Head of Faculty: Mr M Greenaway
All students study Mathematics. We want students to see the learning of Mathematics as a lifelong experience, which will help them to approach situations with confidence. We want them to appreciate the beauty of the subject itself, whilst understanding that Mathematics is key to their progress in many other subjects as well as enabling them to have a deeper appreciation of the world they live in.
The teachers within the department are highly qualified and committed to supporting the students in their care. The results in 2020 reflect the hard work of both the students and the staff guiding them.
What will I study?
The content and order of teaching can be found by clicking on Years 7-9, GCSE or A-Level on the menu bar at the top of this page. An overview of the journey and some of the activities and competitions is shown in the graphic below:
How will I be assessed?
Regular assessment is regularly undertaken, both formal and informal. This allows movement between the sets when it is in the best interests of the student.
At GCSE there are two tiers of entry · Foundation Tier grades 1 - 5 available
· Higher Tier grades 4 - 9 available
Support and Extension:
There is excellent support for those students with particular needs from our SEND department and our most able students take part in Maths competitions as well as being entered for the Further Maths GCSE.
The department offers a program of revision sessions for students of all ages and abilities as well as individual support when needed.
Video tutorials, exercises and exam questions along with the scheme of work for each class can be found at www.stjosmaths.co.uk/independence
How can I support my child in Mathematics?
The key to doing well in Mathematics is regular practice and we recommend three excellent websites that will provide additional practice and support.
Maths Genie – Video tutorials, worksheets and answers by grade and topic
Corbettmaths 5 Problems a day – Differentiated sets of 5 questions for every day
This area of the site has over 400 videos with practice exam questions and textbook exercises to enable you to target any weak areas or to catch up on any topics that are causing you difficulty. All of the answers are available by clicking on the pick words
MyMaths - Individual login, tracks your progress, tutorials and assessments.
Maths is many things (See some in the image below) but without doubt it opens up opportunities and increases our appreciation of the world we live in.