Our Mathematics programme emphasises the importance of problem-solving skills through real-world situations and context.
A key part of our curriculum is the use of journals to explore mathematics in the world, allowing pupils to engage creatively with the subject in their own unique way. Underpinning this explorative work are the key areas of Number and Algebra, which are the focus of Key Stage 3. We use Sparx, an online platform that combines explanatory videos with self-marking exercises, which enables pupils to become more independent in their learning.
In preparation for the International GCSE exams, we extend the algebra and add in more Geometry and Data Handling, including incorporating data from the department’s weather station, which collects local weather data. Many pupils take part each year in the UKMT Mathematics Challenges. In addition to many pupils receiving Gold, Silver and Bronze certificates, many also qualify for the follow-on Kangaroo and Olympiad rounds. For pupils who wish to extend themselves further, we provide access to the UKMT Mentoring Scheme, allowing pupils to explore extended problems.
Mathematics is an extremely popular subject at A-level, with over half the year group choosing to study it each year. Of these, between 10 and 20 take on the additional challenge of studying Further Mathematics. Pupils continue to do journal work, generally on more extended projects, with Year 13 Further Mathematics pupils also giving a talk on an area of mathematics of their choice. Teaching is supplemented by open-ended problems from the Underground Mathematics project, together with exploration of the Large Data Set. At the end of Year 12, a few pupils attend the Exploring Mathematics Conference at Royal Holloway, which gives them an insight into Mathematics at university. We also support pupils though STEP, MAT and TMUA to give them the best chance of future success.