As a Mathematics and Computing Specialist School, the Mathematics Department seeks to inspire pupils to gain an appreciation of the importance and relevance of Mathematics, as well as to excel academically.
All pupils are encouraged to achieve their full potential at all levels by both the teaching that takes place in lessons and the extra support provided at lunchtime and after school. Maths Club takes place at lunchtimes and operates as a drop-in centre for pupils in all years to get additional support if needed. Exam revision sessions are run after school for both Key Stage 4 and Sixth Form pupils as required.
All Mathematics rooms are equipped with an Interactive Whiteboard and the Department uses a combination of traditional teaching methods as well as interactive teaching methods. Pupils are also given the opportunity to work on computers when a topic lends itself to this.
Pupils receive regular feedback from teachers and peers, both verbal and written. Pupils are regularly assessed with end of topic assessments throughout the course. Pupils are encouraged to self-assess and peer assess their work during their lessons and this is then used to inform future planning.
The Mathematics Department subscribe annually to the www.Mymaths.co.uk web site. The website can be accessed through the school login and password. Each pupil has their own user ID and password. Pupils can find lessons on every topic covered in class and can complete homework set. The website marks their work instantly and has lots of interactive Maths games to play while they learn.
All students in Key Stage 3 will be issued with a new A4 exercise book each Learning Programme (Term). This clearly outlines week-by-week the curriculum content both in class and at home. There are 3 Learning Programmes in total LP1 (September to Christmas) LP2 (January to Easter) LP3 (Easter to July).
Drama, Music and PE are working with Learning Journals throughout Key Stage 3.
All students in Key Stage 4 will be issued with a new A4 exercise book each Learning Programme (Term) or Unit (Relating to the Qualification being studied).
There are no Learning Programmes for Key Stage 5 subjects. The Curriculum Overview for each course can be found in the Year 12 and Year 13 tabs.
All Learning Programmes will be displayed on the first page of all exercise books. Each Learning Programme can found in the separate tab for each Year Group.
Key Stage 3
Mathematics contributes to the school curriculum at Key Stage 3 by developing pupils’ abilities to calculate; to reason logically, algebraically, and geometrically; to solve problems and to handle data. Mathematics is important for pupils in many other areas of study, particularly Science and Technology. Mathematics at Key Stage 3 presents frequent opportunities for creativity. Through the Mathematics taught at St Mary’s throughout Key Stage 3 we aim to enable pupils to build a secure framework of mathematical reasoning, which they can use and apply with confidence throughout the rest of their lives.
Key Stage 4
At Key Stage 4 we build on our Key Stage 3 knowledge and prepare for the formal GCSE exams. The knowledge and skills already developed will be used to solve problems and, in the process of investigating these problems, new mathematics will be developed and learned.
Full setting continues in year 10 and 11 and pupils are following the Edexcel Linear GCSE course. This is a two-year GCSE course with a final exam in the summer of Year 11. The examination consists of three papers; paper one is without a calculator, papers two and three are with a calculator. The examinations are on different days and last approximately one-and-a-half hours each.
Independent revision is even more beneficial at Key Stage 4 and students will have access to Justmaths.co.uk and Pixl to enable them to revise independently throughout year 11.
Key Stage 5
Why Study Mathematics?
The main reason for studying mathematics to an advanced level is that it is interesting and enjoyable. People like its challenge, its clarity, and the fact that you know when you are right. The solution of a problem has an excitement and a satisfaction.
You should also be aware of the wide importance of Mathematics, and the way in which it is advancing at a spectacular rate. Mathematics is about pattern and structure; it is about logical analysis, deduction, calculation within these patterns and structures. When patterns are found, often in widely different areas of science and technology, the mathematics of these patterns can be used to explain and control natural happenings and situations. Mathematics has a pervasive influence on our everyday lives, and contributes to the wealth of the country.
Mathematics is a very popular option in the Sixth Form and Edexcel AS and A-Level modules are offered leading to qualifications in both Mathematics and Further Mathematics.
Students studying A-Level Mathematics will take C1, C2 and S1 in Year 12 and C3, C4 and D1or M1 in Year 13. Further Mathematics students will complete all of the above modules in Year 12 and then take FP1-3, S2, M2 and M3 or S3 in Year 13.