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The mathematics department is one of the core subjects in the school. We strive to work in a collaborative manner, sharing ideas and resources, and always work for the best interests of our pupils whatever their level.
Meet the department
Mr D Batchelor – Head of department
Graduated from Kings College, University of London in 1997.
If not a mathematics teacher, would have been a rock star. Big Van Halen and Queen fan.
Miss Felton – Assistant Principal
Graduated from the College of St Paul and St Mary.
Appeared on television when she was 17 for a children’s drama.
Mrs Wilson – Assistant Principal
Graduated from the University of Nottingham.
Had a secret childhood crush on Johnny Ball.
Graduated from the University of East Anglia
Used to be a goth.
Graduated from Reading University
Hero is Johnny Wilkinson
Season ticket holder at Norwich FC
Learning in mathematics
All pupils in years 7 and 8 follow the KS3 scheme of work; this allows for levels of learning from 3 to 8. All pupils are placed in sets according to their ability when they first enter year 7; from then on set changes are made each half term following an assessment.
Pupils in year nine follow a transition scheme of work in preparation for the GCSE syllabus that they will begin in year ten. The pupils spend the year studying key skills that are required for the study of mathematics at GCSE level. The syllabus is split into Foundation and Higher levels, with pupils in sets 1 to 4 studying Higher level work, and pupils in sets 5 to 7 studying at Foundation level. Assessments are held at the end of each half term, after which pupils may be moved to a set more suited to their ability.
Pupils in years 10 and 11 follow the new GCSE scheme of work which culminates in the final exams taken at the end of year 11. Pupils are, again, settled according to their ability but changes are still possible right up to year 11. The pupils study for the Edexcel exam board series of exams; this is a linear course, which means the exams are taken only at the end of year 11. GCSE maths is going to change and get more demanding for everyone: the volume of subject contend has increased, the demand of that content is increasing, the total time for the exams is increasing, there are fewer marks at the lower level, a new grading structure is being introduced, there is more emphasis on problem solving, and students will be required to memorise more formulae.
The GCSE will be assessed through three equally weighted written exam papers at either Foundation or Higher level. Paper 1 is a non-calculator paper. Each paper is 1 hour and 30 minutes long. Students will be awarded a level from 1 to 9; levels 1 – 5 will be awarded at Foundation level and levels 4 to 9 at Higher level. Level 1 is approximately equivalent to a grade G/F at GCSE; level 4 to a grade C; level 7 to a grade A and levels 8 and 9 are equivalent to a grade A*.
Studying this course will develop pupils problem solving skills, along with communication, numeracy, using and applying their knowledge, and calculating.
Intervention and support
Following each assessment pupils are identified that might benefit from intervention or support. In the lower years this might be extra help during break or lunch times, or extra homework being set. The mathematics department offers many opportunities for the pupils to receive extra help and support: On Tuesday evenings years 7 to 10 can attend revision and help classes until 4.30pm; on Friday evenings year 11 can attend.
Maths is a subject that is essential for many careers. Obvious routes following maths study would be the financial and accounting sector, teaching, statistics, IT and computing, retail; in fact, almost any career you can think of would require a pass in mathematics as a minimum.
To download the Maths curriculum map click HERE
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