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Maths

“Girls are capable of doing everything men are capable of doing. Sometimes they have more imagination than men.”

Katherine Johnson - an American mathematician who calculated and analysed the flight paths of many spacecraft during her more than three decades as a NASA employee.

The aim of our curriculum is to produce confident mathematicians who have reached their potential and have solid mathematical knowledge.

Mathematics is an interleaved subject and as such our curriculum is designed to provide our pupils the best opportunity to progress through their study of mathematics. All the required areas of the curriculum are covered: algebra, geometry, number and statistics. Lessons are planned so that the knowledge required to underpin further study is secured as best as possible, by ensuring a mix of retrieval of knowledge and new material.

The pupils are assessed through their homework and more formal tests. Formal tests will always encompass the entirety of the mathematics a pupil has covered to allow us to know how well they have progressed through their study.

Teaching is in flexible sets in the first three years (KS3). During Year 7 and Year 8 the Mathematics Department aims to develop pupils’ fluency, their ability to reason mathematically and to solve problems. Initially we consolidate and then extend the skills learnt in Key Stage 2. This will include work on fractions, decimals, powers and roots, basic geometry and statistics. Their facility with algebra is developed with increasingly complex ideas introduced; for example, setting up and solving equations, and rearranging formulae. We encourage the sensible use of calculators. This approach allows the pupils to approach the end of Key Stage 3 and GCSE examinations at an appropriate pace. We offer both the Higher and the Foundation tiers for the OCR course at KS4 (Year 10 and Year 11). Pupils will be examined at the end of Year 11, sitting a non-calculator and two calculator papers. They will be assessed internally throughout the Key Stage to ensure that their progress is monitored and tracked carefully.

Pupils are entered for the UKMT Maths Challenge every year in Senior School.