Our aim is to instil a passion for mathematics in every student by ensuring that they are completely confident in their number skills. We want every student to leave us with the best possible grade and feel happy to enter the next stage of their life knowing that they can work with numbers in whatever capacity they may require.
We encourage students to have high aspirations for themselves and many students exceed their target grade. We offer students the opportunity to become mathematics ambassadors. These student ambassadors offer support to their peers as well as helping to instil a love of mathematics across the school.
Enrichment opportunities include the Maths Challenge for gifted and talented students, Number day with the NSPCC and a celebration of Pi day in March. We also invite external speakers to run mathematical challenges as well as participating in ‘Olympiad’ style competitions.
Key Stage 3
In Key Stage 3, we work to foster confidence, independence and resilience in all our students. Our carefully differentiated scheme of work enables students to move at an appropriate pace through the six main topic areas of the national curriculum: number, algebra, ratio and proportion, probability, statistics and geometry. The scheme of work reflects the recent changes to the GCSE curriculum.
Throughout Key Stage 3, students are encouraged to become more independent in their learning, both in and out of the classroom. Homework is issued regularly and is designed to enrich and extend the learning that has taken place in the classroom. We encourage the use of the excellent website My Maths, which gives rich opportunities for practising mathematics skills at home.
Key Stage 4
The Key Stage 4 curriculum is designed to follow on seamlessly from work covered at Key Stage 3 and covers the wide range of topic areas, as outlined above. Within each unit of work there is an opportunity to recap prior learning before students are exposed to new and more challenging concepts. Students are once again encouraged to be independent in their learning by recapping and revising at home. They can do this online using websites such as My Maths, or by using an appropriate revision guide.
As at Key Stage 3, teachers create homework sheets that revise and recap all prior learning, so that students are constantly revisiting topics and receiving feedback.
All students study the linear GCSE course which consists of three examinations from June 2017, two calculator papers and one non-calculator, taken at the end of the course. There is currently no coursework for GCSE mathematics.
Key Stage 5
As part of Denefield Sixth Form students study GCE Mathematics and Further Mathematics. This course enables students to build on strong algebra skills from GCSE and select applied modules to complement their other subjects.