The Head of Department is Dr Itiveh
Our department Bible verse is: “For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’” (Luke 14:28-30)
The mathematics curriculum at Trinity Church of England School is designed to consolidate and build on the skills acquired at Key Stage 2. The programme of study at this key stage is embedded with skills aimed at preparing pupils for the study of mathematics GCSE. The department uses every opportunity to test the application of those skills using conceptual contents with real life scenarios, when possible. There are huge varieties of resources available to our pupils, in school and at home, to further knowledge gained and encourage them to become independent learners. The mathematics department at Trinity provides every pupil with hard copies of textbooks in class and electronic copies of the textbooks at home through their personalised login system. This is because we understand the need for all pupils to, equally, have access to the right resources without being disadvantaged. The department also work very hard to identify students who may be falling short of the desired skills and put in place timely intervention to bring them up to a required level of progress.
There is seamless transition from Key Stage 3 to Key Stage 4 and our pupils are better prepared to face the challenges of studying Mathematics GCSE course.
Key Stage 4
Gaps in pupils’ knowledge are regularly identified through detailed analysis of their classwork and assessments. Tailored regular intervention programs that run throughout the academic year are then put in place to close the gaps. One of our aims in the Mathematics department is to not only equip our pupils with the ability to pass their mathematics GCSE at the highest level but, also to prepare them with the ability to use mathematics in their daily lives. The success of our pupils in the mathematics GCSE has led to year on year increase in the number of our pupils continuing their A-level mathematics course with us.
Here at Trinity, our Key Stage 4 mathematics course runs from Year 9 to Year 11, which means that pupils follow a three-year scheme of work at this key stage. This was made necessary by the challenges and increased content of the new (2016) GCSE mathematics curriculum. The programme of study in Year 9 is mainly populated with key contents that make up both the foundation and higher tiers of the mathematics GCSE. This allows us to assess every pupil at the end of Year 9 to decide the most suitable tier of study for them. The programme of study in Years 10 and 11 is separated in higher and foundation tiers. Most of our pupils do the higher GCSE mathematics because of the rigorous preparation they have received at Key Stage 3 and in Year 9.