The department, therefore, has a responsibility to create an environment whereby students are encouraged and stimulated to develop a positive attitude towards mathematics and acquire the necessary concepts, skills and knowledge.
Key Stage 3
Students in Year 7 and 8, follow the national curriculum for mathematics as described in the National Numeracy Strategy National KS3 Strategy.
Students are set by ability and are taught at the appropriate level. Lessons are organised into four parts, connection, activation, demonstration and consolidation. Students undertake various assessments each half term so that we can accurately monitor their progress.
Key Stage 4
We begin our Key Stage 4 studies in Year 9. Students are set by ability having completed their options at the end of Year 8. Students follow a linear GCSE in mathematics with the aim to complete the course in a final exam in the summer of Year 11. The course has two tiers of entry and students are assessed on ability regularly and entered for the appropriate syllabus and tier. The two tiers are:
- Foundation grades - 5 -1
- Higher grades – 9-4
Various exam boards are used to maximise student achievement.