At present the Mathematics curriculum is delivered by eleven specialists who teach exclusively within the department. Additional support is provided by Science and Business Studies teachers.
The Head of Department is supported by a Deputy and an Assistant Head of Department. These two members of the department have responsibility for Key Stage 3 and 4 which includes managing setting and tests, monitoring progress of pupils and devising new Schemes of Learning in response to curriculum changes. Alongside this, they have responsibility of coordinating and monitoring the intervention programmes for below 4c and disadvantaged students, managing behaviour and line managing colleagues. There is also a Key Stage 5 Coordinator and our lead teacher is the whole-school numeracy coordinator. Other members of the department have taken responsibility for gifted and talented, managing the GCSE Statistics course and literacy. As a department we value the contribution made by all staff and seek to support them as they develop.
The department strive for excellence in their practice and there are many examples of outstanding teaching within the department. Ideas are freely shared amongst colleagues and we have a growing bank of resources for all aspects of the subject which are stored on our highly acclaimed Virtual Learning Environment. We have wide-ranging and complementary interests and experience. Many of the team contribute to the mentoring of SCITT students and NQT’s and we all seek to support each other. We work closely with the SEN department and have three dedicated teaching assistants attached to the department who help us to cater for the needs of all students.
ACCOMMODATION AND RESOURCES
The department has eight dedicated Mathematics classrooms which all contain interactive whiteboards alongside a Mathematics office which is used as a workroom for staff. We also have a small intervention room where students who receive extra support can be taught. This houses our new resources which are designed to deepen the understanding of key mathematical concepts for our lowest ability students.
The Mathematics department is very well resourced. We have a wide range of both physical and electronic resources to support the teaching of mathematics alongside latest software and up to date text books. Many of the resources are stored on our extensive VLE and are available to both staff and students. The department also has a class set of laptops to supplement the devices carried by pupils in Years 7, 8 and 9.
KEY STAGE 3
Key Stage 3 consists of Year 7 and 8. Both year groups receive four, one hour Mathematics lessons per week. In Year 7 students are set within half year bands and in Year 8 students are banded for ability along with other subjects and then set across the whole cohort.
Pupils in Year 7 and 8 are regularly tested to understand their knowledge in particular skill areas by the use of end of chapter assessments. These are complimented by the use of traditional paper tests at key points throughout the year. The focus at KS3 is for pupils to learn the skills and techniques which they are required to be able to apply at KS4.
In each year group the Scheme of Learning is differentiated in to many different strands to allow pupils to access the curriculum at their own level. For some this means an accelerated course designed to skip through easier material whilst for others this can mean a significantly slower course focusing on mastering basic numerical skills before considering any new topics. Each class is considered and taught on an individual basis.
There are textbooks available for use with all classes and the netbooks that Year 7 and 8 own enable the use of electronic resources such as MyMaths and Mathswatch within lessons.
KEY STAGE 4
Key Stage 4 consists of Year 9, 10 and 11 to enable all students time to fulfil their potential in the new challenging GCSE Mathematics curriculum. Groups are set across the cohort and all students are entered for GCSE Mathematics. Alongside this, around 50% of the cohort are also entered for Edexcel GCSE Statistics in Year 10. In Year 9, pupils receive four, one hour Mathematics lesson whilst students in Years 10 and 11 receive three, one hour Mathematics lessons per week. For Key Stage 4 there is a comprehensive and resourced online Scheme of Learning to compliment the textbooks the pupils use. Pupils are regularly tested using past exam papers and given guidance on the areas they need to improve.
At AS and A Level we follow Edexcel specifications and offer both Mathematics and Further Mathematics. In addition to Further Mathematics we also offer support for STEP/MAT and AEA awards.
Members of the department regularly attend courses relevant to their individual needs and to department development priorities. These may be those offered by the examination boards with whom we are connected or by commercial providers. There are a number of training sessions set aside within the school meeting cycle for department use. We use these for developing new curricula and resources, to exchange teaching ideas and to look at students’ work. All members of the team are involved in coaching, peer observation and development of their skills and practice.
ENRICHMENT AND EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
The department organises different Enrichment activities to help promote mathematics in wider contexts. We take our bottom set Year 7 students to Everdon Outdoor Learning Centre and our high ability Year 11 students have attended mathematics talks. We also participate in UKMT team challenges at both GCSE and A level. Students also regularly take part in the NSPCC Number day to raise money for disadvantaged children.
Key Stage 3
Further information regarding the KS3 curriculum can be accessed via the following links:
KS3 Mathematics Curriculum - Year 7
KS3 Mathematics Curriculum - Year 8
Key Stage 4
Further information regarding the KS4 curriculum can be accessed via the following links:
KS4 Mathematics Curriculum - Year 9
KS4 Mathematics Curriculum - Year 10
KS4 Mathematics Curriculum - Year 11
Key Stage 5
Further information regarding the KS5 curriculum can be accessed via the following links:
KS5 Curriculum - Mathematics
KS5 Curriculum - Further Mathematics