The St George’s Mathematics department has 13 fully qualified teachers, each with their own mathematical skills. With highly experienced Pure, Mechanics, Statistics and Further Maths specialists as well as examiners among the team, it is no wonder that Mathematics is traditionally the most popular subject at A Level.
Mathematics is a creative and inter-connected discipline that permeates all walks of life. We use a variety of teaching styles and resources to ensure that our students are fully engaged in their learning and enjoy the subject at all levels.
We aim to:
- Enable all pupils to build on the knowledge and skills gained at Key Stage 2.
- Enable all pupils to realise their own mathematical potential fully.
- Maintain and enhance the high level of achievement overall which the Department has enjoyed, demonstrated by external examination results.
- Broaden and deepen learning experiences and explore areas and concepts beyond normal study.
Throughout the school, students learn through a combination of class teaching, investigations, puzzle solving, use of ICT and set exercises from text books and work sheets. They are tested throughout the year to monitor their progress through the topics.
At Key Stage 3, students study the new National Curriculum, centred around the five main pillars of Number, Algebra, Ratio & Proportion, Geometry & Measure, and Probability & Statistics. In each of Year 7 and 8, the topics are split into six units – one per half-term with each unit building on the last in terms of complexity and depth.
Year 7 students are not set for the full academic year. The students are set in Year 8, with setting based on data gleaned from their general work during the course of the previous year. Each student’s setting is then constantly monitored and reviewed, with a full formal review at the end of each academic year.
Our Key Stage 4 GCSE classes commence in Year 9. Our students prepare for the OCR J560 GCSE specification at Higher or Foundation, which builds on the topics studied at Key Stage 3. The top Mathematics set also studies for the OCR 6993 Free Standing Mathematics Qualification in Additional Mathematics. This course provides a good introduction to A Level and covers four areas of Pure Mathematics – algebra, coordinate geometry, trigonometry and calculus – each of which is supported by a branch of Applied Mathematics.
For Key Stage 5, our Year 12 and 13 students study the OCR Linear syllabus for A Level Mathematics H240 and Further Mathematics H245. Few realise that Mathematics is offered as a single subject, part of a joint degree or is a vital part of 422 degree level courses in Great Britain alone. Earnings potential has also been found to be far higher than students without an A Level in Mathematics. It encompasses and is involved in subjects from Geography to Finance, from Physics to Oceanography, from Astronomy to Ecology and in understanding objects from Airplanes to Silicon Chips. As a consequence, it can be considered as one of the most useful, most diverse and most powerful subjects that can be taken at this level and that it is contained and used in a wide variety of careers.
Our department is passionate about Maths and we always try to pass this on through teaching and the activities that we arrange for students – whether it is the Puzzle Challenge Day for Year 7’s, the Maths Challenges or Maths Olympiads celebrating success with photographs and certificates.