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Mathematics Department

 

…high quality mathematics education…provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.”  

Emma McRae, Making Every Maths Lesson Count 

At Corby Technical School, we are committed to creating a rich and carefully sequenced mathematics curriculum in which students develop core knowledge, make connections and communicate mathematically. We want students to have an enjoyment of learning mathematics because the more we know, the more we are able to make reasoned decisions, think logically and solve difficult problems with both efficiency and accuracy.  

It is our responsibility to raise our pupils’ ambition, aspiration and resilience. The Maths department will cultivate this by: 

  • Creating a positive working environment that creates success so that all students are motivated and aspirational.  

  • Developing confident and knowledgeable mathematicians prepared for the demands of other subjects, further study and future careers. 

  • Developing resilient students and making a commitment that there will be no child left behind.   

The Mathematics Department currently have a team of 8, a Director of Mathematics, Assistant Lead in Mathematics and 6 specialist teachers, each having their own classroom, we have also have access computer suites.

To enhance the students’ experience of Mathematics, the Department also enters the annual UK Mathematics Challenge.  This comprises of Team and Individual Challenges for Years 7 - 13. Success in these competitions can enable students to progress to Regional and National finals.

The Department has recently began an initiative for students to become Maths Leaders. This has improved students’ confidence, knowledge and skills. Activities have involved teaching their peers, mentoring younger students, generating Tutor time activities, leading Assemblies, developing Numeracy across the Curriculum and planning activities for open evenings and whole school events.

This has promoted a positive ethos and working atmosphere in Mathematics throughout the School due to the enthusiasm of students who have taken up this role.

The students also have access to the Pixl Maths App, Sam Learning and Hegarty Maths which are useful on line tools to enhance students’ learning outside the classroom and to help with homework.

Studying maths gives students a strong foundation for further academic and vocational study and to prepare them for employment. The course also gives students mathematical skills, knowledge and understanding to help them in a range of other subjects e.g. science, geography. design and technology, where the understanding and application of maths is crucial.

All students in Years 7 to 11 are studying for the Edexcel GCSE course and Years 12 and 13 for the Edexcel A Level courses in Mathematics and Further Mathematics. Some year 9 students will study for an additional GCSE exam in Statistics and take the exam in Year 10.

At KS4, students study Edexcel (1MA1) GCSE Mathematics. 

At KS5, students study Edexcel 9MA0 Mathematics (Pure Maths).

 

The GCSE course has two tiers available:

Foundation (Grades 1 – 5) and Higher (Grades 4 -9) and consists of three equally weighted papers. The content outlined for each tier and the grades are assessed across all 3 papers.

Career pathways linked to Maths include:

Actuary, Accountant, Statistician, Stockbroker, Engineer, Meteorologist, Quantity Surveyor, Software Tester, Analyst, Market Researcher, Space /Aircraft Industry, Banking, Teaching.

University Courses:

Computer Science, Chemistry, Biology and Life Sciences, Engineering, Medicine/Nursing, Dentistry, Business Management Studies, Finance, Architecture, Geology, Maths.

Highly sought after in degrees e.g. Psychology and Geography.

This will give students a strong foundation for further academic and vocational study and to prepare them for employment. The course also gives students mathematical skills, knowledge and understanding to help them in a range of other subjects e.g. science, geography. design and technology, where the understanding and application of maths is crucial.

All students in Years 7 to 11 are studying for the Edexcel GCSE course and Years 12 and 13 for the Edexcel A Level courses in Mathematics and Further Mathematics. Year 9 students will study for an additional GCSE exam in Statistics and take the exam in Year 10.

There is a significant increase in the demands of GCSE and A Level Mathematics and the Department monitors students’ progress through classwork, end of topic tests and homework.  Assessments take place termly to test progress and identify areas of strengths and weaknesses.