“Mathematics is made of 50 percent formulas, 50 percent proofs, and 50 percent imagination.” Anon.
Who are we?
Head of Department – Mr G Murphy
Second in Department – Mr S Sheikh
Teachers – Mrs S Alam, Mr P Nugent
What do we do?
Over the course of Key stage 3, students develop their mathematical fluency and reasoning. They start the year by focussing on number work to establish a strong grounding around how numbers work and interact. As each year progresses, the students will further enhance this numerical fluency through algebra, geometry and measure, probability and statistics. Students are assessed at various points throughout the year; as well as using test papers to review progression, students will also work on investigative, problem solving tasks. We aspire to inspire our students to work mathematically, develop their thinking skills and their ability to work effectively, both in groups and on their own.
At Key Stage 4, students study a two year GCSE course and follow the Edexcel syllabus with a final GCSE examination at the end of Year 11. Students are encouraged to work both collaboratively and independently to ensure that have a good understanding of the concepts covered. They are assessed through mock examinations taken both in class as well as in a ‘real’ exam setting. They are also assessed through tasks that develop problem solving skills that are increasingly prevalent in the final examination.
A day in the life…
Maths is found everywhere and we aim to encourage students to see this through the lessons they receive and the varied tasks that take part in. Lessons will try to provide real life examples of how each topic is used in the ‘real’ world, away from the classroom. Students are actively encouraged to work collaboratively to solve problems and explain how they found their solutions; this may be through discussion, the use of mini whiteboards or on giant square paper! We want the subject to be enjoyable, without losing the focus on ensuring that each student achieves their potential.
Pretty much everything!
Some employment areas that look for strong mathematical backgrounds include: Accountancy, Aerospace, Bio-sciences, Medicine, Computing (including game programming), Engineering, Architecture, Banking, Insurance, all science based industries.
See www.mathscareers.org.uk/article/who-employs-mathematicians for further info.