The overall aim of the Maths department is to develop a rounded perspective of Mathematics which will reflect the requirements of life in the real world, and prepare students for GCSE.
Progress measurement is central to the school’s ethos for developing mathematical and analytical skills. The Mathematics department will ensure that every child’s mathematical age will be regularly measured against chronological norms.
Pupils in the prep school will be given a wide range of foundation skills and techniques, specifically tailored for the dyslexic pupil. Whilst the four rules of number are important, the use of traditional vertical algorithms in a classroom environment is not always the best approach. They will be given opportunities to develop their own strategies for problem solving, and use them wherever practical across the curriculum.
Exam Board: Pearson Edexcel
Syllabus: Edexcel GCSE Mathematics (9-1)
OCR Entry Level Certificate R449
All students will study Mathematics in Year 10 and 11. The examination is a new syllabus, consisting of three papers, each marked out of eighty. There will be approximately twenty percent more content than in previous year. Each paper will last for one and a half hours, excluding extra time for concessions.
Students will sit their GCSE in the Summer of Year 11 at either a foundation or higher level. The first part of both tiers is a non-calculator paper. Students will have to take two papers of the same level in the same academic sitting. The grades awarded will be numbered for the first time from 1 (roughly equivalent to an old G grade) to 9 (beyond the standard of an old A star).
Students who have found it difficult to progress through the syllabus can still gain an iGCSE equivalent award, also taken in Year 11. The content of this course is specifically designed to be more accessible to pupils with language challenges. This award consists of two papers, where a calculator is permitted in each. It is not allowed to sit both iGCSE and GCSE papers in the same academic year.
Additionally, there is an opportunity to sit an Entry level certificate. This is completed in class time, and focuses largely on a pupil’s ability to solve simple, real life problems.
All the classrooms within the mathematics department have access to interactive and online resources such as mymathc.co.uk. There is also a full range of textbooks to cater for all levels of learning.