Mathematics reveals hidden patterns that help us understand the world around us. This is much more than arithmetic and geometry, mathematics is a diverse discipline that deals with data, measurements, and observations from science. Mathematics teaches inference, deduction, and proof; helping us model natural phenomena, human behaviour and social systems.
‘Mathematics is one of the most essential emanations of the human spirit, a thing to be valued in and for itself like art or poetry.’
Oswald Veblen, 1824
Our aim as a Mathematics Department is to ensure that students are:
Able to read, write and verbalise their Mathematical knowledge to transfer their skills into other subjects;
Able to enjoy the subject, whilst learning in an environment that is safe, structured and creative;
Challenged to an appropriate level so that all students achieve their full potential.
There are currently nine full-time members of staff working in the department.
Mr K. Imrith – Director of Maths/Assistant Headteacher
Mr Z.Alisauskas – Assistant Director of Maths in charge of KS4
Mr M. Pigott- Assistant Director of Maths in charge of KS3
Ms L. Imrith – Curriculum Leader for Numeracy/KS5 Maths coordinator
Dr G. Maduabueke
Mr J. Pierre
The department teaches the full range of ability for pupils aged 11 to 18. It follows the National Curriculum for Mathematics. The department is strongly in favour of grouping pupils predominantly according to their attainment and ability, but always taking into consideration other academic indicators and their social interaction with other pupils and staff.
Key Stage 3
Pupils are set in two bands of four and three sets that are created on information received from their Primary schools, as well as internal assessments for Years 8 & 9. They receive four lessons of one hour per week. All pupils follow the same scheme of work to enable all to achieve as much as possible whilst securing foundational knowledge, with the expectation that some pupils will look at a topic in more depth.
To help pupils assess their progress, objectives within each unit are split into Emerging (E), Developing (D), Secure (S) and Mastery (M), and pupils have access to Google Forms that they can complete to reflect on their progress in these.
In Year 9 pupils begin the GCSE Specification, working through units corresponding to the Edexcel Two-Year Scheme of Work in the following way:
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Key Stage 4
Years 10 and 11: Pupils are set in two bands of four and three sets that are created on information from their internal assessments. In Year 10, they receive four x 1 hour lessons per week. The top six sets are entered for Higher GCSE Mathematics and the bottom set is entered for Foundation GCSE Mathematics. All pupils follow the EDEXCEL course.
Key Stage 5
Years 12 and 13: The department offers both Maths and Further Maths at KS5. The department also teaches GCSE re-sit courses. All pupils follow the EDEXCEL course. All students studying Maths or Further Maths in Year 12 and 13 are timetabled for 5 hours in lessons.
The department has full sets of textbooks that are tailored to the needs of the pupils. As well as these, all pupils are encouraged to purchase appropriate workbooks and revision guides.
However, most of the learning can be accessed online. We have found that through online platforms our students are able to progress at their own pace and get immediate feedback on their work.
Useful Key Stage 3 Resources
MyMaths – All pupils should have individual logins and can be set homework by their teachers to be completed on the platform.
ActiveLearn (Year 9 only) – Pupils have access to online versions of a GCSE textbook, and can also be set homework using the platform.
MathsBot – This website has a range of online manipulatives to help pupils understand new concepts by working through concrete and pictoral approaches before moving onto the abstract. It also has plenty of opportunities to practice numeracy or specific topics.
Nrich – Set up by the University of Cambridge, nrich provides a range of rich tasks and games that can be browsed by topic or theme, including regular puzzles for people to send in their answers to.
Dr. Frost’s Timestables Practice – Pupils can practice individual times tables or test themselves in a timed session
UKMT Past Papers – A selection of questions from past papers of the UKMT Tests, which can provide good challenges to eager young mathematicians.
Useful Key Stage 4 Resources
Students in Years 9 – 11 have full access to Pearson Active Learn, My Maths, Kerboodle and an array of websites mentioned below. Year 11 students have the additional privilege of being able to access the PiXL app that is more tailored to their individual needs.
Useful Key Stage 5 Resources
Students in Years 12 – 13 have access to Pearson Active Learn, My Maths, Physics and Maths Tutor as well an other relevant websites.
Extra Curricular Activities and Support
- After school revision for Year 12 and Year 13 pupils
- After school revision for Year 11 pupils
- Lunch time booster for Year 7, 8 and 9 pupils
- One-to-One lessons for underachieving pupils where appropriate
The department takes part in Project Based Learning, Specialism Week and Skills Days, and Gifted and Talented Competitions:
- UKMT Maths Challenge
- East London Maths Challenge
- KS3 Masterclass
- Numeracy trips abroad