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Mathematics

The faculty aims to provide a wide ranging and balanced learning experience focused on the attainment strands of the National Curriculum. This entitlement supports the pupils in gaining the mathematical knowledge, skills and understanding required for examination success and life after school.

Curriculum

Key Stage 3
In year 7 and 8 students are taught in three college groups and are sub-divided to form 3 mixed ability classes.  Students in year 7 and 8 follow MYP (Middle Years Programme) learning skills through a Mathematics Mastery approach.  The department is proud to work with the organisation ‘Mathematics Mastery’ to encourage students to challenge themselves to deepen their understanding of a content area instead of being accelerated onto ‘higher’ content.  The Scheme of Work follows the framework specifications closely although we make every effort to connect classroom practice with the real world.

 

What is Mathematics Mastery?

  • Understanding concepts in depth
  • Cumulative learning
  • Challenge through depth, not acceleration
  • Number sense and place value come first

It is not:

  • Learning ‘rules’ or ‘tricks’
  • Practising 50 times

More information can be found by clicking here

Key Stage 4
The linear Mathematics specification is taught in year 9 till 11 using the exam board Edexcel.  This is done to equip students with the skills necessary to succeed not only as maths students but in adult life. Mathematics is seen as a vital building block giving students the thinking skills and access to logical processes they need to succeed no matter what their chosen profession.
There is no coursework in the current mathematics specification. External assessment comprises of an exam at the end of year 11 with three exam papers (2 calculator and 1 non-calculator).

Key Stage 5
We offer A Level Mathematics.

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All students have been created an account with MyMaths. Click here to access the website.