Maths

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 boys, by testing them on tables for a few minutes a day, engaging with on-line MyMaths prep by checking results and learning about what has been set before your son asks for help!

Maths in year 7 and 8 (Key Stage 3)

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

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, especially maths from the farm!

What will GCSE maths be like?

The GCSE course we follow in Key Stage 4, from year 9 to 11 is Edexcel Linear; culminating in two written examinations in year 11, which consist of a calculator and a non-calculator paper.  Students learn to analyse and solve problems using skills and concepts, again from the strands of number, algebra, geometry and data handling.

Sets 1 and 2 study the higher tier syllabus (grades A* to E) and set 3 the foundation tier syllabus (grades C to G).

Opportunities to extend and stretch students include ‘Set Zero’, where year 9, 10 and 11 students enjoy enrichment activities beyond GCSE as well as A and A* topics.
Foundation students also attend extra maths sessions after school, pushing themselves to reach their maximum potential.

Students are continually assessed using mock examinations beginning at the end of year 10 and regularly throughout year 11.  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 Maths: Mr I Ashton

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