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Members of Staff and Roles/Responsibilities

Mr K Williams Curriculum Team Leader
Miss H Mistry Deputy Curriculum Team Leader
Mr C Evans Teacher of Mathematics with Responsibility Post
Mr P Cooling Teacher of Mathematics and Senior Assistant Principal
Ms E Allison Teacher of Mathematics and Year Team Leader
Miss A O’Rorke Teacher of Mathematics with Responsibility Post
Mrs S Ram Teacher of Mathematics / Year Team Leader / Acting Assistant Principal
Mr N Sube Teacher of Mathematics

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Subject Overview

The Maths Department staff will encourage students to develop their mathematical skills to the maximum possible at a pace appropriate to their current level of ability. We aim to foster:

  • a positive attitude to mathematics, including, confidence, enjoyment and perseverance.
  • an appreciation of the place of mathematics in society.
  • an ability to think mathematically and work independently.
  • an ability to use mathematics across the curriculum.
  • a firm foundation for appropriate further study.

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KS3 Structure

At the start of the autumn term in year 7, students are taught in mixed ability tutor group classes. After 2 or 3 weeks they are put into sets based on ability in Mathematics.
This continues in years 8 and 9.
Assessment is by formal test at the end of the autumn and summer terms and informal short term testing in class throughout the year.

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KS3 Content

Students follow the National Framework for Mathematics and study modules in:
Number
Algebra
Shape, space and measure.
Data handling

Students use a wide range of resources including text books, worksheets, ICT and web based resources.

During the course students will: -
Read, write and talk about mathematics in a variety of ways.
Carry out calculations by presenting clear, logical solutions, checking and interpreting their findings.
Work individually and co-operatively on work of an investigative nature.
A number of `rich tasks’ are set throughout KS3 to help the students use their mathematical skills in real life situations and prepare them for the introduction of functional skills in KS4/GCSE.

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KS4 Structure

Students follow the new AQA unitised GCSE syllabus.  This is a modular course with three external examinations:-

  • March Year 10        (unit 2)
  • May / June Year 10 (unit 1)
  • May / June Year 11 (unit 3) 

Students on the ADSAN course will follow a one year linear course which has two external examinations at the end of Year 10.

In Year 11 they follow a numeracy course.

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KS4 Content

The GCSE course is split into three units:-

  • Unit 1        - Statistics and numbers

  • Unit 2        - Numbers and Algebra
  • Unit 3        - Geometry and Algebra

There are two tiers of entry for the GCSE examination:-

Higher                        grades A*, A, B, C and D
Foundation                 grades C, D, E, F and G

Students are carefully monitored and movement between groups may be possible.  This will be based on regular assessments, homework and effort.

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Additional Information

A calculator is essential throughout the courses and it is strongly recommended that each student has her own. We can advise which scientific calculator is most suitable and they can be obtained through the Maths Shop.

We encourage independent learning, to support this, the mathematics faculty subscribes to a maths based website, MyMaths.  Every student has their own ID and password to access this site and record their homework.

To further support independent learning we strongly recommend the use of revision guides / workbooks and “Mathswatch” DVD's both of which are available through the College.

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