Mathematics

Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries. It is essential for everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment.

A high quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically and an appreciation of mathematics.

Our students achieve outstandingly well at all Key Stages and our results are significantly above the National Average year on year. 

Here at St George’s Mathematics Department we always go the extra mile for your child: 

  • Reward trips for those who show dedication and progress in the subject.
  • Homework club.
  • Revision sessions during holidays for exam classes.
  • After school and Saturday revision sessions for exam classes.
  • Pupils across the year groups 7 and 8 are invited to Maths Puzzle Club, which takes place each week.
  • Every spring, our most able students take part in the UKMT Maths Challenge where they need to put their problem solving skills to the test and we are proud of the number of bronze, silver and gold certificates that pupils receive.
  • Students displaying strong mathematical knowledge at GCSE will be given the opportunity to take part in the mentoring scheme in year 12 where they mentor a year 11 student throughout the year. 

The Mathematics curriculum aims to offer our students the opportunity to develop a solid foundation in the key mathematical components: proportional reasoning, geometrical reasoning and graphical representations. This is achieved through teaching these mathematical concepts from a first principle basis to develop a deeper understanding and becoming fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics by developing their problem solving skills. Through our curriculum we aim for our students to link and master the different components to contextual real world problems, allowing students to appreciate the importance and power of mathematics in their everyday lives. 

The aim is to enable students to master their prior knowledge acquired from KS2, allowing students to develop their mental and written arithmetic skills through the absence of technology with calculators being introduced in year 9. 

Our Key Stage 3 curriculum affords our students the opportunity to explore the key concepts; Numbers and their Relations, Algebra, Shape and Space, Representing and Interpreting Data, Geometry and Measures and Ratio and Proportion through varied activities to instill the love of mathematics alongside building students confidence in their own ability.

The aim of the Key Stage 3 curriculum is to provide the foundation of the key concepts so our students are secure and confident to apply their understanding to the more in-depth Key Stage 4 programme.

Students have four contact hours per week. Homework is set twice a week in years 7 and 8; and three times per week in year 9; to provide students with an opportunity to practise the skills taught in lessons and to consolidate their understanding.

End of topic assessments (approximately every two weeks) will be given by class teachers. For these assessments pupils will receive a percentage only. End of term assessments will be completed at the end of each half term. All of the above assessments will be in their exercise books with parents’ signatures and feedback.

Useful links for homework and revision:

MathsWatch
Collins Connect

GCSE Mathematics is perhaps the most important qualification that your child will receive.

It not only gives pupils the knowledge to deal with practical problems in the real world, it is also an important subject when applying for Further Education and employment.

The aim at Key Stage 4 is to enable students to master and enhance the knowledge acquired from Key Stage 3 whilst linking the various concepts in the mathematics curriculum, therefore drawing on alternative methods to solve such complex problems keeping in line with the demands of the GCSE curriculum.

At Key Stage 4 we empower our students to build their confidence within the key concepts; Numbers, Algebra, Geometry and Measures, Statistics and Ratio and Proportion through a range of activities to complement their knowledge and skills developed in Key Stage 2 and 3. Every lesson, teachers aim to link the concepts covered to GCSE exam style questioning. 

Students have four contact hours per week in year 10, five contact hours in year 11 plus one extra hour for the Year 11 examination classes. Homework is set three/four times per week to provide students with an opportunity to practise the skills taught in lessons and to consolidate their understanding.

End of topic assessments (approximately every two weeks) will be given by class teachers. For these assessments pupils will receive a percentage only. End of term assessments will be completed at the end of each half term.

Useful links for homework and revision:

MathsWatch
Collins Connect

Commencing Year 11; students are given a CGP Knowledge Organiser which has all the essential formulae and facts to aid in their revision.

GCSE Higher

 GCSE Foundation

 

 

 

 

 

There are three mock examinations in year 11: November, January and March. At the end of year 11 students will sit their GCSE Mathematics papers; one non-calculator and two calculator papers. There are two tiers of papers Foundation Tier with grades 1-5 and Higher Tier with Grades 4-9.

Many universities consider mathematics to be one of the most valuable A-levels.

You will have the opportunity to develop decision making and problem solving skills, transferable to any career path you choose.

The aim at Key Stage 5 is to enable students to develop into mathematical scholars through an enquiring and investigative approach to their mathematical studies. We actively encourage independent research and study outside of the curriculum in preparation for their higher educational studies.

Having mastered a secure mathematical background at grade 7 or above in their GCSE, we aim for our students to explore the many fields that surround mathematics.

The key areas we focus on are Pure and Applied Mathematics, including Statistics and Mechanics. Teachers aim to consistently link the applied content to other Key Stage 5 curriculums within the school so students broaden their background of what they can do with a solid mathematical educational.

We also offer our highly able students the opportunity to study the Further Mathematics syllabus including Further Pure and Core Mathematics. Teachers at Key Stage 5 challenge student’s analytical problem solving skills through targeted questioning which allows the students to mature into highly sought after mathematicians.