Trinity High School

Mathematics

Staff and responsibility

Mr. D. Earles
Head of Mathematics Faculty
Teacher of Maths

Miss. C. Pinnell
2i/c Mathematics
Numeracy coordinator

Mrs. N. Burke
Teacher of Maths
i/c KS5

Mr. C. Innes
Interventions Manager

Mr. J. Lal
Teacher of Maths
i/c Core Maths

Miss Kirsty Baker
Teacher of Maths

Mr Frederick Boakye-Gyabaah
Teacher of Maths

Mr. S. Green
Teacher of Maths

Mathematics

The Mathematics team is dedicated to providing a positive and vibrant learning environment where every student is given the opportunity to achieve their very best. Taught across a suite of six classrooms, all students have access to interactive whiteboards in lessons, as well as a variety of electronic resources available to them either in the large number of computer suites or at home.

Key Stage 3 - Mathematics

Liaison with Middle schools ensures a smooth transition into high school. Several visits are made to middle schools by our Mathematics teachers to support students, and to make sure students feel comfortable and quickly settled upon arrival at Trinity.

Students are set according to results from a town wide mathematics test in year 8, as well as teacher recommendations. There is additional support for selected students to improve their understanding through Numeracy Booster sessions, and a wide range of resources are available to complement the learning of all students.

Students complete Key Stage 3 testing within the first few weeks at Trinity, and then continue towards preparation for Key Stage 4 with a well-planned scheme of work.

Key Stage 4 - Mathematics

Exam Board 

Edexcel GCSE

The Mathematics faculty use Edexcel as their exam board. The exam consists of three papers, two with a calculator, and one without. There are two tiers of examination – Higher or Foundation – with approximately half of the year group sitting the higher paper and the other half sitting the foundation paper. The higher paper can award grades 9 to 4, and the foundation paper can award grades 5 to 1.

Course Content

Students are tested on a wide range of topics from Number, Algebra, Ratio, Proportion and Rates of Change, Geometry and Measure, and Statistics and Probability. Some questions test individual skills, whilst other questions test a students’ ability to apply several areas of mathematics to a larger problem.

Useful Subject & Revision websites

The most useful websites to use for revision or for looking ahead are www.justmaths.co.uk, MyMaths and BBC Bitesize. Students are given any necessary passwords for useful websites on arrival to the school. For practice of number skills, www.sumdog.com is a fun alternative, playing games against other students from around the world, whilst the website sets questions according to the needs of the individual.

Exam Success

This year 62% of students achieved A*-C in Mathematics which was a slight increase compared with the previous year.  At the very top level, 16% of students achieved an A or A* grade which was the best that the school had achieved and was testament to the hard work of the staff and students alike.

Key Stage 5 - Mathematics

Exam Board

Edexcel

At Key Stage 5 students are entered into examinations with Edexcel.

Maths is a Russell Group Facilitating subject. The Entry Requirement for Maths is a minimum of a grade A at GCSE.

The Russell Group represents 24 leading UK universities.  A Level Subjects that are viewed as facilitating subjects are: Maths and further maths; Physics; Biology; Chemistry; History; Geography; Modern languages and English Literature. To study these subjects at A Level at Trinity High School and Sixth Form Centre, a minimum of a grade B is required in that subject at GCSE.

Due to the more complex nature of the Mathematics A Level students are set work throughout the summer holidays to help bridge the skills needed from GCSE into A-Level.

Course Content

Post 16 students can study Mathematics for one year to achieve an AS level, or for two years to achieve an A Level.

In Year 12 students study two Core modules which cover a variety of skills, and then specialise in an applied module with either Mechanics or Decision being offered.

In Year 13 students study two more Core modules, and their applied module will be in Statistics.

Useful Subject & Revision websites

There are many revision books that can be bought to supplement the course. The website www.examsolutions.com supports students with understanding and examination skills with interactive tutorials and full solutions to most past examination papers.

Exam Success

Over the last 2 years we have maintained a high percentage of students gaining A* to E grades at both AS and A2. This year 91% of our Year 13 students achieved A to E grades.

Contribution to SMSC

SMSC is an important part of mathematics lessons. Tessellations and symmetry are found in many religions and cultures and are used and recognised when teaching these topics. Questionnaires and surveys can collect information of opinions on current moral issues, whilst data is seen to provide both arguments for and against social issues depending on how it is used and interpreted. Use of exchange rates allows students to think culturally and socially. There are many other examples of SMSC throughout mathematics on a daily basis.

Contribution to Wider Curriculum 

The Mathematics faculty is keen to promote the importance of strong Numeracy skills. Students in years 10 and 11 are selected to become Numeracy Leaders. The role of those students is to support their peers with numeracy in the wider curriculum and to ensure that all students are shown methods of calculation consistently across all subjects. A school wide Numeracy Policy also in place.

Additional opportunities to study maths

For students who would like to carry on studying mathematics but who do not wish to study A-level Mathematics, there is the option of studying Core Maths which is the equivalent of an AS level and whose content focuses on real-life mathematics.  In order to be accepted on this course, students need to achieve a B grade at GCSE.

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