Mathematics

MATHEMATICS is the universal language.  We believe in deepening the understanding of every student by enriching the learning experience and promoting an enjoyment of the subject.

                                                   “A rising tide lifts all ships”

We encourage parents to support their sons, by testing them on tables for a few minutes a day, engaging with on-line MyMaths and MathsWatch prep by checking results and learning about what has been set before your son asks for help.

Mathematics in Year 7 and 8 (Key Stage 3)

In mathematics we study four areas; number, algebra, geometry and statistics.

The mathematics course has been designed to enable success by building on previous experiences of the subject.  Due to the nature of the syllabus we deliver a stage not age approach thus capitalising on every student’s prior knowledge, revisiting topics each year to consolidate, to build on and to extend previous learning.

Boys are placed in ability groups, which are regularly reviewed.  They are continuously monitored by their teacher and assessed on each topic area covered, then feedback on success and areas of improvement can be personalised.

We encourage an enjoyment of the subject through competition and making use of our inspiring surroundings.

What will GCSE maths be like?

We use the 9-1 GCSE Edexcel Linear course; culminating in three written examinations in year 11, which consist of one non-calculator and two calculator papers, each is ninety minutes long.  Students learn to analyse and solve problems using skills and concepts, again from the strands of number, algebra, geometry and statistics.

Students in set 1 study the higher tier syllabus (grades 9 to 4) and sets 2 and 3 study the foundation tier syllabus (grades 5 to 1).

Opportunities to stretch and challenge include ‘Set Zero’, where year 10 and 11 students enjoy enrichment activities beyond GCSE as well as studying grade 8 and 9 topics. A similar opportunity for year 7, 8 and 9 students is ‘1Lead Learners’ providing for those higher ability students who have the potential to exceed their target.
Students regularly attend extra maths sessions after and before school, pushing themselves to reach their maximum potential.

Students are continually assessed using GCSE style questioning, aligned to the topic being studied, from years 7 to 10 at the end of each half-term and, using formal mock examinations throughout Key Stage 4.  Expectations are high; students must improve their grade term by term to arrive at their examination confident to achieve their target grade or more.

Head of Mathematics: Mr I Ashton

 

 

 

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