Skills For Life
Faculty of Mathematics
Head of Faculty
Mrs S Carter
Deputy Head of Faculty
Miss L Williams
Our Mathematics Faculty is enthusiastic and well-motivated, staffed by maths specialists. Our students enjoy their maths lessons and are achieving well. We make the lessons engaging so that students develop a desire to learn. Students from Year 7 follow a programme of study which cover the areas of mathematics now examined at the end of Year 11: algebra, number, ratio, geometry, probability and statistics. ICT is widely used within the department on a regular basis. Topics are taught in a spiral curriculum with areas being addressed and developed over time to prepare students for their GCSE which is taken at the end of Year 11. We teach the requirements for the new 8300 scheme examined by AQA at both higher and foundation level. This then allows us to enter students for the tier that suits each individual. Homework is set weekly and is a combination of tasks to consolidate understanding and enrich their learning. Some homework tasks are ICT based and use internet resources.We are now offering a new course to our Sixth Form students this year. Core Maths is a Level 3 course studied over one year. It is ideal for students who gained a Level 5 or above at GCSE and want to continue studying maths. It links to other subjects and is based around real issues and problems that require a mathematical solution. It carries UCAS points.
We feel it is important that students understand the financial world in which they live and begin to prepare them for organising their finances once they leave school. During Term 5 in Year 9 we teach Financial Capability as part of our syllabus. The students are then assessed by IFS and can obtain a Level 1 qualification. Last year the course became computer based and tested. Students will spend time both in school and at home studying these important life lessons. The test consists of 30 multiple choice questions.
Entry Level Maths
Some students find the rigours of GCSE difficult when they begin the course in Year 9 so we offer them the opportunity to take the ELC qualification. This covers the basic number skills needed to access the GCSE course and gives students a good foundation. The qualification gains either a Level 1, 2 or 3.
We have close links to the University of Kent and throughout the year selected students from all years are invited to work with them at their campus on various maths activities. Students have enjoyed these days and have gained a different approach to maths and how it is used in the world of work.
We are also actively involved in World Maths Day during March and run various activities during Number Week that involve the whole school.