Department staff:

Mr M Bruce: Temporary Subject Leader & Assistant Headteacher

Miss E McFadzean: Assistant Subject Leader

Mr M Ainscough

Miss S Callin

Mrs J Crossey

Mr M Downie

Mrs R Garbett

Mrs C Hadcroft

Miss C Hennigan

Mrs L Kirby

Miss L Mansfield

Mr M Smith – Deputy Headteacher

Mr R Woodcock

Mrs J Marsh: Department assistant

Key Stage 3

Overview of the course

The KS3 national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
  • reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
  • can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.

Mathematics is an interconnected subject in which pupils need to be able to move fluently between representations of mathematical ideas. The programme of study for key stage 3 is organised into apparently distinct domains, but pupils should build on key stage 2 and connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. They should also apply their mathematical knowledge in science, geography, computing and other subjects.

What will I learn?

The distinct topic domains in KS3 cover; Number; Ratio and Proportion, Algebra, Geometry and Measures as well as Handling Data. Throughout KS3 lessons, there will be an explicit focus on problem-solving and applications of mathematics in context.

What will I do?

Our schemes of work follows the new KS3 programme of study which focuses on developing students processing and thinking skills. Students will have plenty of opportunities to apply their mathematical knowledge to practical situations and problem-solving exercises. During lessons there will be times when students will use various Assessment for Learning techniques to assess both themselves and their peers – this will help them to find out what they need to do to progress and improve. Throughout Key Stage 3, students will have the chance to take part in national maths challenges, Gifted and Talented workshops, a puzzle day and in Year 8 will participate in a whole day Maths Trail in York.

Key Stage 4: Mathematics

GCSE Mathematics

Overview of the course

At GCSE, you will build upon the work completed during Key Stage 3, ensuring that you can find links between different topics and solve problems using a range of skills. Similar to Key Stage 3, learning is developed and extended across Number, Ratio and Proportion, Algebra, Geometry and Measures and Handling Data. The course is split into 10 blocks, starting in Y9 and culminating in three examinations at the end of Year 11. You will learn how mathematics can be used outside of the classroom and you will gain problem-solving skills that can be used across school.

Examination board:

We are currently preparing students for the Edexcel examination board.

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