The department aims to develop mathematical knowledge and oral, written and practical skills in a manner which encourages confidence. The teaching is by a well-qualified, enthusiastic staff who help each pupil achieve as high a level as possible in the study of the National Curriculum.
The Key Stage 3 Lancashire Assessment Programme is followed. Years 7, 8 & 9 use STP Mathematics and resources specifically designed to meet the needs of the individual. For Key Stage 4 in Years 10 and 11 we use the GCSE texts recommended by the AQA Examining Board. We use a variety of teaching methods:
Exposition; practical work; investigative work; group work; mental work; extended project; computer (i) as a teaching aid (ii) hands – on; calculator expertise; games, puzzles and problems to solve; competitions.
Pupils are setted in all years in Mathematics according to ability but there is always opportunity for movement between sets. Homework is set weekly for all pupils and progress is monitored by a system of regular testing. This enables us to record achievement within the framework of the GCSE Targets. Pupils will e-mail progress graphs home at the end of each term.
Every effort is made to stimulate and motivate pupils of all abilities. We stretch the more able by setting thought provoking problems in addition to homework. Year 7 take part in the Lancashire Challenge, Years 7 and 8 the UK Schools Junior Maths Challenge, Years 9, 10 and 11 the UK Schools Intermediate Maths Challenge and year 10 Mathematical Master classes at Lancaster University.
We take pride in our excellent GCSE Maths and Further Maths results – well above the national average. Many pupils study Advanced Level Maths in the Sixth Form where again success is achieved at the very highest level.