The Mathematics Department is one of the largest in the School, housed on the ground floor of a purpose-built block. We have 11 teaching rooms, an ICT suite, almost exclusively for our own use, and a staff work room. We employ 14 members of staff and several other members of staff also teach within the Department.
The Mathematics Department is committed to providing excellent teaching and endeavours to ensure that all students achieve their potential in Mathematics at all levels.
Mathematics, as a core subject, follows the Framework for teaching Mathematics. Students receive 8 hours of teaching over a two-week timetable.
In all years students are taught broadly set according to their attainment. In all years setting takes into account Key Stage 2 results as well as internal school results data. Student progress is tracked on a department spread sheet throughout their career at Plymstock.
At GCSE students follow the EDEXCEL GCSE specifications either studying the higher or foundation courses. In Years 10 and 11 there are 12 classes which means that class sizes can be reduced at this important time in the students’ education. All students are entered for GCSE mathematics.
At Key Stage 5 students can take A Levels in Mathematics and Further Mathematics. Students currently study the Edexcel specification. The A level specifications for Mathematics are changing in 2017 so this may change.
The main aim of the Mathematics Department is that all students should reach their full potential in Mathematics, developing confidence and enjoyment in a variety of mathematical experiences.
As a department we subscribe to two websites that students can use to help them with their work at home. These are:
Students will have been given the login details for these websites.
There are various other websites available to use to help improve students’ maths skills – a quick Google search will show many others!
We recommend the following revision books for students to use as part of their revision also: