The Mathematics Faculty


About the faculty

 

 

 To most outsiders, modern mathematics is unknown territory. Its borders are protected by dense thickets of technical terms; its landscapes are a mass of indecipherable equations and incomprehensible concepts. Few realize that the world of modern mathematics is rich with vivid images and provocative ideas

  Ivars Peterson

 Faculty Staff

Miss E Williams
Head of Maths
Mrs A Moore
2nd in Maths
Miss D Kilbey
2nd in Maths
Mr R Pascaran
Teacher of Maths
Mrs T Fletcher Fox
Maths Support

The aim of the Maths department;

 


Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
In year 7, we cover topics such as place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, percentages, substitution, sequences and angles. Our scheme of work focuses on helping the students understand the topics at a much deeper level. We use a variety of resources including My Maths which is an online maths resource.  In year 8, we cover topics such as prime numbers, indices, solving equations, ratio, proportion, percentage change, perimeter, area, volume, statistical graphs and averages. Our scheme of work focuses on helping the students understand the topics at a much deeper level. We use a variety of resources including My Maths which is an online maths resource. In Year 9, we cover topics such as probability, formulae, graphs, sequences, quadratics and extended number skills. We focus on developing students’ ability to solve problems in a range of contexts and become independent learners. Students start studying the GCSE content from June, when they are introduced to some of the statistics topics which are part of the Stats GCSE specification. Our aim in Year 9 is to provide all students with a secure foundation of maths skills and confidence on which to build at KS4.
Maths GSCE 9-1 Assessment DescriptorMy Maths link


Year 10 Year 11
GCSE Statistics. The students complete a GCSE in Statistics at the end of the year 10 where they have the opportunity to gain an extra maths GCSE a year earlier than their GCSEs in Year 11. The overall grade is split with 75% of the grade coming from the exam and 25% of the grade coming from a piece of controlled assessment. This is an excellent opportunity for students to gain an insight in to how it feels to sit a proper GCSE in Maths. Students will cover all topics from the new syllabus for Maths GCSE which is graded 9 – 1. They will learn how to unpick complex problems and will learn to apply their maths skills to multi-step problems There are a huge range of resources available to students, including My Maths, Method Maths, Pixl Maths app. These are online based resources which have practice questions, lessons and exam style questions for the students to practice. The Pixl Maths app also have PowerPoint and therapy videos available which can help students with their revision.

Maths GSCE 9-1 Assessment DescriptorMy Maths linkMethod Maths linkPixl Maths link


Year 12 Year 13
The current Year 12s are the last cohort of students to follow this model for A level mathematics. The new Maths A level will be taught for the first time in September 2017 and this has a slightly different structure to the existing model for A level Mathematics.  Students study 3 modules in this year which combine with their Year 12 results to make up the A level qualification. The modules studied are Core 3, Core 4 and Mechanics 1. Students can also continue the further maths A level.  Student will build on the foundations of key topics such as integration and differentiation and develop their knowledge further.

Gifted and Talented

Students have the opportunity to participate in the annual UK Maths Challenges at the Junior, Intermediate and Senior level. Some students regularly get through to the follow-on rounds. We also enter students in the team challenges which take place in Cambridge.
Two students in Year 9 regularly participate in the University of Hertfordshire Masterclasses.
Some students in Year 11 have the opportunity of studying for an ‘Additional Maths’ qualification, as well as their GCSE Maths.

Extra-Curricular Activities

Maths Homework club runs every lunch time in the computer rooms in the Maths block. There is always a maths teacher available to help the students with any problems the students may have. All students are welcome at any time to get support or extra work in maths from their teachers. A trip is organised every year for some students in Year 10 to visit a college in Cambridge. The morning is spent looking around the college and the afternoon is spent at the Centre for Mathematical Sciences taking part in maths activities

In the classroom Year 8In the classroom Year 10

FAQs

Do we need to buy text books?
No, we provide all text books that students need.
Do we need a calculator?
Yes, though they are not used every lesson, students should have their own Scientific calculator. Throughout their time at Fearnhill, we will teach them how to use it effectively in preparation for their GCSE exams.
What other equipment will they need?
Pen, pencil, ruler, eraser, protractor and a pair of compasses.