Clearly an understanding of mathematics is vital to provide the numeracy skills to allow us to get by in everyday life. On another level, there is an inherent beauty and wonder in mathematics which students have the opportunity to discover.
All mathematics rooms are equipped with interactive whiteboards, which allow access to a range of resources including the Internet.
Access to Chrome books allows Mathematics classes to use Hegarty Maths, Desmos! and other mathematics programs.
All students follow the National Curriculum, but are set according to ability, so they are studying at a level that suits them. Set changes can occur at any time, but usually take place once every half term.
Key Stage 3
At Key Stage 3, we have a two year focus on Grade 5-1 topics to link with the new Maths GCSE. Skills taught in primary school are reinforced while new content is introduced and developed over the two years. Our aim is that students get a foundation understanding for low grade topics assessed at GCSE and they are stretched to higher grade topics when applicable. Students will learn topics in the five strands of: number, ratio, algebra, statistics and geometry. Problem solving skills are highlighted as well throughout so students develop a deeper understanding in topics and are better prepared for the more rigorous GCSE exams.
Key Stage 4
At Key Stage 4 we follow the AQA GCSE specification. The examination is assessed at two tiers. The Higher tier assesses Grades 9- 4, whilst the Foundation tier assesses Grades 5 – 1. Our top sets in KS4 have the opportunity to take the AQA Level 2 Certificate in Further Mathematics.
Key Stage 5
At Key Stage 5, our cohort are following the new Edexcel specification where students study Pure Mathematics, Statistics and Mechanics. The course is linear and all three papers are sat at the end of Year 13. We offer Further Mathematics at A-Level where students sit the regular Math A-Level papers as well as further maths papers at the end of the 2-year course.
Throughout the year we have numerous students from all year groups who take part in the UK Mathematics Challenge. We also take part in Mathematics Masterclasses run by the Hillingdon Mathematics society. We are a member of the Further Maths Network and our students participate in competitions and enrichment activities provided through this organisation. Our Year 10 and Year 12 girls regularly participate in events organised by the University of Oxford’s Maths and Computing Departments to encourage girls to continue studying Maths post-16. Year 10 students regularly attend a summer school run by King’s Maths School.
Subject Leader: Hannah Vorce