Mathematics at Churchmead School is exciting. Lessons are enriched with practical tasks, problem solving, investigations and ICT activities. Lessons are interactive and pupil involvement is emphasised. There are 3 phases designed to get students’ attention, keep their attention and then leave the lesson with a clear understanding of what they have learnt.
We are a well resourced department with dedicated classrooms, each of which has an Interactive Whiteboard. We link with other subjects, for example with Science and PE. We hosted a Mathletics day for year 7 and 8 in the summer term, taking maths lessons outside.
Mathematics is important. It is everywhere you look and is needed for every job you can imagine. At Churchmead we make it fun and challenging. Maths is exercise for the mind!
Pupils are put into ability sets when they join the school, based on their Key Stage 2 results. Regular assessment and feedback to students ensures that each pupil is taught in the most appropriate set. Students in year 7, 8 and 9 have 3 hours of Mathematics each week covering Number, Algebra, Shape & Space and Data handling.
The approach to lessons is varied, ranging from skills practice to group work and project work – and our interactive resources are used whenever appropriate.
Students currently follow the Edexcel GCSE Linear syllabus. Our higher level students have the opportunity to take an additional GCSE in Statistics.
According to their performance throughout the course, students can be entered for the exam at one of two levels. Higher level candidates have grades A* to D available whereas Foundation candidates have grades C to G available. Each exam consists of 2 written papers (a calculator and non-calculator paper).
Extra Curricular Maths
We have several extra-curricular activities to enthuse and inspire our students in mathematics. Enter the Junior or Intermediate UK Maths Challenge competition. Take part in Number Week. Join our Twilight Maths Club. Get involved with maths!
Expectations & Equipment
We expect our students to arrive to their lessons prepared. All students should have basic school equipment plus compasses, a protractor and a calculator. A scientific calculator is essential for GCSE, but we encourage students to purchase their own as soon as possible.