Mathematics

  • Miss P Jones (Subject Leader, Mathematics)
  • Ms S Subramanian ( Second in charge Mathematics)
  • Ms R Sayce (Head of Year 8, Mathematics Teacher)
  • Miss E Morgan (Mathematics Teacher)
  • Miss A Domarecka ( Mathematics Teacher)
  • Ms M Stanislaus (Head of Year 10, Mathematics Teacher)
  • Ms C Evans  (Mathematics Teacher)
  • Ms L Mannings (Head of Campion House, Mathematics and Drama Teacher)
  • Ms A Medina ( Mathematics Teacher)

We are dedicated to raising the attainment of all our students in mathematics, preparing them to be independent and logical thinking individuals who are able to function in today’s society. It’s particularly important that all students experience the mathematics here at the College that they will need in real life. Using many different techniques and strategies, we work to ensure that all students both reach their potential in mathematics and enjoy learning.

Our Approach

We set challenging targets with high expectations for all students and offer a variety of approaches to teaching and learning to engage and motivate them.  By exploring enrichment opportunities outside the curriculum, the Department creates activities that enhance the students’ enjoyment of the subject.  To reach students as early as possible in their education, we also work with our partner primary schools in developing and supporting their teachers in raising the mathematical attainment for students in Years 5 and 6.

All students at the College progress through a series of topics through KS3 and KS4 that build understanding in key areas:

·         Number

·         Algebra

·         Ratio, proportion and rates of change

·         Geometry and measures

·         Probability

·         Statistics

In addition, all students at the College encounter enrichment maths during lessons, and as a department we’re committed to also work beyond the classroom.

Year 7 and 8

We follow the new Mathematics curriculum, taking every opportunity to improve students’ thinking, functional skills and problem solving. Students are grouped at the start of Year 7 based on their KS2 attainment, and we regularly assess and monitor them. Students work individually as well as in pairs and in groups, and enjoy activities which broaden their mathematical experience including World Maths Day, Number Day, Maths Roadshow, Pi Day and UK Maths Challenge.

Year 9, 10 and 11

Students entering Year 9 follow a pathway that is based on their prior attainment at KS3.  Students work individually as well as in pairs, and their work is monitored and assessed regularly.  The course covers a wide range of mathematical knowledge and skills such as:

·         Algebra

·         Number

·         Statistics

·         Probability

·         Applying mathematics to problem solving

You can see what the courses involve at foundation and higher level by looking at the documents linked on the right. For more information you can also visit the exam board (Pearson-Edexcel) website http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/gcse-from-2015.html

The Department also offers enrichment activities at KS4 including Master Classes, visits to universities, Maths conferences and trips.

Resources

All subject rooms are well resourced and all have interactive whiteboards, which are widely used in the teaching and learning of our students. There are also various after College clubs and activities:

·         Maths Club

·         Homework Club

·         Chess & Oware Club

·         Drop in sessions

·         Revision programmes (after College/half term holidays)

·         Games Club