Mathematics

Members of Staff and Responsibilities

  • Mrs Andrea Perks – Director of Learning
  • Mrs Elizabeth Addison
  • Mrs Heather Brooks – Assistant Director of Learning: KS3
  • Mrs Pip Caunt – Deputy Director of Mathematics
  • Mr Mike Hunt
  • Mr Ken Pyper – Deputy Director of Mathematics
  • Ms Janice Robertson
  • Mr Charlie Wigmore – Coordinator of KS5 Mathematics
  • Mr Billy Wilson
  • Ms Sarah Workman
  • Mrs Sarah Wilton-Rhead – Advanced Skills Teacher of Mathematics (maternity leave)
  • Mrs Tracy Rae – Higher Level Teaching Assistant in Mathematics

Key Stage 3 Mathematics

We have introduced a focus on Mastery, to be taught throughout year 7 and rolling into year 8 the following year.  This year, Year 8 will continue with their current scheme of work, with mastery being used where appropriate.

Mastery in maths aims to give all students a deep, long term, secure and adaptable understanding of the topics.  For this, we will be teaching pupils to allow for:

  • fluency (rapid recall of facts and concepts learned);
  • mathematical reasoning;
  • applying maths to solve problems and give conjectures.

As the name suggests, Mastery is mastering the basics; to have a strong platform for the future and increase students’ confidence, whilst experiencing fun and challenge. This entails ensuring every student has the key skills, whilst challenging those secure procedurally with challenging activities and investigations; looking to extend their understanding through the application of these skills, rather than teach new topics.

Within Mastery, students will be learning by process of consolidation and accumulation, which will include frequent smaller assessments to ensure progress and that students are ready to use the required deeper understanding and problem solving skills required at GCSE (particularly the newly introduced GCSE).

Key Stage 4 Mathematics

Last year saw the Year 11 students achieve the school’s best mathematics results ever.  The progress our students made puts The John of Gaunt School in the top 25% of schools nationally.  Further all of our results, GCSE and A-Level, show a year on year improvement.

The GCSE Mathematics course is Linear.  This means that students gain the award by passing two papers: non-calculator and calculator.  Students sit either Higher or Foundation Tier.  Foundation Tier enables students to gain up to and including a grade C, whilst the Higher Tier is for C and above grades.  Both tiers and exams cover topics on: Number; Algebra; Shape and Handling Data.

Course content

The subject covers the following topics:

  1. Number Geometry and Measures
  2. Algebra Statistics and Probability
  3. Ratio, Proportion and Rates of change
  4. Geometry and Measures
  5. Statistics and Probability
How is this course assessed?

  1. Three 90 minute papers each 80 marks 2 of these are calculator papers and 1 non calculator at higher or foundation tier
  2. The course is 100% examined without coursework, ISAs and controlled assessment

Students start studying GCSE Mathematics in March of Year 9, following an internal Key Stage 3 assessment.  This gives students the opportunity to sit Foundation Tier GCSE in November of year 11 and to achieve a C grade.  Students then sit either Higher Tier in June to improve upon their C grade or Foundation Tier again.  The best grade that students achieve is the one that counts their GCSE Mathematics grade.

In addition to after school revision lessons to support students in their studies, prior to exams, they also have an Intensive Revision Day.  In July of Year 10, as at the end Key Stage 3, students whose best effort has been consistently maintained, are invited on a “Maths Reward Trip” to acknowledge and encourage this.

Key Stage 5 Mathematics

A-Level Mathematics is becoming increasingly a very popular choice in the Sixth Form, as is A-Level Further Mathematics, with high numbers of students continuing with mathematics and related subjects at university.  Where appropriate, students also study for the “Advanced Extension Award” or the “Sixth Term Examination Paper” (STEP).

As stated above, A-Level Mathematics and Further Mathematics are popular options in the Sixth Form and are becoming increasingly more so.  The numbers of students pursuing degrees in mathematics and related fields (such as engineering, physics and computing) is also rising.  Students applying for Universities who excel in mathematics, such as Oxford and Warwick, are required to take the “Sixth Term Examination Paper” (STEP). Other students opt to sit “Advanced Extension Award”.  We support and prepare students for both of these examinations.

To support the students’ studies, enrichment opportunities and mathematical challenges are utilised.  Over the past 4 years, a number have chosen to go on a week’s residential course at Villier’s Park in Cambridge and which is associated with the University of Cambridge, for either mathematics or engineering.

We follow the Edexcel syllabus for both Mathematics and Further Mathematics.

See our Sixth Form A-Level Mathematics / Further Mathematics pages for further details.

Enrichment Opportunities in Mathematics

We offer a wide variety of Enrichment in Mathematics.  As well as the revision sessions and rewards trips mentioned already, able mathematicians compete in the National UK Mathematics Trust Challenges; both for individual students and teams.  We also compete in the South West Mathematics Challenge, last year our students came 8th out of over 200 schools; we were the highest positioned comprehensive school in the whole of the South West.

As a Mathematics Specialist School, we offer in-house enrichment to our students and attend other suitable events.  These include events organised by The University of Bath, The Institute of Mathematics, The Further Mathematics Network and The Russell Group Universities.  Each year, a University Lecturer of Mathematics visits to speak to students contemplating taking mathematics in the Sixth Form.

The John of Gaunt School is also involved in and a supporter of the “Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Network” (STEM-net).  The Mathematics Faculty works closely with the Science and Technology Departments, to provide relevant and cross-curricular enrichment.

Where appropriate, students also go on residential courses.  At Key Stage 3 these are usually held at Klive Court in Somerset, whilst in the Sixth Form these are at Villier’s Park in Cambridge.

Essential Equipment

In maths, the equipment required by students is:   black pen; pencil; ruler; rubber; protractor; compass and (from March of Year 9), a calculator.  (These are all available from the school shop and local stationers and supermarkets).

Useful Resources

The website: www.mymaths.co.uk has revision notes and questions beneficial to all students, from Year 7 to 13.  All students are given access to this website.

All year 7 students have individual access to the Mathletics website and all students studying maths in the Sixth Form have logins for the Maths Net A-Level site.

Suitable Revision Guides (for GCSE and A-Level) and “Maths Watch” CD-ROMS are available from the maths shop.

Contact Details for Mathematics

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Andrea Perks – Director of Learning of the Mathematics Faculty:

E-mail: aperks@jogschool.org
Telephone: 01225 – 762637 ext 241