The Mathematics Department aims to ensure that every pupil at JHN is able to reach their potential in this core subject and that each and every individual develops the necessary skills and confidence to use and enjoy the subject to whichever level best suits their needs. Pupils and students are challenged and encouraged to achieve their very best. The department are an enthusiastic, experienced and committed team and comprises of twelve full time members of staff, with nine Mathematics classrooms, most are equipped with Interactive Whiteboards. We also have a number of specialist Learning Support Assistants, who work with pupils across all year groups.
Pupils in Year 7 are taught in mixed ability groups and then are placed in ability sets from Year 8 onwards. The purpose of setting is to maximise the efficient delivery of the curriculum, by having groups of pupils with similar abilities taught together. The placement of pupils into sets will be based on a number of factors and a pupil’s progress is monitored continuously through tests and teacher assessments. Regular reviews of the setting take place throughout the academic year.
We like to provide a number of opportunities for our students to experience mathematics outside of the normal classroom activities, such as World Maths Day and the UKMT Maths Challenges. These events involve many of our pupils and students from Year 7 through to Year 12 and Year 13. We also run educational trips, recent ones have included a visit to Bletchley Park and to lectures given by Marcus Du Sautoy. The department also runs weekly Maths clinics and a Maths club. Between them they provide access for all pupils and students to extra maths support.
Currently in Years 7 and 8 our work is based on the National Numeracy Framework. The requirements of the National Curriculum govern the topics studied. We use a wide range of materials and resources to challenge and enhance students’ mathematical knowledge appropriate to their ability and we will always encourage the skills of good mathematical communication. The material is delivered as a mixture of abstract mathematical principles and concrete problem solving.
KS3 Steps of Progress
Pupils begin their GCSE studies of the new specification (1MA1) at the start of Year 9, where they are placed in one of 8 sets. In year 10 we have an extra set which enables more focussed delivery of content. The top set will also study for the OCR Additional Mathematics Level 3 qualification. This is an excellent course which stretches our most able pupils and is good preparation for A Level studies. All pupils follow the same mixed ability GCSE learning programme, with the final decision on tier of entry for the GCSE will be made following mock examinations in Year 11. We also offer two courses to support our weaker pupils. These are the Edexcel Number and Measure Award, at Levels 1 and 2, and for the very weakest the Entry Level Certificate in Mathematics, also through Edexcel.
A Level Mathematics is a popular subject for Year 12 students. Students follow the OCR specification A. Students take their A Level exams at the end of Year 13, with a few sitting AS papers in Year 12. We offer Further Maths at A Level, also with OCR, which is studied alongside the Maths A Level course.
We also offer the AQA Level 3 Certificate in Mathematical Studies for those students who do not achieve at least grade 7 in their GCSE Mathematics examinations, but wish to continue their mathematical studies. For those who achieve below grade 4 at GCSE Level we provide the opportunity to carry on their studies at this level in order to achieve a higher grade.
The calendars below are a resource with a question for every day. It is based on the idea that “little and often” helps improve maths performance.
There are two levels, so you can choose the most appropriate one for your child and answers will be updated at the end of the month. Please ask your child to see their maths teacher for guidance if they are unsure on any question.