We are situated in the main school building and our department consists of five spacious, well-maintained teaching suites.
Our aim is to provide all students with a challenging and enjoyable mathematics curriculum through employing a variety of teaching and learning strategies in a supportive and motivating environment. We are a very active department involved in a number of out of hours programmes such as, Masterclasses for able Year 6 Students.
We understand that many students feel that maths is ‘not for them’ but we believe that maths is for everyone. We provide support and encouragement to enable students to engage with, explore, enjoy and succeed in maths. We love maths; it is diverse, engaging and essential in equipping students with the right skills to reach their future destination, whatever that may be.
It is our belief that the learning and development of each student is through a partnership between parents, teachers and students, and we would like to reassure parents that they can feel free to contact us at any time.
The Mathematics Curriculum
Key Stage 3 (Year 7 and 8)
At Key Stage 3 the department follow differentiated schemes of work that link to the new Key Stage 3 Mathematics Framework. Pupils are set throughout years 7 and 8 but this setting is not rigid as opportunities for students to move between sets takes place at the end of each half term following an assessment. Feedback from these assessments forms an integral part of the students’ learning and progress within maths. The Mathematics Curriculum is broken down into strands;
Working Mathematically Students are encouraged to develop their fluency and reasoning skills through a variety of problem solving tasks and activities. These skills form an intrinsic part of the new mathematics GCSE.
Number Students are taught to understand the nature and beauty of number concepts as well as important techniques for everyday life skills.
Algebra An introduction to the language of algebra and the key algebraic skills is taught. Students should understand the importance and purpose of algebra as well as appreciating the more abstract ideas involved in this topic.
Ratio, proportion and rates of change Students should be able to convert between different units of measurement, understand the connections between ratio, proportion and fractions, and solve real life problems involving percentage change.
Geometry and Measures This strand covers all aspects of shape and reasoning, as well as applying the knowledge of measures to functional tasks.
Probability In Year 7 students will be introduced to the basic concepts of probability and will look at key concepts such as ‘bias’ and ‘the model of equally likely outcomes’.
Statistics Students will build upon their existing knowledge of averages, representation of data and data collection techniques.
Joe Grassby Teaching Team Leader of Maths
Nick Campbell Assistant Headteacher
Imogen Cropp Teacher of Maths
Rebecca Hare Teacher of Maths
Rachel Timmis Teacher of Maths
Julie Mlynski Teaching Practitioner for Maths