The Mathematics department at Shuttleworth College seeks to inspire pupils to gain an appreciation of the importance and relevance of Mathematics, as well as to excel academically.
All students are encouraged to achieve their full potential at all levels by the use of differentiated programmes of study to create a bespoke learning experience for all students. Staff support students both during lessons and after school to help students reach their potential.
All Mathematics rooms are equipped with an interactive whiteboard and the department uses a combination of traditional teaching methods as well as interactive teaching methods. Students are also given the opportunity to work on appropriate technology when a topic lends itself to this. Alongside this, students all receive regular feedback from teachers and peers, both verbal and written. They are also regularly assessed with end of topic assessments throughout the course. They are encouraged to self-assess and peer assess their work during their lessons and this is then used to inform future planning.
We support literacy by…
introducing students to subject specific vocabulary at the beginning of each topic we study.
discussing at least one mathematical word every topic in depth, including the exploration of its etymology and morphology.
having maths specific dictionaries in classrooms to promote the spellings of key mathematical terms.
We support numeracy by…
offering students many opportunities and experiences to apply their numeracy skills in real and meaningful situations. We allow students to understand and use numbers in a range of situations, for example when solving problems and making decisions involving numbers.
How will my child be ‘set’ in this subject?
At KS3 students are set according to their KS2 Maths score. Sets are then altered if the need arises; usually at the end of each year. At KS4, students are set based on their GCSE targets whilst also taking into account progress in KS3. Again, sets are altered throughout KS4 to ensure our students are in the best place.
How many periods a week will children spend learning this subject?
- Years 7-9 – 4hrs per week
- Year 10 – 4.5hrs per week
- Year 11 – 5hrs per week
What are the career opportunities of this subject?
The career opportunities created by qualification in maths are vast and varied. Mathematics is a window into all STEM fields and is especially useful in those such as scientific research and engineering.
What ‘out-of-classroom’ or extra-curricular learning experiences will my child get?
Students will have the opportunity to join a wide variety of maths-based extra-curricular clubs (link). There are many STEM-based clubs, but the maths department is particularly connected to the UKMT preparation, which allows students to participate in the UK Maths Challenge competition, and the Robotics Club.
Miss A. Bates