Aims of the Department
The Mathematics Department aims to develop students’ ability in mathematics to the extent that they are confident and enjoy their work, and well prepared both for their examinations and their future careers. As well as teaching in a flexible and interesting way it is our intention to develop both the understanding and interest of pupils in Mathematics.
The Department is keen to promote the enjoyment of Mathematics. We run a chess club as well as an after school support club and pupils of all ages can take part in competitions including the UKMT Junior, Intermediate and Senior Maths Challenges.
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The Department has a suite of seven teaching rooms, all located on the same floor. Each teaching room is equipped with a laptop computer, projector and interactive whiteboard. The Department also has a set of mini-iPads and use of a new ICT room including 17 PCs on our floor. This ensures that our students have state of the art technology access throughout the year.
On entering the school in Year 7, pupils are banded according to their ability using KS2 data and records obtained from Primary feeder Schools. During the initial few weeks pupils are monitored carefully to ascertain whether they are in the correct group.
Students then follow a pathway that develops their mathematical ability from the level they achieved in Primary School. Students study a two year curriculum that gives them the knowledge and skills they require to start GCSE Maths in Year 9.
All students at KS3 are assessed at the end of terms 2, 4 and 6 to ensure they are in the correct group and making suitable progress towards their school target.
At Key Stage 4 students are set according to their ability across the whole year group. All pupils follow the OCR linear GCSE course which has two tiers of entry, Higher and Foundation. Higher tier covers grades 9 to 4 and Foundation grades 5 to 1. Students sit three exams at the end of year 11, there is no controlled assessment.
In Year 12 and 13 the OCR modular Mathematics course is studied at AS and A level. Students cover modules in Core Maths and a combination of Statistics, Mechanics and Decision Maths. High achieving students also have the opportunity to study AS Further Mathematics over two years.
The Department also offers students the opportunity to retake their GCSE examination as well as a Level 2 Functional Mathematics qualification.
Our Ethos and Values
At Lincoln Castle Academy, we value: