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Senior Maths

Welcome to the Mathematics Department


“It is numbers, not words, which make up the language of the universe.”

“Mathematics is the Empress of the Sciences. Without her, there would be no physics, nor chemistry, nor cosmology. Any field of study depending on statistics, geometry, or any kind of calculation would simply cease to be. And then, there are the practical applications: without maths there is no architecture, no commerce, no accurate maps, or time-keeping: therefore no navigation, nor aviation, nor astronomy.”

“She is all-powerful and she rules ruthlessly.”

Marcus du Sautoy (Professor of Mathematics at Oxford University)

It is with this in mind that we realise what an awesome responsibility and privilege it is to teach mathematics. It is this realisation that is the source of our motivation and enthusiasm for mathematics and for the teaching of mathematics at Trinity School. We view the teaching and learning of mathematics as an exciting journey of discovery as we search for patterns and develop mathematical skills through investigation, discussion, practise and application.

At Trinity School we aim: 

  • to develop, maintain and stimulate students' interest, fascination and enjoyment in mathematics.
  • to develop students' familiarity with appropriate mathematical concepts, techniques and vocabulary and with how mathematics can be used and applied to the real world.
  • to encourage students to develop personal qualities such as perseverance, initiative, self-confidence and independence and to be able to work both individually and co-operatively in a mathematical setting.
  • to enable all students to have equal access to mathematics and to experience success in their work at their own level.
  • to provide opportunities for students to stimulate higher order logical thinking and problem solving skills.

 

Facilities

The department is well resourced with specialist Mathematics software and practical equipment, to enable various investigative and problem solving tasks to be incorporated into the teaching of mathematics.

 

Staffing

Wendy Martin – Head of Department.

Wendy Grant – Teacher of Mathematics.

 

Courses at KS3

KS3 (years 7, 8 and 9) classes are set according to ability and schemes of work are based on the National Curriculum. The main text used is the “Exploring maths” series, but this is supplemented by other texts such as the Mathematics Enhancement Programme (MEP) and by our own ideas.

 

Courses at GCSE

KS4 (years 10 and 11) classes are set according to ability and schemes of work are based on the National Curriculum. The main text used is the Pearson Edexcel GCSE “Mathematics A Linear”. Students are prepared for the Edexcel two-tier GCSE and are entered for either the Higher Tier (grades A* to D) or for the Foundation Tier (C to G).

 

Courses at A-level

In KS5 (years 12 and 13) students can study AS and A-level Mathematics and AS and A-level Further Mathematics. Students are prepared for the Edexcel Examinations and use Pearson Edexcel AS and A-level textbooks. The courses at AS and A-level consist of core Pure Mathematics units and optional Applied Mathematics units. The Applied Mathematics units are Mechanics, Statistics and Decision Mathematics.

 

Extra-curricular activities in department

Mathematics Support

To help pupils with any mathematical problems, we run Mathematics Support Clubs for various year groups. This provides help and advice for ongoing class work or homework and for test or examination revision. In addition, Trinity School has a strong learning support department, which provides one-to-one, small group and classroom support.

The UK Mathematical Challenge

Each year we enter a number of our more able mathematicians for the UK Mathematical Challenge, at either Junior, Intermediate or Senior level. The aim of these Mathematical Challenges is to stimulate greater interest in mathematics across the 11-18 age group, encouraging participation and rewarding enthusiasm and achievement.

In addition, we enter a team of year 8 and 9 students for the annual UK Team Challenge. This national competition gives students the opportunity to participate in a wide range of mathematical activities and adds another dimension to their mathematical experience.

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