|Head of Mathematics||Miss A Ranford|
|Second in Mathematics i/c of KS4/5||Mrs A Smith|
|Second in Mathematics i/c of KS3||Mrs M Kaur|
|Third in Mathematics||Mr G Wind|
|Teacher of Maths||Miss R Ellis|
|Teacher of Maths||Mr D Whelan|
|Teacher of Maths||Miss K Gregory|
Mathematics is a vital, compulsory subject for all students up to GCSE. Not only is it viewed as a necessary subject by most employers, colleges and universities; studying Mathematics has substantial benefits.
We all use Mathematics every day, most of the time without realising. We check our change in the shops, work out how expensive a new car may be or where our next holiday is going to be. We use time to decide when we need to leave the house to get to school or work and to plan our days. Basic Maths skills are invaluable when checking mortgage statements, gas/electricity bills and bank statements.
Maths problems help to train your brain to think accurately and carefully. You will be able to think more logically, and to make better decisions in your life.
At the more advanced end of a Mathematical career, we have scientists using their Mathematics to design faster computers, provide a more responsive Internet, invent gaming consoles and programme mobile phones. Financial Mathematicians are able to create more efficient pension schemes, mortgages and saving schemes. Statisticians use their knowledge to guide insurance renewals for car, house and life cover.
At The Highfield School we aim to make Maths lessons as interesting and engaging as possible so that students can become independent and lifelong learners.
The better you are at maths the easier you will find Science, Design Technology, ICT, many aspects of Geography and even Music!
The curriculum in Key Stage 3 is a spiral curriculum, with some topics being re-visited in subsequent years but being studied to a greater depth each time. Students are continually assessed within the lesson as well as through homework tasks and will have an assessment at the end of each half term. We have embedded problem solving and numeracy into the curriculum. In each of the 2 years there are resources to cater for the whole range of ability. A number of activities, including the use of ICT and investigational work, are included to provide a comprehensive curriculum.
In Years 9, 10 and 11 the year groups are set and taught according to ability. We are following the Edexcel (1-9) syllabus. Students will study a range of topics over the GCSE course in the strands of Number, Algebra, Ratio and Proportion, Geometry and Measures, Probability and Statistics. There are regular assessments in class, as well as Mock assessments. In the Summer of Year 11 students will sit 3 papers, one non-calculator and two calculator papers.
Mathematics is a popular and successful subject with large numbers of students choosing to study it at A Level. Each year we have a number of students who also choose to study Further Mathematics at A Level.
We are currently following the Edexcel Mathematics A Level course, which runs across the 2 years, and students will study both pure and applied maths, which includes both statistics and mechanics. Students will be assessed at the end of Year 13.
USEFUL LINKS AND RESOURCES
- https://www.mathswatchvle.com/ (An online resource where students can work through mini lessons with worked examples and complete worksheets linked to each clip. Students will receive their own individual logins)
Can Students move or work their way up to a higher set?
Students can move between sets based on test results and continuous teacher assessment.
What resources does the maths department have?
In each classroom the department has a whiteboard or a projector, which allows a wide variety of motivational and educational activities in every lesson. Depending on year, pupils will be given textbooks and/or homework books to take home.
What else can students do to enhance their skills?
Students are encouraged to improve their skills through continual practise. We set students daily challenges, and we encourage independent learning through the use of ICT at home.