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“The opportunities that I was afforded during the last 7 years will never be forgotten.”

Mathematics

Introduction

"Mathematics equips pupils with a uniquely powerful set of tools to understand and change the world. These tools include logical reasoning, problem-solving skills, and the ability to think in abstract ways.

Mathematics is important in everyday life. Different cultures have contributed to the development and application of mathematics. Today, the subject transcends cultural boundaries and its importance is universally recognised.

Mathematics is a creative discipline. It can stimulate moments of pleasure and wonder when a pupil solves a problem for the first time, discovers a more elegant solution to that problem, or suddenly sees hidden connections."

QCA Website, 2006

We recognize the importance of a good knowledge and understanding of the principles of mathematics, for itself, for use in other subjects or for everyday life. We are particularly keen for pupils to enjoy mathematics and feel confident in its use whenever the need arises.

Facilities

There are three dedicated main school mathematics rooms; all have interactive whiteboards. There is also a dedicated Sixth Form teaching room located in the Norbury building, which has a projector.

Curriculum

At GCSE, we follow the EDEXCEL Linear course, which has three terminal papers at the end of Year 11. All students follow the higher level course.

At A Level we offer both the Mathematics and Further Mathematics courses. Year 12 are just beginning the two year linear courses and Year 13 are completing the final year of the modular courses.

General

Pupils are taught in sets from the beginning of Year 8, based on KS2 results and internal assessment, with their Year 7 teacher making sure each pupil is in the correct set; in Year 7 pupils are taught in forms. These sets are reviewed periodically each year and pupils move sets as appropriate.

A weekly Mathematics Workshop is available for all pupils, on both a drop-in and invitational basis for extra support.

We also run a Mathematics a Jaguar Cars Club using software to simulate Formula One racing and a code-breaking club.

The department has access to various software packages, to enhance learning experiences. These include a Logo turtle package and Geometer's Sketchpad for shape and space activities, as well as a dedicated graphing package. Wherever possible, we endeavour to use ICT to make topics easier to understand and to give a practical experience of their use. The department also has a set of graphical calculators for use across all key stages.

Staff

There are five members of staff; Miss Reid, Mrs Brooks, Mrs Vowles, Mrs Allen and Mrs Daniels.