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Mathematics

  • Ms P Jones (Subject Leader of Mathematics)
  • Mrs. S Hilton (Lead Practitioner and Teacher of Mathematics)
  • Miss E Morgan (Second in Charge and Mathematics Teacher)
  • Ms. M Stanislaus (Head of Year 8, Mathematics Teacher)
  • Ms. C Evans  (Mathematics Teacher)
  • Ms. S McPeake (Mathematics Teacher)
  • Mr C. Amfo (Mathematics Teacher)
  • Ms C Hughes (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 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.

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.

Brilliant Club

Maths at KS3: 

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

Maths at KS4:

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
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Geometry
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Applying mathematics to problem-solving

You can see what the courses involve at the foundation and higher level by looking at the documents linked at the bottom of the page. For more information, you can also visit the exam board.

Pearson-Edexcel

For more information please see the GCSE Subpage

Resources

All subject rooms are well resourced and all have interactive whiteboards, which are widely used in the teaching and learning of our students.

Enrichment and Extra-Curricular Activities: 

There are also various after College clubs and activities:

  • Maths Club
  • Homework Club
  • Chess & Oware Club, and helping to run Inter House Chess and Oware competitions
  • Drop-in sessions
  • Brilliant Club
  • Maths Residential Trip to Florence 
  • Revision programs (after College/half-term holidays)
  • The Department also offers other enrichment activities at KS4 including Master Classes to local 6th forms and some of our private school partners, visits to universities, Maths conferences, and trips.

 

If you have any further questions please email our Head of Department.

 

GCSE Mathematics

Examination Qualifications: GCSE
Examination Board: Pearson Edexcel 1MA1
Tiers of Entry: Higher or Foundation                         

GCSE Mathematics covers a lot of basic skills that students will need to use in a variety of ways all through their lives and is a compulsory subject in Year 9, 10, and 11. Students will follow a course that will prepare them for academic success at GCSE. The particular tier they follow will depend upon their mathematical achievements.

Course Content and Assessment: 

The course covers a wide range of mathematical knowledge:

  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Geometry and Measure
  • Ratio, Proportion, and Rate of Change
  • Statistics
  • Probability

Whilst studying mathematics students will be expected to:

  • Use and apply standard techniques
  • Communicate mathematically
  • Use mathematical skills and knowledge to solve problems
  • Use logic and reason to solve problems
  • Use mathematics that they learn to solve problems that might happen in real life
  • Learn how to use a calculator to solve problems efficiently

There are various pathways that can be followed by students which are dependent upon their mathematical ability.  All students will follow the GCSE course during years 9, 10, and 11.  Those students who need more time to progress to GCSE will follow the Entry Level Certificate, which is wholly assessed by teachers and provides opportunities for progression to GCSE Maths.  All students will develop their functional and problem-solving skills within this course as this is an integral part of mathematics.

Linear GCSE Mathematics

Foundation & Higher Candidates: Written paper is only taken at the end of year 11

Paper 1                 Non-calculator                     1hr 30mins

Paper 2                 Calculator                            1hr 30 mins

Paper 3                 Calculator                            1hr 30 mins

Test Schedule:

End of Course exams – June 2017 onwards          Grading  9 - 1

Progression:

GCSE Mathematics is a basic-entry requirement for many post 16 courses, with students required to gain a Grade 4 or above, or else they are required by law to re-sit it at their post 16 providers. It is also required for university courses.   

Grades 9 - 7 at the higher tier GCSE enables students to take mathematics at A-Level.

Students can progress to:           

GNVQ Courses:  Business, ICT

A level Courses: Business Studies, Economics, ICT, Mathematics, Science

Careers: 

Career opportunities include:

  • Accountancy
  • Actuary
  • Banking & Investment 
  • Computing
  • Engineering
  • Finance & Marketing
  • Statistician
  • Teaching
  • Medicine
  • Science

For further information please email our Head of Department.

Latest Maths Department News

Maths Festival 2019:

On Tuesday 25th of June a group of Year 9 students attended the IMA Festival of Mathematics and its Applications at the University of Greenwich. They had a great time and really enjoyed the day!

‘During my time at the Greenwich Maths Festival, I learnt that maths is needed on a daily basis even if you don’t notice it. Also I learnt how maths is used to design clothes and jewellery. Overall I enjoyed the trip not only because I was with my friends but I was also learning with them.’

Marie Esber 9AD

‘On the trip to Greenwich we learnt about Newton’s first law. We sat in a room and watched some cool experiments for example the lecturer managed to spin a building tool on a pointy edge and balanced if perfectly for over 20 seconds which was very thrilling and exciting. It was great to see the power of Science and Mathematics in action.’

Nathan Jones 9AD

‘On the maths trip we learned about probability in real life situations. We also played games such as splat. My favourite part was learning about Newton’s law, including momentum and velocity.’

Stephanie Danso 9AW

‘The first lecture we had was about fake statistics in the News. The second one told us how maths is incorporated in fashion and when creating new things. I really enjoy the trip to the Maths Festival as it was interesting and informative.’

Grace Onyumbe 9BC

Maths Festival

 

Brilliant Club Graduation:

 

In February the Brilliant Club visited the University of Cambridge for their graduation event. Our year 9 and 10 students worked very hard with their PhD tutor, having weekly seminars and even a 2000 word essay to hand in which was graded like a university style paper!

All 12 students passed the course and you can see them with their graduation certificates below. During the day they also had the opportunity to experience life as a university student. They had a University campus tour around the library, the student dorms and the student union.                                                                                            

Brilliant Club

 

Secondary Count On Us Challenge:

Our year 8 and 9 students have been involved in the Secondary Count on Us Challenge this year! It is a maths competition funded by the Mayor of London to encourage young Londoners to have a keen interest in maths.

The challenge involves competing against other schools in four areas! The four rounds include, puzzling geometry, de-coding algebra, human hex puzzle and a quick arithmetic round. Our students have been practising and did very well!

Maths Challenge

 

Junior Maths Challenge:

30 Year 7 students recently took part in the UK Junior Mathematical Challenge, taking a 1 hour paper in April.  The Junior Challenge is aimed at students in year 8 and below and it encourages mathematical reasoning, precision of thought, and fluency in using basic mathematical techniques to solve interesting problems.  It is the UK's most popular mathematics national competition with over 300 000 students taking part each year.

Students at Bonus Pastor achieved 6 Silver and 6 Bronze in this year’s Junior Maths Challenge with the top 6% receiving gold, the next 13% silver and the next 21% bronze.

Maths Challenge 2

Congratulations to our medal winners for this year’s challenge:

  • Miguel Guinto - Silver and Best in Year
  • Llywella Hoban - Silver
  • Solange Gasperazzo - Silver
  • Alexis Leron Ajibola - Silver
  • Loic Ndoutoumou - Silver
  • Sophia Layzell - Silver
  • Roberto Dell’Accio - Silver
  • Abishant Arulsanthakumar - Bronze
  • Josie Furner - Bronze
  • Karol Ludovico - Bronze
  • Emmanuel Okameme - Bronze
  • Cheryl Aboagye - Bronze
  • Lukasz Zychowicz - Bronze

Well done to all of the year 7’s who participated in the Maths Challenge. 

Can you answer a question from this year’s paper

On Aoife’s 16th birthday, Buster was three times her age.  On Aoife’s 21st birthday, how old was Buster?

A  32                      B  48                       C  53                       D  63                      E  64

 

 

Subject Documents Date  
KS3 Maths Overview 21st Jun 2020 Download
GCSE Maths Overview Foundation 21st Jun 2020 Download
GCSE Maths Overview Higher 21st Jun 2020 Download

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