Mathematics

Departmental Aims

The aim of the department is to enable students to develop their knowledge and understanding of mathematics to the full extent of their capabilities, to have experience of mathematics as a means of solving practical problems and to become confident in the use of mathematics allowing pupils to make links between other curriculum areas.

The Long-Term Sequence (LTS) provides a learning journey from Year 7 through to Year 13 which allows pupils to deepen learning through fluency, reasoning and application; mastering skills before moving on to the next stage.

Through our activities we strive to give students:

  • mathematical knowledge, oral, written and practical skills to encourage confidence and success.
  • the ability to apply mathematics to everyday situations and recognise the part it plays in the world around them.
  • an appreciation of imaginative and creative work arising from mathematical ideas.

Accommodation

All lessons are taught in a suite of seven specialist mathematics classrooms.

Each classroom has an interactive whiteboard and its own storage for text books and equipment. There is also access to three ICT suites and a bank of laptops.

Provision in the department

All lessons are one hour long. Students in Key Stage 3 (KS3) have 4 lessons per week and students in Key Stage 4 (KS4) have 9 lessons per fortnight.

Key Stage 3 and 4

At Bishop Milner students follow learning sequences based on White Rose Maths in KS3. Students are to develop mastery before moving on and the design of the LTS allows students to revisit topics over different periods of time to encourage retrieval practice.

Students are set accordingly in Year 7 to 11 to ensure that they are covering content that is in line with their current attainment with stretch and challenge built in to every lesson with the aim that all students will at least meet age related expectation by the time they leave Year 11.

Assessments will take place throughout the year with a focus on the key skills for the topics being covered. The list of the key skills can be found on each LTS.

All pupils will sit AQA GCSE Maths at the end of Year 11.

Key Stage 5

Students follow the AQA Mathematics A level course. There are four one-hour lessons per week plus one dedicated hour of independent study.

The department offers revision classes on many occasions throughout the year to help students prepare for taking exams.

Extra-Curricular Activities

The department participates in various extra-curricular Maths activities, including the National Mathematical Challenge, National Chess Competition and Cipher Challenge.