Mathematics


Overview

The mission of the mathematics department is to provide an environment where students can learn and become competent users of mathematics and mathematical application. Moreover, the department will contribute to the development of students as mathematical thinkers, enabling them to become life long learners, to continue to grow in their chosen professions, and to function as productive citizens.

To support our mission, we are committed to professional development, ongoing curriculum assessment and design, effective teaching techniques, and the use of technology to supplement instruction.


Our Aim

Increase level of attainment for all students, by providing opportunities to enhance their skills in mathematics.

Establish a safe and stimulating environment for students rooted in mutual respect. Allow all students to learn, making wide links and developing reasoning skills and logical thinking.

Guide students to reflect on their progress and how to reach their full potential. Students will have their confidence encouraged and their complacency challenged in order to maximise potential.

To achieve this, staff design and develop simple and effective systems and interesting and effective teaching ideas and resources to enable classroom delivery and promote mathematics across the school.


Key Staff

Dr McQuillan
Head of Mathematics

Mr Ahmed
Teacher of Mathematics

Mr Akhtar
Teacher of Mathematics

Ms Ali
Teacher of Mathematics

Miss Anwar
Teacher of Mathematics

Ms Ayub
Teacher of Mathematics

Ms Blake
Teacher of Mathematics

Mr Gyau
Teacher of Mathematics


Key Stage 3 Curriculum

In KS3 (years 7 & 8) pupils are initially taught in 8 sets on each year. In KS4 - students are grouped into 7 sets based on ability and exam courses across their year group. All students have 4 lessons in KS3 and 5 lessons in KS4 each week.

All students cover the following areas of Mathematics.

Year 7

  • Analysing and Displaying Data
  • Calculating
  • Expressions, Functions and Formulae
  • Factors and Multiples
  • Decimals and Measures
  • Angles and Lines
  • Measuring and Shapes
  • Fractions, Decimals and Percentages

Year 8

  • >Graphs
  • Transformations
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Right-Angled Triangles
  • Probability
  • Multiplicative Reasoning
  • Constructions, Loci and Bearings
  • Quadratic Equations and Graphs

Key Stage 4 Curriculum

The mathematics department follows a 3 year Key Stage 4 scheme of work for Year 9, 10 and 11.

The topics covered can be described under the headings:

  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Geometryli>
  • Statistics and Probability

Years 9, 10 and 11 will be studying the newly launched GCSE Mathematics course, with first examination taking place in June 2017. The new syllabus has considerably more content and therefore students start their preparation in Year 9. We continue to follow the Edexcel specification. The new examination will be graded 1 to 9, where a 1 is grade F/G and a 9 is above the current A*. Depending on their ability, students will be targeted for grades 1 to 5 (Foundation tier examination) or 5 to 9 (Higher tier). The examination will be assessed via three papers (one non-calculator, two calculator).


Key Stage 5 Curriculum

The mathematics department offers A level mathematics following the Edexcel syllabus for our sixth form students. This is a 2 year course, with all assessments taking place at the end of the second year.

The course consists of 6 modules, namely C1, C2, C3, C4, M1 and M2. Broadly, these modules cover:

  • C1:
    • Algebra and Functions Coordinate Geometry
    • Sequences and Series
    • Differentiation
    • Integration
  • C2:
    • Algebra and Functions Coordinate Geometry
    • Sequences and Series
    • Trigonometry
    • Exponentials and Logarithms
    • Differentiation
    • Numerical Methods
  • C3:
    • Algebra and Functions
    • Trigonometry
    • Exponentials and Logarithms
    • Differentiation
    • Numerical Methods
  • C4:
    • Algebra and Functions Coordinate Geometry
    • Sequences and Series
    • Differentiation
    • Integration
    • Vectors
  • M1:
    • Mathematical Models in Mechanics
    • Vectors in Mechanics
    • Kinematics of a Particle Moving in a Straight Line or Plane
    • Statics of a Particle
    • Moments
  • S1:
    • Mathematical Models in Statistics
    • Representation and Summary of Data
    • Probability
    • Correlation and Regression
    • Discrete Random Variables
    • Discrete Distributions and the Normal Distribution

Dr McQuillan

Dr McQuillan

Head of Mathematics

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