Head of Department: Mr I. Cooper
Mathematics is fundamental to life in the sense that its unique language helps us to calculate, estimate and problem-solve. It also informs many of the choices and decisions we make about real-life issues and challenges and the actions we subsequently take. Our 5 year curriculum is designed to give students a positive attitude towards mathematics, as well as competence and confidence in mathematical knowledge, concepts and skills. We want students to have an ability to solve problems, to reason, to think logically and to work systematically.
Throughout the course we build on their prior knowledge, develop new skills and focus on an ability to communicate and apply these skills to different situations.
In Year 7, 8 and 9 students study topics such as:
Fractions, percentages and Ratio; Area and perimeter of 2D shapes; Types of numbers and their properties; Algebra, including substitution, solving and algebraic manipulation; Graphs tables and Charts; Averages and numerical measures to compare data; Volume and surface area of 3D shapes; Problem solving; Angles and geometry
In Years 10 and 11, students study and revise the following:
Fractions, percentages, Ratio and Proportion; Area, perimeter, volume and surface area; Numerical calculations; Algebra, including substitution, solving, simultaneous equations and algebraic manipulation; Graphs tables and Charts; Inequalities; Problem solving; Angles and geometry; Trigonometry and Pythagoras’ Theorem; Vectors; Proof
In 2019, 70% of students achieved a grade 4+, 34% achieved a 5+, 13% of students achieved the highest grades of a 7 or above.