It is no secret that maths is prevalent in any aspect of a person’s life, so it is a great pleasure to help young mathematicians develop their skills. Mathematicians at Thomas More have a vast amount of learning opportunities and experiences that stem from the classroom, but also branch out into enrichment clubs, competitions and trips. The Mathematics department consists of seven teachers who have a real passion for mathematics and a desire to help pupils realise their potential.
Students receive a personalised approach to all stages of education. We offer many levels of enrichment, intervention and support. We work hard to ensure that every student achieves their full potential.
All pupils currently work towards the Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Mathematics specification.
The subject content is divided into six areas:
- Ratio, Proportion and Rates of Change
- Geometry and Measures
Mathematics at Key Stage 3
Pupils learn the fundamentals of each area at Key Stage 3. This consists of understanding and using key mathematical terminology, applying mathematical methods and formulae and an introduction to problem solving. Progress is closely monitored and strategies are in place to encourage and promote further development within the subject.
Mathematics at Key Stage 4
GCSE in Mathematics is thought provoking, challenging and satisfyingly rewarding. Mathematicians are required to build on their knowledge and understanding from Key Stage 3 and be able to evaluate mathematical methods and processes. This is achieved through the development of the skills to reason, interpret and communicate mathematically. They are stretched by learning how to recognise which of their mathematical tools can be used in order to problem solve in relation to a given context.
The GCSE is available in two tiers:
- Foundation Tier – Grades 1 – 5
- Higher Tier – Grades 4 – 9
- Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in Mathematics (1MA1)
- Paper 1 – Non-Calculator – (33.33%)
- Paper 2 – Calculator – (33.33%)
- Paper 3 – Calculator – (33.33%)
All three papers – for Foundation or Higher tiers - are 1 hour 30 minutes in duration and worth 80 marks each.
MathsWatch - An online resource the department subscribes to
A collection of hundreds of online video clips and worksheets that are focused on the individual topics within Mathematics. The video clips work through examples with audio tips and the worksheets that give pupils the chance to consolidate the learning of that individual topic. The website also includes revision lists and essential questions at varying levels to ensure that pupils can make the most out of their revision.
- Ms Lawrance – (Head of Department)
- Mr Ogwuda – (Second in Charge / Head of Year 11)
- Mr Beech – (Associate Assistant Headteacher)
- Ms Srikumar
- Ms Oudjidane
- Ms Ahmed
- Ms Kamara