Mathematics lessons are aimed to develop students’ knowledge, skills and understanding of methods and concepts. The mathematics curriculum is divided into five subject areas – Number; Ratio, Proportion and Rates of Change; Algebra; Statistics & Probability; Geometry & Measures. These are taught and revised over the key stages to provide greater variety and mental stimuli for our students. We also put emphasis on the Functional Skills element of mathematics to improve on the confidence of those students who joined us with little interest in mathematics. We do this by incorporating mathematical games, real-life examples of how maths is used and kinaesthetic materials.
Key Stage 3
Students in Key Stage 3 are taught the main five subject areas in mathematics across the key stage. Students in year nine are introduced to the GCSE curriculum and work at a more advanced role to build on their problem-solving skills.
Key Stage 4
During Year 10 and 11 students are prepared and entered for the Edexcel mathematics GCSE award and Functional Skills – depending on their ability. Students who progress in the Functional Skills and GCSE in Year 10 are encouraged to take the Higher Tier levels of mathematics in Year 11. We do this by making it fun with educational trip activities, real life problem solving and games. The GCSE final examinations consist of one non-calculator paper and two calculator papers.