The teaching of Mathematics throughout key stages 3 and 4 is based on the requirements of the National Curriculum. A variety of teaching approaches are used in order to stimulate pupils and foster their understanding and enjoyment. Mathematics classes in Years 7, 8 and 9 are organised according to tutor groups.
The material covered is in accordance with the Essential Maths Key Stage 3 course, with a course book for each of the three years. Pupils have their own course book for class in addition to a practice booklet for homework. Maths lessons make up 3 hours and 20 minutes, or five periods, per week. Classwork and homework are supported by the use of online resources, such as www.mymaths.co.uk. Mathematics homework is set once per week as set out in the school’s Key Stage 3 homework timetable.
Students are formally tested twice per term in class. The results are recorded and used to track pupil progress. The department uses SAT Reasoning Test questions of varying levels of difficulty taken from TESTBASE (a database of past SATS exam questions) to set the exam papers.