Mathematics is one of the most widely used subjects in the world. Every career and pathway needs some sort of Mathematics. It helps the mind to reason and change complicated situations or problems into clear logical steps.
The Mathematics Department aims to develop confident and proficient mathematicians so they achieve their maximum potential, develop an appreciation of Maths as a subject; its importance across the curriculum and in the modern world. We encourage students to discuss different ways of tackling problems, to explain and justify their explanations and to challenge their thinking.
Did you know?
People with an A level in Maths on average earn an extra £2,000 per year, compared to those who do not.
People use Maths skills all the time, from doing the weekly shop to designing computer games to building aeroplanes….
Key Stage 4
All students follow the Edexcel 1MA1 GCSE Mathematics course starting in Year 9. Students study one of two tiers depending on their ability, higher tier aimed at grades 9 - 4 and foundation tier covering grades 5 - 1. The course is assessed by three GCSE examination papers – one non-calculator and two calculator papers, each one lasts 90 minutes and has a maximum mark of 80.
The course aims to encourage students to develop the ability to think mathematically, to appreciate the interdependence of the different branches of mathematics, to use mathematics across the curriculum and use their skills to solve problems. The course allows students to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding required for every day applications of mathematics and provides a firm foundation for further study.
During Year 9 and 10, students will have short assessments following each unit and a longer test towards the end of each term. Students in Year 11 will regularly complete part or full examination papers.
There is a large emphasis on problem-solving in the examinations. Students will be supported in learning how to apply their knowledge and skills to answer these type of questions; however, they will have to build their own resilience when faced with questions that they are not used to, as this is part of the assessment required by the course.
Key Stage 3
Students are placed into sets based on their ability so each student can have the appropriate challenge and support in order for them to make the best progress they can.
Students work through 21 units during Years 7 and 8. Year 7 cover units 1 to 11, Year 8 are taught units 12 to 21.
In lessons, students have opportunities to develop fluency in skills, check that they have a good understanding and apply them to solve problems. We call these three stages, “Do It”, “Twist It”, “Solve It” and is an approach that helps students to develop “mastery”.
At the end of each unit, students complete short peer assessments and longer assessments at the end of each term.
Corbett Maths: https://corbettmaths.com/
Mr Barton Maths: http://www.mrbartonmaths.com/
Students will be provided login details for ActiveLearn, MathsWatch and MyMaths
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KS3 Curriculum Information
Internet Safety (1)
HTML & CSS
Internet Safety (2)
CPU/Parts of the Computer
KS4 Curriculum Information including qualifications
Advanced Data Representation
CPU 2 and Advanced Python Programming
Advanced Computer Networks
Ethical, Legal and Environmental Concerns
Programming Revision & None Exam Assessment Preparation
None Exam Assessment
Computer Systems and Software
Maths and Computing Staff
Director of Learning: Dave Gibson
Assistant DoL: Helen Harper
Exam Board and Specification Information – Year 11
OCR GCSE J275 Computing (A*-C)
A451 – 40% Written Exam
A452 30% Practical Investigation
A453 30% Programming Project
Exam Board and Specification Information – Years 9 and 10
OCR GCSE J276 Computer Science (9-1)
Unit 1 - Computer Systems – 40% Written Exam
Unit 2 – Computational Thinking, algorithms and Programming 40% Written Exam
Unit 3 – Programming Project 20% None Exam Assessment