Mrs E Elder – Subject Leader in Mathematics
Mr E Mensah – Assistant Subject Leader in Mathematics
Mr B Finan – Lead Mentor, Teacher Key Stage 3 – 5
Miss N Ingram – Head of Year 8, Teacher Key Stage 3 – 5
Mr G Elder – Teacher Key Stage 3 – 5
Miss S Wilson – Teacher Key Stage 3 – 5
The Mathematics department strives to enhance the Catholic ethos of the school by using the mission statement as the foundation for its work. Each pupil is viewed as an individual with particular needs and the schemes of work are designed to provide stimulating and challenging tasks for all. The importance of community spirit within each class is emphasized as is sensitivity towards peers. The pupils in our care should feel secure, respected and valued and be assured that effort is regarded as highly as academic achievement. A truly successful pupil is one who has attained the highest academic standard that her ability allows whilst always working with honesty, integrity and a regard for Christian values.
To create a sensitively disciplined, stimulating and happy environment.
To present clearly defined goals which, while being challenging, are attainable, in some measure, by all.
To ensure that all pupils understand why such goals are important.
To enhance each pupils’ motivation to learn.
Our Approach to the Curriculum
There are five teaching sets in Year 7 to Year 11. Year 7 girls will be taught in ability groups, using their KS2 data. We regularly review the setting of the students, based on unit assessments throughout the year, end-of-year tests and the professional judgement of their teacher. In Year 7 & 8, there are two parallel top groups 1 & 2, two parallel middle groups 3 & 4 and group 5. The top four groups all have 24-30 students, but group 5 has less than 16 students, to allow them to get a greater amount of individual attention. In Year 9, the students are regrouped into five sets from higher to lower, based on their end of year examination results and their progress throughout the previous two years. They may remain in these sets until the end of year eleven, although their progress is continually monitored, both by the end-of-year exams and by informal assessments during the year, enabling set changes to be made, where appropriate.
Currently, in Key Stage 3, Years 7 to 9 is taught for eight fifty-minute periods each fortnight. In Key Stage 4, Years 10 & 11 students have nine fifty-minute periods each fortnight. Where possible, teachers remain with their sets throughout the school, enabling them to establish a sound knowledge of their students and, hence, adjust their teaching style to the students’ abilities.
The principle public examinations are the GCSE’s in year 11. Students in Years 9-11 follow the Edexcel 1MA (linear) GCSE Mathematics syllabus. For this course, the top three sets will take the Higher paper, enabling them to get a pass at grades 9 – 4. Set 5 will sit the Foundation paper enabling them to get grades from 5 – 1. In set 4, the decision to enter for the Higher or Foundation tier will be made at the discretion of the class teacher.
There are 2 groups of A-level students in each of Year 12 and Year 13. The recommended minimum entry requirements for this course is a GCSE grade 7 or above. We may accept students with grade 6 if they are close to attaining a grade 7 and they are recommended by their subject teacher as suitable for the course. The groups vary in size, but are usually limited to a maximum of twenty.
The students will have eleven 50 minute periods, in which they will study Pure Mathematics, alongside Statistics and Mechanics.
Further mathematics is an option for students who are studying A’ Level Mathematics and attain at least GCSE grade 8.
Brief overview of KS3 curriculum & weblinks
The content at KS3 & 4 is broken down into units of work, consisting of Number, Algebra, Geometry & Measures, Probability & Statistics and Ratio & Proportion.
Brief overview of KS4/GCSE curriculum & weblinks
We operate a three year GCSE course, starting at the beginning of Year 9, reinforcing and extending the knowledge from Key Stage 3.
Brief overview of KS5 curriculum & weblinks
There are two groups of A Level students in each of Years 12 and 13. The minimum entry requirements for this course is a GCSE grade 7.
Resources within department
Mathematics is taught in a suite of five rooms – D1 to D5. All of these rooms are equipped with an interactive whiteboard each. The interactive whiteboards are used in various ways to enhance the teaching of Mathematics and are very handy for graphical representations for example. When appropriate, we use the computer rooms for teaching Mathematics through ICT.
Students are expected to provide their own basic equipment. Each pupil should bring the following items to each lesson: pens, pencil, rubber, sharpener, ruler, scissors, glue, protractor, compasses and a scientific calculator. Year 7 students are expected to buy a Mathematics Pack containing all the basic equipment required and, also, a scientific calculator, if they do not already have one. We encourage girls to buy the standard calculator offered (Casio Natural Display), as this has all the functions required for Mathematics up to GCSE. A’ level students will require a graphical calculator or, at the very least, the Casio Classwiz calculator.
Further Useful websites/links
(Promoting women in mathematics)
(Institute of mathematics)