Mathematics

Mathematics is a creative discipline of higher order thinking which sits comfortably across all areas of the curriculum and life in general. Mathematics is critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment.

At Priory we strive to ensure that our students are given the safe environment they need be able to gain the understanding required to communicate effectively in an analytical, mathematically reasoned and evidenced way. We appreciate the beauty and power of mathematics, and hope our sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject is embraced by our students. We recognize that each student is an individual and all students have the potential and right to be successful.

Key Stage 3

Pupils are set according to ability throughout their time at Priory School, hence ensuring all students are taught at the appropriate level at all stages of their mathematical development.

We build upon the work of our Primary colleagues and are taught to develop fluency, reason mathematically and solve problems. Pupils need to be able to move fluently between representations of mathematical ideas. Essential tools are acquired through the six strands of the subject content; Number, Algebra, Ratio, Proportion and rates of change, Geometry and measures, Probability and Statistics. Pupils sit assessments at the end of each topic to ensure mastery. Pupils who grasp concepts rapidly should be challenged through being offered rich and sophisticated problems before any acceleration through new content. Those who are not sufficiently fluent should consolidate their understanding, including through additional practice, before moving on. Priory subscribe to the Passport Maths programme of support for our learners who need to gain more solid foundations in mathematics. Longer assessments are sat twice a year; adjustments may be made to sets at these times.

Key Stage 4

Fluency is further developed in Years 10 and 11. The Functional Nature of Mathematics is studied throughout the course and enables students to recognise and use mathematical skills within Maths and in other contexts. The established pattern of end of unit testing to ensure understanding of a unit of Mathematics is further developed and interventions are provided where appropriate. Students will work from the Oxford GCSE Mathematics text books as a primary (but not only) resource and have access to these resources through the Kerboodle website. The Oxford tests link directly to www.mymaths.co.uk which is an excellent website with clear and visual explanations of the various topics that we study. Mathematics is an essential qualification for engineers, scientists and teachers and opens the door to careers in banking, accounting and many other areas of business and finance. It essential that if students are thinking about taking Mathematics at AS level in the sixth form they know they will need to achieve the equivalent of an A grade in GCSE Mathematics. Further Mathematics may be studied by able and industrious students which would enhance the progression into A-Levels and beyond.

KS4 Examination Outline

Our current Year 11 students are studying for the following examinations

Subject Exam Board Qualification Controlled Assessments Exam
Maths Edexcel GCSE N/A

Paper 1 – Non calculator 50%

Paper 2 – Calculator 50%

Linked Pair of Applications and Methods of Mathematics AQA 2 x GCSE N/A 4 Papers (two for each qualification)

The examinations for summer 2017 will be

Subject Exam Board Qualification Controlled Assessments Exam
Maths Edexcel GCSE N/A Paper 1 – Non calculator
Paper 2 – Calculator
Paper 3 – Calculator
(each has equal weighting)
Statistics Edexcel GCSE Collection, repre-sentation and anal-ysis of data – 25% Paper 1 – 75%
Further Maths AQA Level 2 N/A Paper 1 – 40%
Paper 2 – 60%

Beyond The Curriculum

pupilsThe department offers a range of extracurricular activities, such as the Maths Rock Club and visits to and from Portsmouth and Southampton Universities. The department also offers a programme of clubs which include chess and darts. Mondays are our dedicated workshops for year 11 students honing their skills in Mathematics.

High ability students are given the chance to take part in the UKMT Maths challenges where students have to think outside the box to apply the mathematical knowledge they have developed in class. Many students gain Bronze, Silver and Gold. Certificates are giv-en out during school assemblies as recognition of their efforts and achievements.

Staffing

Mr R Jull Maths Teacher and Academies Trust Director of Mathematics
Mrs R Parkhouse Faculty Leader for Maths and Technology (Key responsibilities for Year 10)
Mrs Lai Lan Head of Mathematics (Key responsibilities for Key Stage 3)
Mr S Lawrence Assistant Head of Maths (Key responsibilities for Year 11)
Mr M Acheompong Maths Teacher
Mrs H Barnes Maths Teacher
Mr S Chaffie Maths Teacher
Miss P Dawson Maths Teacher
Mr J Davies Maths & PE Teacher and Progress Leader for Year 9
Mrs K Davies Maths Teacher
Mr A Ellibib Maths Teacher
Mr P Hodson Maths Teacher and temporary Progress leader for Year 8 (maternity cover)
Mrs J Ramsay Maths Teacher
Mr T Dart Maths Curriculum Assistant and Intervention (Key responsibilities for Year 11)
Mr D Gibbs Maths specialist student support
Mrs J Grant Maths specialist cover supervisor
Miss S Brockwell Maths specialist cover supervisor