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Mathematics

Head of Department:   Mrs L A King

The Mathematics department is committed to helping each student achieve the highest grade possible at Key Stage 4 and also to fostering an enjoyment of and enthusiasm for a fascinating subject.

The National Curriculum provides us with a framework for our lessons. Students are placed according to ability. Regular testing is supported by a close working knowledge of all students in our small classes to ensure that students are both encouraged and stretched at an appropriate level, with interchange between sets as necessary.

 

We are aware of different learning styles as well as the needs of individual students, and are steadily increasing our use of ICT and practical equipment in the classroom to enhance learning and understanding. 

 

In addition to the use of interactive presentations in class, enjoyment of Mathematics is enhanced by the use of mathematical games, including those found on www.activemaths.co.uk for which students have a password.

 

Examinations take place at the end of each year with a common paper for each year group in the lower school which enables us to place each student appropriately. A second paper is differentiated between groups in line with the expected level of entry at the end of Year 11.

  

Students enter the International GCSE at Higher or Foundation level at the end of Key Stage 4. A small group of exceptionally able students take the Edexcel IGCSE at the end of year 10 and go on to study Additional Mathematics and some A level work in Year 11. This is a particularly valuable opportunity for those wishing to pursue Mathematics at A level and beyond once they have left The Gregg School.

We encourage the enjoyment of Mathematics and related activities outside the classroom with a puzzle and games club held each week, whilst our top sets enter the Mathematics Challenge competitions, competing with others across the country. We have achieved a regular supply of Gold, Silver and Bronze awards over the years and each year a number of students proceed to the highly regarded European and International competitions.

  

A national Team Mathematics event holds a regional first round at St Swithun’s school in Winchester and the teams of two Year 8 and two Year 9 students who regularly take part have a wonderful day of hectic mathematical fun. Our aim each year is to enjoy the day, although beating all the other local schools would be a bonus!

  

We are proud of our achievements and strive to achieve our aim: that all students should experience enjoyment of the subject and achieve levels of understanding that equips them for future studies, careers and life.

 

 

 
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