"The things of this world cannot be made known without a knowledge of mathematics"
Roger Bacon: Philosopher
The key aims of the Mathematics Department at The Mount are:
• To develop confidence in mathematical and numeracy skills, particularly the use of these in everyday life.
• To develop interest and enthusiasm in the subject, both through lessons and extra-curricular activities.
Mathematics is initially taught in mixed ability groups, enabling students to develop at their own pace across different areas of the mathematics curriculum. Ability based setting usually begins in S9 (Year 9).
A wide range of teaching styles is used, catering for the variety of preferred learning styles of students. We used levelled text books alongside whole class and small group teaching. Card games, team games and domino activities are frequently used and all students have access to MyMaths for consolidation, practice and assessment. Longer projects are used to promote the importance of communication skills and give a real world perspective on the subject.
We feel very well prepared for the new style GCSE (first examination 2017) as we have been part of the National Pilot for the development of GCSE Mathematics for several years.
All Key Stage 4 students are taught in ability based sets and are prepared for the AQA Examinations at the end of S11 (Year 11). The AQA level 2 certificate in Further Mathematics is available as an additional qualification for more able students and is excellent preparation for A level study.
Mathematics is a phase 3 subject (first new style examinations 2019) and therefore continues to follow a modular approach. Students choose to study Mathematics beyond GCSE either because they enjoy it or need it for a future career path (or, in many cases, both!)
We follow the AQA course with options for three, six, nine or twelve modules in total, leading to AS Maths, A2 Maths, A2 Maths and AS Further Maths or A2 Maths and A2 Further Maths.
Core Modules develop algebraic and graphical skills, alongside an in depth study of trigonometry and an introduction to calculus.
Further Pure Modules develop the ideas from Core modules and also answer questions such as 'How do you deal with the square root of a negative number?'
Application modules are available in Statistics, Mechanics and Decision Maths, showing how maths is used in and applied to the study of sciences, geography and logistics.
Maths Clinic runs weekly at lunchtime and is staffed by members of the department. It provides easily accessible, informal support for all students.
Extension Maths runs as an after school activity for all ages. Younger students work on group problem solving and reasoning, and older students study an AS module.
We have a strong subject mentoring scheme in place in which A level mathematicians work regularly with younger students on support and enrichment tasks.
We enter all the UKMT Maths individual challenges, and team events run by UKMT and FMSP. We are a host venue for the Year 8 and 9 team challenge, welcoming approximately 30 schools from across the region.
Older students are encouraged to attend the "Maths Inspiration" event at the West Yorkshire Playhouse.