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Maths

Mr a appleford
(head of department &
Key stage 4 co-ordinator) 

What do you love about teaching?
Working with young people is a privilege and they always ensure that every day is a little different.

Favourite Maths topic?
I enjoy solving problems in general, so Circle Theorems are always good to teach as each question is like a self-contained puzzle.

Most memorable moment in teaching?
When a boy in my group recovered from cancer and was given a standing ovation for his extracurricular achievements and fund raising efforts it was impossible not to be moved to tears; an amazing young man.

What makes Silverdale stand out for you?
The students have such high aspirations and I want to help them realise them.

Why Maths?
If there is a problem to be solved, Mathematics will almost certainly play a significant role in the solution.

Why are you a teacher?
I genuinely want to ensure that the world is the best possible place for my children and this seems more likely if the people in it are better educated.

“The more that you read, the more things you will know, the more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” (Dr. Seuss)

Hobbies?
Playing with my kids, football, solving puzzles.

What would you do with a year off?
Visit my nieces and nephews in Australia whilst travelling the world.

mrs s manning
(deputy subject leader &
key stage 3 co-ordinator)
 

What do you love about teaching?
There is so much that I love about teaching. I love the variety – everyday is different and presents a new challenge. I love working with children, forging good pupil relationships and watching students grow over the year in confidence and ability.

Favourite Maths topic?
I think it has to be problem solving and puzzles, using all sorts of Maths to solve logic puzzles.

Most memorable moment in teaching?
This has to be the chance to accompany pupils on two World Challenge expeditions. In 2015 we spent a month in Borneo and Malaysia and in 2017 we spent a month in India. It is special to see pupils develop outside of the classroom and I have excellent memories from both of these trips.

What makes Silverdale stand out for you?
Silverdale students have high expectations and aspirations for themselves, they are driven to do well whatever their starting point and I admire the pupils for this. Silverdale as a school is an inclusive and friendly place to work, colleagues are very supportive and work as excellent teams.

Why are you a teacher?
I decided to be a teacher when I was a pupil in Y9. I loved my own Maths teacher and at that point wanted to be just like her!

Hobbies?
I love anything outdoorsy – hill walking, road cycling, camping. As well as this I love playing games, reading good books and travelling to new countries.

ms s damns 
(Key stage 5 co-ordinator)
 

What do you love about teaching?
Seeing pupils have a 'light bulb' moment.

Favourite Maths topic?
Centres of mass.

Most memorable moment in teaching?
Three girls sneaking a Mars bar onto my desk after they realised that I was upset, and wanted to cheer me up.

What makes Silverdale stand out for you?
The aspirations of pupils and their desire to do well.

Why Maths?
I started university doing a non-maths degree. As the first year progressed I realised how much I missed mathematics and just knew that I couldn’t spend the rest of my life without it.

mrs B dhimar
(key stage 5 co-ordinator)
 

What do you love about teaching?
No two days are the same! It’s a really varied job and seeing students develop as young mathematicians is really rewarding.

Favourite Maths topic?
I really enjoy teaching the algebra topics. At GCSE I like all the work with quadratics, and at A level I always enjoy modulus functions and vectors.

Why are you a teacher?
Both my parents are teachers so I swore never to be a teacher! I tried other jobs for a bit but after teaching English for a semester in Mexico, I realised it was the right career choice for me.

Hobbies?
Badminton and volunteering (the 2012 Olympics and 2014 Tour de France were definite highlights).

What would you do with a year off?
If money was no object I’d go travelling. I’ve visited quite a few countries already but there’s so much left to see.

mrs a chatterton
 

What do you love about teaching?
No two days are ever the same.

Favourite Maths topic?
Anything that comes under Shape and Space.

Most memorable moment in teaching?
The look of pure delight from one of my more troubled students when he was told he would be getting a postcard sent home to congratulate him on his progress.

What makes Silverdale stand out for you?
The wonderful mix of students from many different backgrounds with a broad variety of experiences to bring to the classroom.

Why Maths?
For fantastic career prospects, for understanding of the world, but most of all, for enjoyment.

Why are you a teacher?
I enjoy working with young people; there’s never a dull moment!

Hobbies?
Travel, climbing, yoga.

What would you do with a year off?
Take my children on an exciting travelling adventure around the world.

mr p christopher
 

What do you love about teaching?
The lightbulb moment when a student “gets it” and understands something new.

Favourite Maths topic?
In Key Stage 3 and 4 it’s definitely Percentages, Fractions and Decimals and how all these different types of number link together.At A-level it has to be Calculus as I love the way all the different methods can be incorporated into a seemingly impossible question.

Most memorable moment in teaching?
The day I was interviewed for my PGCE course. I knew then that my life was about to change completely.

What makes Silverdale stand out for you?
Every single student wants to do well and achieve to the highest standard.

Why Maths?
Maths makes you think – there’s very little memorising, just lots of understanding and thinking. The feeling of success when you finish a question is fantastic.

Why are you a teacher?
Every day is interesting, and every student is different

Hobbies?
You’ll often find me cycling around Derbyshire as I enjoy both Mountain biking and Road Cycling. I also enjoy a bit of running and enjoy the run over Houndkirk Moor to Longshaw.

What would you do with a year off?
Either go back to University for a year, or cycle one of the many long distance cycle routes through Europe.

mr a frazer
 

Favourite Maths topics to teach?
Multiplying fractions (it is so easy), solving quadratics and 2nd order differential equations

Hobbies?
(If I had time) rock climbing, skiing

miss r hassan 

Favourite Maths topics to teach?
Solving equations, probability and percentages.

Hobbies?
Baking and weightlifting

mr a hylan
 

What do you love about teaching?
I get to work with so many different students, each of whom brings something different to the table, and it’s great to get to work with bright and interesting young people.

Favourite Maths topic?
I really like anything to do with geometry and shape, so I really enjoy trigonometry. I also really enjoy Mechanics at A-level.

Most memorable moment in teaching?
I once led a day in a primary school themed around space, which ended in us launching a rocket (with water and a pressure pump) on the playground in front of some very confused looking teachers and parents.

What makes Silverdale stand out for you?
The students at Silverdale are fantastic, very confident and articulate, and it’s a joy to get to work with them day-to-day.

Why Maths?
A lot of people say they struggle with maths, or think it’s not for them, and I think that’s a shame and want to help. Especially since it’s so important to leave Y11 with a good Maths GCSE.

Why are you a teacher?
I really enjoy working with young people and remember having some really good teachers at school. That made me want to be a teacher.

Hobbies?
I enjoy music, films and art and I spend a lot of time running (currently in training!)

What would you do with a year off?
If I had more time I might start a PHD but with only a year I’d really like to go to another country, perhaps Singapore or Japan, and see what it’s like to teach Maths there.

mrs b naylor
 

Favourite Maths topic?
Algebra

Why Maths?
“Go down deep enough into anything and you will find Mathematics.” (Dean Schlicter).
I’m not sure who Dean Schlicter is, but I quite agree with his comment.

What would you do with a year off?
Walk around Japan.

mrs l taylor
 

What do you love about teaching?
Being able to make an impact on a pupil’s future.

Favourite Maths topic?
Partial differential equations.

Hobbies?
Knitting.

miss k robertshaw 

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