Convent of Jesus and Mary Language College
An Outstanding Catholic School

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Maths

 

Welcome to the Maths Department

 

In Mathematics, students learn how to reason mathematically and develop understanding through identifying and communicating relationships between different strands of mathematics and building on prior knowledge. Lessons are varied and include time for students to practise and master skills, often using mini-white boards before applying the skills to a variety of problems and challenges; working towards efficiency, confidence and rigour. It is essential that students spend time practising and drilling mathematical skills in class and through homework; building on and these embedding skills is the key to success in Mathematics. All classes have a ‘weekly skills check’ to review or meet 10 essential skills each half term. Teachers also ‘check-in’ after 2 weeks to check new topics have ‘stuck’. 

Staff

    • Ms M Gallimore - (Curriculum Leader)
    • Ms A Anthony - (Assistant Curriculum Leader)
    • Mr T Amer 
    • Mrs O Trayanova
    • Mr E Addo
    • Mr R Famojuro
    • Ms R Eze
    • Dr L Bonelli
    • Ms J Lyskawa

 

Mathematic at Key Stage 3

KS3 in Mathematics includes Year 7 and Year 8. The Scheme of work is differentiated and focuses on the key concepts of Number; Ratio, Proportion and Rates of Change; Algebra; Geometry and Measures; Statistics and Probability.  In the first half term of year 7 pupils are taught in mixed ability groups after a baseline test and teacher assessment, pupils are put in one of three bands. Pupils are encouraged to practise and master skills before applying to problems. Pupils work collaboratively and independently to hone their skills. Away from the classroom pupils have access to Pearson Active Learn and Fronter resources.

Mathematic at Key Stage 4

The students start their GCSE in Year 9. The GCSE Mathematics course enables students to further build and develop their knowledge, skills and understanding of concepts related to Number; Ratio, Proportion and Rates of Change;  Algebra; Geometry and Measures; Statistics and Probability. The students are taught in ability sets, they are required to do regular assessments and an end of year exam in Year 9 and Year 10. Students have access to Pearson online learning to support homework and revision. We use the Edexcel exam board; the students take their GCSE exams in summer of Year 11 and are either entered for Higher or Foundation tier depending on their performance. The exam consists of 3 x 90 minute papers.

More details can be found on their website. http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/mathematics-2015.html

 Mathematics at AS and A2

The course follows the New Edexcel A Level syllabus for mathematics (first year of teaching 2017). A level will be examined in all elements at the end of year 13. There are two Pure Mathematics units: Pure Mathematics 1 and Pure Mathematics 2. There is one Applied Mathematics unit: Statistic and Mechanics. Assessment is by a 2 hour written paper for each module. There are 100 marks for each module. Coursework is not required. Although there is a large data set that students work with in their study of Statistics which is used in the Applied Mathematics Exam.

More details can be found on their website. https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/mathematics-2017.html

 

Extra-Curricular Mathematics

  • Students from all years participate in the National Maths Challenges.
  • The Maths and English department run a Spelling B squared competition for year 7.
  • There are also opportunities for students to attend Maths courses run by universities and The Royal Institution outside of school.