Our curriculum builds on knowledge from primary school so that students have a common experience in maths and are challenged in line with their individual starting points.
We will ensure knowledge is acquired sequentially and build in opportunities for recall of prior learning.
Students who grasp concepts rapidly will be challenged through being offered rich and sophisticated problems before any acceleration through new content. Those who are not sufficiently fluent with earlier material will consolidate their understanding, including through additional practice, before moving on.
Our curriculum enables students to reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.
The curriculum will allow students to solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.
Key Stage 3
All classes in Key Stage 3 have four one hour lessons of mathematics each week. Pupils are grouped according to their ability in mathematics.
The Key Stage 3 curriculum is divided into units of work that cover topics based around number, algebra, geometry, ratio and proportion, and data handling. Content is scaffolded and all groups are taught content to extend their knowledge and understanding as far as possible. We aim to ensure pupils develop their problem solving skills to prepare them for the increased demands of GCSE Mathematics in Key Stage 4.
Key Stage 4
The majority of students in Key Stage 4 have five one hour lessons of mathematics each week. Pupils are grouped according to their ability in mathematics.
Students in Years 9, 10 and 11 develop the skills and knowledge covered in Years 7 and 8 in; Number; Algebra; Ratio, Proportion and Rates of Change; Geometry and Measures; Probability and Statistics.
Key Stage 5
Any Sixth form student who has not secured a Grade 4 or higher in GCSE Mathematics is given the opportunity to gain this vital qualification, studying an appropriate course for two one hour lessons each week.
Sixth Form students who have achieved grade 4+ but do not wish to study mathematics to A level are able to continue their study of mathematics and support their study of subjects with mathematical content by following a two year course in Quantitative Problem Solving. The course covers; Modelling; Statistics; Finance; Working with exponentials; Working with graphs and gradients; Geometry and measures; Risk; Statistical problem solving and Use of technology.
Further details may be found at: www.ocr.org.uk
We offer the Edexcel A level in Mathematics. Students studying in Key Stage 5 have five one hour lessons of Mathematics each week. In addition some students are supported to study Further Mathematics in their own time.
All students study the areas of Pure Mathematics, Mechanics and Statistics. Further details may be found at: www.edexcel.com/quals/gce/gce08//maths/pages/default
Every year students take part in three Challenges organised by the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust at Leeds University.
The Faculty holds a number of targeted revision sessions, both after school and during holidays to support the progress and attainment of all students on GCSE and A level Mathematics courses. All mathematics staff are willing to help students individually with any aspect of their study.
The faculty is housed in fourteen classrooms on the first floor of the main school building. Each classroom has an interactive whiteboard and visualiser. One of the classrooms is a dedicated ICT room. In addition the faculty has a set of iPads and two sets of graphical calculators. We use a variety of textbooks and electronically stored resources together with access to interactive websites. The faculty also uses a variety of practical equipment.