Maths is taught by subject specialists, all of whom are committed to quality teaching through investigative and exploratory approaches where possible. Project work, challenges and games are also used to create a wide variety of approaches to lessons.
We are proud of the high levels of numeracy our pupils achieve and believe this underpins the academic success of the pupils. Maths and Further Maths are very popular subjects at A level.
Key Stage 3
Pupils are taught in ability groups throughout Key Stage 3, all following the National Strategy. Our emphasis is on enjoying Maths through a varied curriculum, whilst ensuring all basic number, algebra, shape and statistical skills are thoroughly addressed. Pupils are assessed each half-term and set changes take place as appropriate.
Key Stage 4
Pupils study the Edexcel GCSE specification. Pupils are set into four ability groups, with all groups having the opportunity to study for at least a grade 5 at GCSE. The emphasis, again, is on teachers using engaging teaching and learning activities. Pupil progress is closely monitored, with many internal assessment points built into the scheme of work. Pupils sit their external exam at the end of Year 11. A range of revision resources are available in school.
Key Stage 5
Pupils study the Edexcel specification at AS and A level. Six modules are studied for the A level, three modules for the AS. Four modules are compulsory and pupils also study two optional modules from Statistics, Mechanics or Decision Maths. Further Maths is also popular and leads to an additional A level and is very useful for pupils who wish to study Mathematics related degrees or Engineering at University.
A 'Maths Puzzle of the Week' is set to challenge all pupils each week and generates interest and competition from pupils of all ages!
Pupils from each Key Stage are selected to represent the school at the Sheffield Hallam University Maths Pop Quiz each March. We also regularly take part in the Maths Challenge and Maths Team Challenge events