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The Mathematics Department
Head of Department = Miss J Nugent
The mathematics department consists of six committed and enthusiastic teachers. We are a well-resourced department with access to physical and online stimulus to promote mathematical thinking in each of our students. All teachers in the department have a shared vision which will allow all pupils to achieve their mathematical potential and engage in the study of mathematics.
Students in all year groups are working towards the 1-9 GCSE with the Edexcel exam board. A spiral curriculum is in place, where students study the same units each year (refer to the curriculum guides for additional information) but in increasing levels of detail and difficulty.
These students will be assessed on the number grade 1-9 system, against their individual targets. Students will be assessed using topic examination questions, topic tests and GCSE exam papers.
For Year 7 & 8 students, homework grids show compulsory and aspirational tasks: compulsory tasks need to be completed as per class teachers’ instruction. Year 9 & 10 students will be set a weekly task on MathsWatch via their individual login details. Computer access is available in Maths homework club held each Thursday evening. Year 11 will be set a minimum of one written piece of homework a week that is orientated around examination questions.
Alongside homework, there are further opportunities for consolidation at home using MathsWatch. MathsWatch is an online platform where students can view video tutorials, complete interactive questions, and download worksheets for further practice. Each student has an individual login to help track usage and progress.
A Maths Homework club is run every Thursday for all students, they can use this to complete homework activities or further consolidate their learning.
Year 11 Revision sessions are held on Tuesday evenings until 4pm, and attendance is expected.
The department enters pupils into the UK Mathematics Trust (UKMT) Challenge at all age groups. Our most able mathematicians are entered for the Challenge at the Junior (Years 7-8) and Intermediate (Years 9-11) levels. In 2017 we had numerous students receive awards and students made it through to the next stage in both the Intermediate and Junior challenges.