The Mathematics Department, consisting of four full-time teachers, two part-time teachers and two Deputy Head Teachers, is the largest in the school teaching all the students in Years 7 to 11. The number of AS/A2 level students taking Mathematics is one of the highest in the school.
Years 7 to 9 students follow the National Curriculum for KS3. Lessons are varied in style and content and many contain an ICT component. My Maths is used regularly for homework or as an aid to revision. All Year 10 and 11 students are following the new specification for GCSE Edexcel GCSE 9-1 2015
In the sixth form single mathematicians study for the AQA A Level Mathematics course, whilst students opting for A-Levels in maths and further maths follow the OCR MEI A Level Mathematics and Further Mathematics course.
All our students are closely monitored and any requiring additional support and guidance are able to receive this through our mentoring process. We also run a dedicated drop in ‘Maths clinic’ for Sixth formers and every year this is extended to Year 11 students after their mock examinations in January.
In Year 7 – 9, a programme of sessions for the most able runs alongside normal maths lessons. These sessions aim to explore areas of mathematics beyond the National Curriculum. More able students in all year groups make use of the resources found on IGGY, an online resource developed by the University of Warwick.
The Maths department offers a range of enrichment opportunities throughout the year. Maths teachers regularly make use of resources such as Nrich, resourceaholic and Don Steward within their teaching, challenging pupils to think beyond the syllabus and improve their mathematical reasoning. We have also taken students on a regular basis to STEM events run by RAF Cranwell. These events have seen our students using their Mathematical skills to solve real-life problems that the armed forces encounter every day.
We enter students in Years 7 and 8 into the UK Junior Maths Challenge and regularly have students who progress to the next round, the Junior Olympiad. We also enter students in Years 9, 10 and 11 into the Intermediate Challenge and students in Years 12 and 13 into the Senior Challenge, with many students regularly progressing to the Olympiad or the European Kangaroo. The department supports all the team maths challenges and enters teams into the Junior, Intermediate and Senior Team UK team challenges with regular successes.
MyMaths Website (for homework and revision): www.mymaths.co.uk
National Curriculum for Key Stage 3: National Curriculum for KS3 - Mathematics.pdf
Edexcel Higher Level GCSE course (Years 10 and 11): Edexcel Higher Level GCSE coursel
AQA A-level in Mathematics: AQA A-level in Mathematics
OCR MEI course: OCR MEI course
Corbettmaths - Videos, worksheets, 5-a-day and much more: www.corbettmaths.com
mr barton maths is suitable for teachers and students: www.mrbartonmaths.com
for A level: www.studywell.com
GCSE textbook and homework book can be found on this website: www.kerboodle.com
Today 87 Year 7 and Year 8 students chose to participate in the UKMT Junior Mathematics Challenge. The UKMT Individual Maths Challenges are lively, intriguing multiple choice question papers, which are designed to stimulate interest in mathematics. The three levels cover the secondary school range 11-18 and together they attract over 600,000 entries from over 4,000 schools and colleges.
The papers contain 25 multiple choice questions. Of these, the first 15 are more accessible whilst the final 10 will provide more food for thought. Gold, silver and bronze certificates are awarded to 40% of participants nationally in the Junior and Intermediate Challenges, and 60% of participants nationally in the Senior Challenge. The most successful participants at each level are invited to enter follow-on rounds; Kangaroos (multiple choice questions) or Olympiads requiring full written answers.
A summary of how QEGS students did will follow as soon as the results have been processed.