Our vision is to create an environment where are students are happy and enjoy their Maths lessons. We aim to develop our students’ ability to work independently and build their resilience towards problem-solving. We want our students to have an awareness of their strengths and weaknesses and a growth mindset towards their learning.
We aim to ensure that our students have a successful transition from KS2. We take a mastery approach to our KS3 curriculum with a strong emphasis on fluency with number. During Year 7 and 8 we focus on developing the core skills of mathematics to best support our students when they move into KS4. The main topics covered are:
- Addition and subtraction
- Multiplication and division
- Area, perimeter and volumes
- Lines and angles
- Ratio and proportion
We stretch and challenge our students within each topic to ensure a greater depth of understanding before moving on to new content. We also work on developing their resilience and ability to solve problems.
During Year 9 our students begin their GCSE course. There are two tiers of entry for mathematics: foundation or higher. All final tiering decisions are made in Year 11. The knowledge, concepts, applications and skills required will vary depending on the tier of entry. Main areas of study are:
- Geometry and Measures
- Data Handling
- Ratio, Proportion and rates of change
Our classes all broadly cover the same core subject content within each term; they are then supported or extended as required. Problem solving and reasoning is a prominent feature of the GCSE course and therefore it is also a regular feature in our lessons; to ensure we best prepare our students for their studies.
GCSE Further Maths
GCSE further maths is an additional course offered to our most able Year 10 students. The course runs for two years and is delivered through a series of weekly afterschool sessions. We follow the AQA Level 2 Certificate in Further Maths which places an emphasis on high order technical proficiency, rigorous argument and problem-solving skills. Following this course is an ideal option for students who are considering studying maths beyond GCSE level.