Year 7 & 8
In Years 7 & 8 students are exposed to a range of mathematical concepts that aim to reinforce and extend prior knowledge. This is in preparation for GCSE study which begins in Year 9. A variety of exciting and innovative teaching methods are used to deliver the curriculum. These aim to engage and ignite an interest for the subject in all students. Where possible, links to mathematics in the real world are used so that students are more aware of the benefits that ‘mastery’ of the subject can bring. To support their study all students are registered with the www.mymaths.co.uk website where they can use the booster revision packs and complete online homework materials.
The Mathematics Department does not set classes at the start of Year 7. However, students are assessed termly across the year to enable students’ progress to be closely monitored. Through this assessment and tracking students are then placed in to more ability orientated groups but can move freely between groups if their assessments and ethic are seen to warrant a move.
Every maths classroom is suitably equipped with the necessary resources to facilitate the successful delivery of the full curriculum. Teaching staff often meet to discuss and share teaching strategies to further enhance the educational experience that is offered to all students.
Years 9 to 11 – GCSE
Students begin their GCSE study of mathematics at the start of Year 9 and complete their course in Year 11 through the sitting of the formal public examinations. The Department delivers the new GCSE Edexcel (9-1) Mathematics course at both Foundation and Higher level. The content of the new GCSE has grown and these changes are designed to help students emerge from GCSE Mathematics with a level of confidence and fluency that will provide a genuine foundation for the rest of their learning and working lives. The Edexcel linear Mathematics programme offers a traditional route to GCSE Mathematics, with no coursework. It is assessed through three examination papers at both levels.
Throughout the duration of the course students will be closely monitored to assess their progress and ensure that they are moving towards fulfilling and exceeding their potential. Where necessary, additional support will be offered in a format that is most suited to the individual to assist in realising this potential.
As with Years 7 & 8, the course is well resourced and delivered through a range of teaching styles including an emphasis on problem solving which is at the heart of the new GCSE. The teaching staff meet regularly to discuss teaching strategies and support that can be offered to students to enable success.