The Mathematics department aims to:
- provide an inclusive mathematical education for all
- provide a high quality of mathematical education
- provide engaging lessons to maximise students’ potential
The Mathematics department at Huxlow is well resourced, with all rooms using interactive promethean boards to deliver excellent teaching. The Mathematics team are dedicated to supporting students’ learning at all levels, offering a wide range of specialisms from basic numeracy to Further Maths.
Mathematics is a very conceptual subject, so is taught primarily in sets. Year 7 students are initially taught in tutor groups, then setted using data from their
- SAT tests undertaken during their final year at primary school
- Cognitive Ability Tests undertaken during their first term at Huxlow
- numeracy test data
Students are then taught in sets for the remainder of their time here in accordance with their ability. Setting is reviewed on a regular basis to ensure that each student makes at least good progress.
Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9)
All students are set aspirational level targets at Key Stage 3. The National Curriculum is divided up into small modules which are assessed regularly by module tests. The main delivery method for lessons is through interactive promethean boards.
Progress is monitored in two ways:
- Students are assessed by regular module tests against their aspiration test targets
- End of year examinations.
Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)
The department is following the Edexcel linear syllabus at Key Stage 4. The GCSE course incorporates all aspects of Mathematics: Number, Algebra, Measures, Shape and Space, Geometry, Statistics and Probability. It focuses on applying Mathematics in context, problem solving, reasoning and the functional elements of Mathematics, concentrating on the knowledge and applications that are most accessible and relevant. The course is a linear scheme with only one exam at the end of Year 11. There is no coursework.
Qualifications which may be obtained at Key Stage 4
At the end of Key Stage 4, students are awarded a GCSE Mathematics grade.
Mathematics is a tiered exam with two levels of entry:
- the Higher tier awards grades A*, A, B, C or D
- the Foundation tier awards grades C, D, E, F and G.
Key Stage 5 (Years 12 and 13)
Mathematics is a very popular subject in the Sixth Form. The courses on offer are AS / A2 Mathematics and Further Mathematics. All students study the Edexcel board.
For their AS Level, students study both Pure and Applied Mathematics. A2 Level students also study Pure and Applied Mathematics modules but at a greater depth. Further Mathematics is a challenging course for students who wish to study Mathematics to a very high level of detail.
Qualifications which may be obtained at Key Stage 5
The courses on offer are AS / A2 Mathematics and Further Mathematics
The mathematics department regularly hosts special events for students.
- Puzzles: The Happy Puzzle Company join us for a puzzle challenge day with Huxlow students annually in the autumn term. This is a very enjoyable experience for our year 8 pupils.
- UK Maths Challenge: Every year, Huxlow students are entered for the nationwide Maths Challenge competitions
Students in Years 7, 8 and 9 have access to homework booklets.
All students in Years 10 and 11 are given a revision guide and textbook.
The Mathematics department staff
- Mr C Drake - Learning Leader for Mathematics
- Mrs Y Essel - Assistant Learning Leader for Mathematics
- Mr S Brewin - Assistant Learning Leader for Mathematics
- Mrs N Welch – HLTA
- Mr M Coutts - Teacher of Mathematics
- Mr T Davis - Teacher of Mathematics
- Miss L Johnson - Trainee Teacher of Mathematics