'Our vision in the Mathematics Department is to create interesting and purposeful lessons which challenge the students and promote Independent Learning. We will instil confidence in the understanding and application of mathematics in the real world. We will achieve this by being a leading department that is enthusiastic, reflective, inspirational and innovative.'
The Mathematics department utilise a variety of teaching and learning styles including visual, auditory and kinaesthetic approaches. The department believes strongly that, within a basic framework, individual staff should be free to use the methods which they find most appropriate for the class and the individuals within it. Learning will focus on the 5 key process in Mathematics; Repeating, Analysing, Interpreting, Processing and Communication. Much of the work involves problem solving which is prevalent in the new GCSE and a skill highly desired by employers.
The emphasis is always on the pupils producing the ideas and information and the success of the department has its roots in the structured approach used to achieve this. The Mathematics department has access to PC suites which enable the use of modern technology to support the teaching of Maths. All rooms have an overhead projector and there are many hands on resouces available.
Homework is set on a regular basis in line with the school homework policy. In KS3, students receive two 30 minute slots of homework per week. At KS4 there are two 40 minute slots per week. Some pieces of homework will be on the www.mymaths.co.uk website to which the school subscribes. This can be accessed both in school and at home. Homework is provided to consolidate the work or undertake an investigation to enhance what is covered in the lessons.
The Mathematics Department supports a weekly Maths Club and encourages students to enter the many Masterclasses that are on offer. The UKMT Challenges, with students often qualifying for the National Kangaroo round are always enjoyed.
Mathematics teaching through Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 is done in ability sets. Regular analysis of progress and set changes ensure each student is placed appropriately and entered for the most suitable examinations.
We have a strong and dedicated department of specialist maths teachers.
Key Stage 3
Throughout each year we follow a scheme of work based on the objectives specified within the National Curriculum. Mathematics is taught in such a way that topics will be revisited from year to year with the skills required extended and deepened each time. Within the curriculum the students will be challenged by Investigations, Mysteries, Puzzles, Mental Agility problems, Functional Mathematics, Development of Key Processes, Problem Solving, use of Thinking Skills and Application of Mathematics in the real world.
Year 7 follows the following topics:
Equations, Angles, Coordinates and graphs, Shapes, Fractions, Transformations, Data Representation, Circles, Ratio, Use of Mathematical Equipment, Probability and Volume.
Year 8 follows the following topics:
Indices, Bearing, Scales, Data Collection, Percentages, Proportion, Simultaneous Equations, Volume, Inequalities, Pythagoras, Enlargements, Real-life graphs and Grouped data.
Year 9 follows the following topics:
Brackets, Prisms, Probability, Quadratics, Plans & Elevations, Pi, Trigonometry, Cumulative Frequency, Sectors, Statistics, Further Algebra and Circle Theorems.
Support – Some students benefit from additional maths sessions, which are targeted at improving numeric / arithmetic skills. One to one tuition is also available for those students who may need some additional support.
Key Stage 4
All students study Mathematics to GCSE level on the new 2015 1-9 curriculum. We use the Edexcel/Pearson specification with the majority of students entered for the higher tier papers. The most able students complete their GCSE early and commence on the A-level syllabus in Year 11.
At KS4 there are 7 sets, based upon ability and our aim is to get students at all levels making progress beyond that expected. More information can be found in the Key Stage 4 Options booklet.
Key Stage 5
A-Level Mathematics is a popular course at HGS due to its academic rigour, strength of teaching and superb results. Classes are generally taught between two teachers; one teaching the Pure Mathematics and the other teaching the Applied Mathematics. Full details of the courses offered by the Hitchin Schools Sixth Form Consortium are shown in the Consortium Prospectus.
We currently follow the Edexcel 9MA0 course which is liner and contains no coursework.
Edexcel for GCSE and A-level