Maths

Head of Department: Mrs M Rivers

Department Introduction:

The Mathematics School of Learning has 11 teachers and are also supported by 2 learning support assistants. The department is based in a dedicated accommodation block which means that resources can be easily distributed and shared amongst staff.

Within the department we have a Maths Intervention programme with 3 full time members of staff. Selected students are seen on a 1 to 1 basis by a specialist numeracy coach. Each numeracy lesson is tailored to meet the needs of the individual student. Students will usually spend time working on any gaps in knowledge that are identified from the end of unit test that they sit each term. However the focus could also be on revision and exam techniques for older students. The intervention programme has proved invaluable in boosting pupils’ mathematical ability, self-esteem and confidence within the subject

In addition, we also run a ‘drop-in’ session where any student can come and get support with either their class work or homework every lunchtime.

The department schemes of work are designed to engage students and encourage both a breadth and depth of knowledge. Students study content that is in line with their ability, which enables us to support students who are struggling whilst challenging the most able. All students are registered with the www.mymaths.co.uk website where they can use the booster revision packs, complete the online homework materials and access online lessons.

Every maths classroom has a Numeracy trolley , which is equipped with ‘easy to grab’ resources for mental warm-ups and plenaries. Each area within the department also has a box containing additional resources such as geometric shapes, multi – link cubes and Cuisenaire rods.

The department has 10 classrooms all fitted with interactive whiteboards and over 40 laptops available to all students.

Courses

GCSE
Following recent changes to the GCSE Students will be assessed through 3 examination papers. There will be two calculator examinations and one non-calculator. Each paper is 1hour 30minutes. There are still two tiers of entry but the grades are now numerical: Foundation (Grade 1-5) and Higher (Grades 4-9). Foundation students will sit the OCR GCSE maths paper, and higher students will sit the EDEXCEL GCSE maths paper. As Maths is a core subject it is still the expectation that all students will complete the programme in year 11.

A-Level
Students who have successfully completed the Higher Level GCSE and obtained or a Grade 7 and higher are in strong position to begin the A-Level course. It is important that all students wishing to study an A-Level in Mathematics have a genuine enthusiasm for the subject and are willing to work hard.

Students complete 3 modules in year 12, each equally weighted. These include Pure 1 and Pure 2, which are mainly algebra based, and an applied module. Students have the option to sit an exam in each module at the end of year 12 and, if successful, will have achieved an AS-Level.

Those students who wish to study a full A-Level will be required to complete a further 3 modules in Year 13. These include Pure 3 and Pure 4 which build on previous knowledge and an applied module. Students will sit three exams covering all of the six modules studied over the course of Year 12 and Year 13. at the end of Year 13 and, if successful, will then have achieved an A-Level in Mathematics.

The whole course is designed to make the subject interesting and relevant. Good use will be made of graphical calculators, computers and practical work where appropriate. The course is supported by a series of student tests which contain activities which can be studied independently by the student as well as with the help of a teacher. An A-Level in Mathematics is a valuable qualification and is always highly regarded. The subject offers a very appropriate background for many future careers and studies.

Enrichment
  • Mymaths club every lunchtime
  • Pi Day – 14th March
  • Decimal Day – 10th October
  • Canterbury Christ Church University PGCE Training Workshops
  • Cross Curricular Links
  • Trips to the Maths Inspiration Conference
  • Trips to Kent University
  • Presentations by external providers (including the Further Maths Support Programme)
  • Gifted and Talented Workshops
  • Peer Mentoring