About the Maths Department

 

Subjects Maths

In the mathematics department we aim to equip pupils with the skills and knowledge required to solve different problems, but perhaps more importantly, we strive to build pupils' resilience and imagination so that they can apply their skills when faced with real challenges.

Mathematics is among the most challenging of academic subjects and it can therefore be the most rewarding.  Whilst doing all we can to equip pupils to succeed in their studies, we hope that we are also able to reveal some of the wonder and excitement that the subject has to offer.

In addition to the normal school stationery equipment, students also require a compass, protractor and scientific calculator (all of which can be purchased in the department).

 

Maths Department Staff

Mr Messenger - Head of Department

Mr Jury - Assistant Head of Department

Mrs Nolan - Assistant Head of Department

Miss Conran

Ms Black

Mrs O'Shea

Mr Monohon

Key Stage 3

Mathematics is a progressive subject - in order to master a given skill, it is often necessary to have mastered other skills already.  With this in mind we have organised the secondary maths curriculum into 'stages' and we name them according to the colours of the rainbow.  Pupil's work on a given stage for a year and then move on to the next stage in order to build their skill level across a broad range of topics.  We also work through four phases each year before revising them all at the end.  

The phases are: 

  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Shape
  • Data

Each pahase concludes with a test.  There is not a set length of time allocated to each phase as, for example in the purple stage, there is a great deal of algebra and not so much number, whereas in the orange stage there is much more number and not so much algebra to cover.  They last 'roughly' 6-8 weeks each.

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4 we prepare pupils for the AQA GCSE exam and therefore our whole curriculum has the AQA syllabus at its core.  We continue to work through coloured stages until the end of Year10 and in Year 11 pupils are given the finishing touches including plenty of 'past paper' practice.

Pupils will sit 3 exams of 1.5 hours, two with a calculator and one without.

To Support Your Learning

We offer Maths Clinic every Monday and Thursday evening after school.  This is where pupils are able to speak to a maths teacher about work that they need help with.

We are members of the PiXL Club and as such all our pupil's have access to the 'PiXL Maths App'.  This is an online resource that allows pupils to practice skills on their smartphone, tablet or PC.

We are also subscribers to 'MyMaths'.  This is another online resource that allows teachers to set homework, and pupils to practice skills with step by step lessons.

We sell CGP Revision Guides in school - please ask your maths teacher for details.

Websites

We recommend the follwoing websites to support home study.  They have plenty of videos and questions for practice:

mrbartonmaths.com 

  • GCSE Take-Away

corbettmaths.com

  • Revision - 5-a-day
  • Video and practice questions
  • Revision cards (available to purchase

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

Every year some of our pupils take part in the UKMT Mathematics Challenges at Junior and Intermediate level.  We also enter teams in the UKMT 'Maths Feast'