the rounds some emojis were shown to us and we had to guess the Disney film. There was also a bonus round with some anagrams and riddles. One of the riddles had 10 of the word ‘is’ on the sheet and when we counted and spelt it out it read tennis. We all laughed and had fun. There was also a badge competition where all staff had a badge, which was maths-related. You had to write down as many of the badges that you could and hand it in by the deadline.
We are also actively involved in World Maths Day during March and run various activities during number week that involve the whole school.
As part of the Financial Capability course, students have the opportunity to visit the Bank of England. This includes a presentation from a member of staff and the opportunity to touch a gold bar. This trip is often combined with a trip to the Tate or Madame Tussauds.