Welcome to the Maths Department
Croeso i'r Adran Mathemateg
Curriculum Leader: Mr C Hoppins
Deputy Curriculum Leader: Mrs T Dixon
Staff Members: Mrs L Davies, Mrs M Griffiths, Mr A Lunt, Mr R Palmer
We aim to provide the pupils with a broad balanced Mathematics Curriculum which covers the mathematical skills needed for external examinations and prepares pupils for employment and further education. By delivering this we make a major contribution to the School Mission Statement.
The Department aims are:
· To stimulate curiosity, interest and enjoyment in Mathematics.
· To enable pupils to be familiar with essential mathematical knowledge, principles and vocabulary.
· To enable pupils to develop abilities and skills that are relevant to the study, practice and application of Mathematics.
· To enable pupils to appreciate the relevance of Mathematics in their lives.
· To enable pupils to work independently and as part of a team.
· To allow pupils to develop informed Hypotheses and to be able to support them by reasonable arguments.
· To develop abilities to think logically and use mathematical proof.
· To enable pupils to apply mathematics in the solution of problems.
· To enable pupils to be precise and accurate in their use of Mathematics.
· To expand pupils perceptions of the world and Mathematics.
· To suitably prepare pupils for employment and further education.
The Department has six dedicated teaching rooms all with interactive whiteboards, projectors and access to class sets of laptops. The specialist team of Mathematics teachers have a track record of ensuring pupils always give their best and achieve excellent examination results.
Key Stage 3 – Years 7, 8 and 9
Year 7 classes are taught in mixed ability form groups. Pupils follow the same broad Scheme of Work and Learning Programme using a variety of resources including ‘Key Maths’ Textbooks and “Mymaths” and “Mathswatch” websites. We look to adopt good practice and teaching methods from the National Numeracy Strategy, the Skills Based Curriculum and the Literacy and Numeracy Framework. All classes have specialist maths teachers who will ensure all pupils are suitably challenged and supported as they begin their study of secondary school mathematics.
Setting occurs from year 8 onwards. Pupils are set using all information at the Department’s disposal including homework, results in formal Assessments and overall teacher assessment. There is a Scheme of Work and Learning Programme for each set in year 8 and 9.
Key Stage 4 - Years 10 and 11
Pupils will be in a set which allows them to sit the appropriate WJEC GCSE examination. There is a detailed Scheme of Work and Learning Programme for each GCSE Tier. Pupils within a tier follow the same broad scheme of work using GCSE Textbooks, St. Richard Gwyn Assessments, ‘Sum Books’, ‘10 ticks’, www.mymaths.co.uk, www.mathswatch.co.uk and other suitable GCSE materials. WJEC Past Papers are used for a Mock Examination completed in the Autumn Term of year 11. The results of the Mock Examinations will be used to enter the pupils for either the Higher Tier GCSE paper, the Intermediate Tier GCSE paper, or the Foundation Tier GCSE paper.
When appropriate some pupils may also be entered for the Additional Mathematics Examination or the Entry Level Examination.
Key Stage 5 - Years 12 and 13
A Level Mathematics is extremely popular in our School and the numbers choosing to continue their study of Mathematics reflects how successful we have been for many years. All pupils follow the WJEC A2/AS Level Course studying modules U1, U2, U3, and U4. Modules U1 and U2 are examined in the Summer of Year 12. Modules U3 and U4 are examined in the Summer of Year 13.
Where appropriate some pupils may also be entered for the Further Mathematics Examinations.
Many students have gained places at top Universities after studying A Level Mathematics at St Richard Gwyn.