The mathematics department fully supports the philosophy, beliefs, values and aims of the school. Mathematics is a core subject that all pupils must take at Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4. It is our intention to provide opportunities for pupils to learn through a variety of different teaching techniques and by having high expectations of all pupils. We are keen to promote a positive ethos in the department, with our aim, especially at Key Stage 3, to provide pupils with an enjoyable experience in Mathematics. Good relationships between pupils and staff, attractive wall displays and a range of different classroom activities are all ways we seek to do this.
Numeracy is a cross curricular skill, essential for life long learning, and we believe that the mathematics department has a key role to play in developing numeracy. Mental mathematics tasks are used throughout the ks3 course to help improve competency in numeracy. A number of GCSE topics are specific to numeracy allowing the teacher the chance to develop numeracy at ks4.
All pupils are issued with a login and password for a mathematics website that can be accessed at home to allow pupils to do some extra revision at home. It also allows teachers to set online homework that pupils must complete at home.