Mathematics Department - Secondary
Head of Department: Ms. FIONA GWEN MIRANDA
The ultimate aim of the Mathematics Department is to maximize the mathematical potential of each student, regardless of ability. The department strives to make teaching informative, interesting and inspiring. Specifically, we aim to strengthen and develop mathematical knowledge and skills, develop the ability to think logically, help to understand the relevance and application of mathematics in a real-world context, and help appreciate the power and beauty of mathematics. Equally important is to enable the acquisition of a suitable foundation in the subject in order to facilitate further study in mathematics or related subjects.
Department Facilities / Resources:
Schemes of Work are learning objective driven, distributing practice over time and the main published text to support this are Framework Maths and Nelson Thornes.
SMILE, 10 TICKS, IGCSE REVISION CLIPS, MATHS TESTBASE, MIND SPARK (personalized online programme) and BRING ON THE MATHS (Interactive whiteboard software) resources are also used to deliver the curriculum in a variety of ways.
Key Points from Department Policy:
A Topic Monitoring Sheet is used as a continuous formative assessment tool to monitor student’s progress through the curriculum. This sheet is topic specific and will provide invaluable evidence to parents and students for parent consultation events. A Topic Monitoring Test will be set every fortnight.
For Academic Year 2011 – 2012, across the school, we would conduct 3 formal summative assessments. Topics for the tests will be determined on a cumulative basis to ensure progression and to maintain high standards.
National Curriculum Levels are awarded with each assessment to track students’ progress.
Useful Subject-specific websites: