The mathematics department plays an integral part in the Queen Elizabeth Humanities College and has seen significant development over the last few years. In 2012 73% of year 11 pupils achieved an A* to C in GCSE mathematics.
We believe that mathematics is a fascinating and wonderful topic, which we try to demonstrate to the students in a variety of ways.
In any year, there is a mixture of learning activities used, including teacher led discussions and tasks, small group investigations, use of ICT, practical projects and text book practice. To assist in our teaching, we now have interactive whiteboard installed in each of the classrooms and a classroom of computers. Our aim is to make mathematics as accessible and enjoyable as possible for all our students through the use of a variety of teaching methods to accommodate different learning styles.
The department feels that this putting a more functional emphasis to mathematics and beginning to relate it to how it can be used in the real world. It also helps the students to think independently as well as how to cooperate within groups of people.
Every member of staff in the Maths department has high expectations of every pupil. We expect good behaviour and hard work and in return all students can expect a high level of teaching using a variety of teaching methods. We also expect all students to be properly equipped for all their lessons.
Every lesson you will need to bring the following:
- Pen and Pencil
- Exercise Book
- Scientific Calculator
In year 7 pupils are taught in mixed ability sets, in which work is differentiated to ensure that the needs of each pupil are met. We feel that this give the pupils a wider variety of learning styles. In year 8 and 9 pupils are set into 2/3 sets, so we can continue to make strong academic demands on them.
The students are assessed through teacher assessment (marking books, projects, tasks homework), termly tests and one end of year test. We do use all of these assessments to set the classes and to monitor students’ progress.
The department follows the Edexcel linear course for GCSE. The course starts in the summer term of year 9 and the students take the examination in November of year 11. As the ethos of the department and the school is to strive to reach your potential, students do get the opportunity to re-sit in the June, so we encourage the students to continue working until they achieve their best grade possible.
The department is developing rapidly with the introduction of new clubs e.g darts, sumdog competitions and maths challenges.