Maths

Head of Department: Mrs M Rivers

Department Introduction:

The Mathematics School of Learning has 12 teachers and are also supported by 1 learning support assistant and 1 higher level teaching assistant. 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 also run a ‘drop-in’ session, where any student can come and get support with either their classwork or homework, every lunchtime in Ma17. These are run by members of the department. In addition, we run support sessions after school for selected students, as well as gifted and talented sessions for our most able mathematicians.

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 https://vle.mathswatch.co.uk/vle/ website where they complete the online homework materials and access online lessons and videos.

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). All students will sit the OCR 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 a 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 6 modules across two years and each equally weighted. These include Pure 1 and Pure 2, which are mainly algebra based, and an applied module involving Mechanics and Statistics in Year 12. They then complete a further 3 modules in Year 13, including Pure 3 and Pure 4 which build on previous knowledge and an applied module building on their prior knowledge of Mechanics and Statistics. 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
  • Maths 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
  • Origami Club