Subject lead: Tom Smith
The mission of the mathematics department is to provide an environment where students can learn and become competent users of mathematics and mathematical application, well equipped to strive for success in whatever future they choose.
The aims of teaching and learning mathematics are to encourage and enable students to:
The curriculum is designed with a mastery approach building on prior knowledge, to ensure long-term development of mathematical confidence and competence by creating an environment where students are challenged, learn with pride and develop positive attributes as well as a curiosity about the world in which they live. They gain an understanding of how and why the maths that they study will contribute to their lives as well as allow them to contribute positively to society through project-based tasks linked to real life scenarios.
Key Stage 3:
During Key Stage 3 students follow programmes of study developed around the Maths Mastery programme and following the National Curriculum. Throughout this time, students will undertake study in four main areas of mathematics, with an underlying focus on the real foundations of mathematical enquiry, methodical processing and making connections between disciplines.
Number: Students will work on their arithmetic skills and develop their understanding of directed numbers. They are given the opportunity to learn about fractions, decimals, ratio and proportion and learn how to apply this knowledge in real life situations.
Data: Various types of statistical projects are carried out during KS3. Students learn how to make valuable comparisons between distributions and to analyse and report their findings clearly and accurately.
Geometry: Students are encouraged to investigate properties of 2D and 3D shapes and build upon previous knowledge. They will often work with other students to share ideas and find rules in areas such as area and volume. Students will meet new concepts such as Pythagoras and Trigonometry at the higher levels during KS3.
Algebra: Knowledge of numerical operations is used to move students on to algebraic processes. Within their algebra work students will learn about the use of symbols and mathematical generalisations. They will learn to write and use formulae, solve equations and use graphs to represent real – life situations.
Key Stage 4:
During KS4 all students will follow a GCSE course which they will study at either foundation or higher tier.
We are currently following the AQA Mathematics Course with years 10 and 11. Student progress is tracked carefully to ensure students study at an appropriate level.
The course taken by students during KS4 will allow them to consolidate previous learning and then to extend their learning further in the above arenas. During KS4, students are encouraged to think carefully about the applications of mathematics. The work that they do allows them to see where mathematics is used in daily life. For example, number skills will be developed while considering areas such as personal finance and budgeting. Students are encouraged to develop their skills in mathematical thinking through the use of algebra to model and prove concepts.
Key Stage 5:
A-level mathematics is for students who enjoy maths and want to extend their learning. There are three different sections to the course: Pure, Statistics and Mechanics. The Pure element focuses on the key concepts of mathematics. It builds upon previous GCSE knowledge to introduce you to higher level maths, such as integration and differentiation. Some statistics has been seen in GCSE, but now we will introduce new concepts, such as hypothesis testing and regression, used in science, business and many other careers. The mechanics component explores the relationship between maths and physics. You will investigate the maths involved in balancing forces and measuring particle dynamics, amongst other topics.