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    Mathematics

    Mathematics: Head of Department: Dr K Itiveh

    Mathematics is at the heart of our everyday lives and here, at Trinity Church of England School, we aim to equip our students with the mathematical skills they need for life. The primary aim of staff in the department is to teach engaging, challenging and differentiated lessons that cater for the needs of all our students. We strongly believe that every student should be able to access and enjoy maths irrespective of their ability. On joining us, Year 7 students are rigorously drilled and tested on selected key maths skills that they require in order to succeed in the new improved National Curriculum. Our schemes of work and teaching resources are regularly updated to incorporate changes to the curriculum at all key stages. In line with the demands of the new Mathematics National Curriculum, maths lessons are planned and taught to encompass problem solving activities or embedded with elements of problem solving depending on the stage of the unit being covered. Students are encouraged to work in teams through group activities in and outside the classroom from Key Stage 3 to Key Stage 5.

    There are seven full time members of staff who are devoted to teaching of the subject in classrooms that are fully equipped with up to date electronic equipment. The department also supports students with their home learning with resources including mathematical electronic textbooks, websites and software that the school subscribes to, which students can access and enjoy at home.

    As a result of our high expectations for our students, KS4 runs from Year 9 through to Year 11 and, a high percentage of our students follow the higher GCSE mathematics course. This help to prepare them for GCE A level mathematics courses on offer in our school.

    Key changes to the Maths curriculum

    ·         There is more content to teach with harder topics being introduced.

    ·         There is a greater emphasis on problem-solving and mathematical reasoning, with more marks in the GCSE exams being allocated to these higher-order skills.

    ·         Students are now required to write three papers – two calculator papers and one non-calculator paper.

    ·         Students will also have to memorise some formulae that used to be given in the old curriculum.

    ·         There is a new grade structure from 9 to 1, with fewer marks at the lower grades and more marks at the higher grades.

    Equipment

     A Geometry set, a pen and a scientific calculator are essential equipment for lessons. These can be purchased directly from the school, with a maths revision guide, at a reduced price.