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Maths

Faculty Staff

  • Head of Faculty: Mrs L Martin
  • Lead Practitioner: Mrs E Dickson
  • Mr J Bishop – Mathematics, Learning Manager in Key Stage 4
  • Mr McIlroy – Mathematics, Key Stage 4 Co-ordinator
  • Mrs R Pursell – Mathematics Teacher (maternity leave)
  • Mr C Curry - Mathematics Teacher

Faculty Introduction

Welcome to Mathematics at Queen Elizabeth’s, where we aim to inspire, challenge and encourage your child to achieve their best in mathematics. All the members of the department are mathematics specialists and use their expertise to help stimulate and develop your son or daughter’s mathematical ability, as well as an enjoyment of the subject’s intrinsic logic and beauty.

Every Key Stage curriculum is enriched by stretch and challenge material, as well as group problem solving activities. ICT is an integral part of Mathematics at Queen Elizabeth’s, with multimedia projectors in every room, and Interactive Whiteboards in most. The school’s subscription to “mymaths.co.uk” adds to the variety of media with which our pupils learn. 

Key Stage 3

Children are taught in form groups throughout Year 7, and are placed in upper and lower ability bands at the beginning of Year 8.

The KS3 Maths Progress textbooks (delta level) from Pearson are used.

In both years, a variety of topics will be taught from number, algebra, statistics and shape. Tests are set usually after every two units, as well as an end of year exam.

We expect students to find the curriculum challenging and interesting. The scheme of work offers plenty of scope for stretching the most able students by applying their maths skills to unusual contexts. We also run support sessions for students who need additional help.

Half of each year group in year 7 and 8 will enter the Junior Maths Challenge organised by the UK Mathematics Trust. We get a number of gold certificates and students qualifying for follow-on rounds each year.

Key Stage 4

At the start of Year 9 there are five classes taking Mathematics, set according to ability. They are usually sets 1, 2 and 3 in an upper band and sets X and Y which are parallel groups in a lower band. We follow the new 9-1 specification from Edexcel. The top two sets are also stretched by the AQA Further Mathematics course at Level 2.

We use the Edexcel GCSE Maths Higher textbook from Oxford, which makes links to the mymaths website. Students have individual logins to access the digi-book version online. The digi-book has additional links to video clips, as well has offering students the chance to “annotate” their own copy of the book.

The top set in each year group, as well as any other interested students, are entered for the Intermediate Maths Challenge organised by the UK Mathematics Trust. We get a number of students qualifying for follow-on rounds each year.

Key Stage 5

Mathematics is a popular choice at A level; in Year 12 there are three groups taking Mathematics and one taking Further Mathematics. The Edexcel modules C1, C2, and S1 are taught in Year 12 and C3, C4 and M1 in Year 13. For Further Mathematics it has been FP1, D1 and S2 in Year 12 and FP2, FP3 and M2 in Year 13. The content for Further Mathematics has varied on occasions to accommodate the strengths and interests of the candidates.

We hope our sixth form students will take up the opportunity of being involved with our mentoring program. Sixth form students are given training, then assist either in lower school classes or by tutoring lower school students outside of lesson time. This gives them an opportunity to develop a different set of skills.

Extra-curricular enrichment activities are highly regarded by the Faculty. As well as attending Mathematics lectures, we enter students for the UK Maths Challenge at Senior level. We have also enjoyed success in the Regional Finals of the UK Mathematics Team Challenge.