Mathematics

The Mathematics Department at Fulford School is made up of passionate mathematicians, eager to spread both their love for and understanding of the discipline of Mathematics, comprising a team of 8 full time and 2 part time members of staff. In addition to this we are lucky enough to have a Higher Level Teaching Assistant attached to the department on a full time basis. Every member of the department has experience and currently teaches at A level.

We strive to develop pupils who are inquisitive and who accept and tackle the challenges put before them. We hope that they are confident that they have the necessary mathematical skills to be able to produce a clear solution to problems that they may meet both in the Mathematics classroom and in real life.

Through a carefully planned curriculum, with appropriate support, and alongside extra-curricular activities we hope every student can find enjoyment on their way to the appropriate qualification for the next stage of their lives.

  • Mr C Stephenson CS
  • Mr D Bodey DBy
  • Mr J Brookes JBs
  • Mr C Clark CCL
  • Mr P Gatenby PG
  • Ms H Hughes HH
  • Mr A Kel AK
  • Ms P Kelly PK
  • Mr A Rosie AR
  • Mrs P Weller PWL
  • Mr A Wheeler AW

The ideas from the National Strategy are still followed closely in Key Stage 3 with a variety of different resources available for use. Each unit of study in Year 7 and 8 link to a recommended task which is designed to ensure students have opportunities to focus on key learning attributes in lessons. Group work and kinaesthetic activities are regularly incorporated into lessons. Resources and support material are available to teaching staff, students and parents through the VLE. In year 7 students are grouped into sets based on their Key Stage 2 results and have four hour long Mathematics lessons each week. In years 8 and 9 the students receive three hour long lessons each week.

We are also developing a range of activities that are incorporated into the curriculum with events such as a Product Design day and a Mathematics Trail in connection with the History Department.

At Key Stage 4 students follow the Edexcel Linear course. For all pupils starting Year 10 in 2014, the GCSE Mathematics examinations will be sat at the end of year 11. There will be opportunities to study additional qualifications in year 11 that will both support the study of GCSE Mathematics and prepare students for their intended career or courses of study post 16. Schemes of work are constantly reviewed in order to prepare students for the demands of the new GCSE specification from September 2014 and reformed Key Stage 4 qualifications planned for September 2015.

The department has ensured that plenty of support material is available to students through the VLE. We pride ourselves on being available to the students at all times and through strategic and yearlong initiatives we are able to offer workshops, group support and even one to one peer tutoring through the Numeracy Leadership scheme thanks to volunteering sixth formers.

I02Q8469Students at Fulford studying Mathematics or Further Mathematics play a key role in the Mathematics community of the school. Through various schemes and initiatives they are active role models for the earlier Key Stages. We know it is essential they are provided with the best support for the next stages in their careers. In the sixth form many of our students go onto study mathematics degrees (or degrees with a significant mathematical content) at University.

Currently students studying the Edexcel AS/A2 programme have to take three modules in each year, two Core modules and an applied module. The applied modules are studies in Mechanics, Statistics or Decision Mathematics. In the first year, all students will study Decision Mathematics. In the second year, students may be able to choose their applied module. Students will be taught by more than one teacher during the year.
For those students considering anything scientific or mathematical at University, it is strongly recommended they also study Further Mathematics, for which we also follow the Edexcel specification. This is an additional full A level, covering many more areas of both pure and applied Mathematics. For some universities it is essential, while nearly all universities prefer or recommend it, with many making no secret that lower offers may be given to students with Further Mathematics alongside Mathematics on their application. We are also able to offer an AS Further Mathematics course in year 13; this is “half an A level” and supports many applications.

To ensure progress is made by all students, and every pupil maximises their potential, students will be formally assessed to Edexcel standards every half term. We have systems of support in place for all students that consist of a series of additional workshops and assessment opportunities, full details of which are given in student booklets at the start of each course.

Many sixth formers also volunteer to support lessons across other key stages, or even have the opportunity to achieve an accredited qualification in Numeracy Leadership by providing mentoring to key stage 4 pupils. Not only does this consolidate and help their mathematical communication, but provides a variety of other skills essential for their futures.

The department has a range of extra-curricular activities on offer. Every year a large number of students are given the opportunity to take part in the UKMT National Challenges and we also take part in the Team Challenge events. In four of the last six years our Junior team has managed to reach the National finals of this event which has given them the chance to compete against the best mathematicians in the country.

Students also take part in the Cipher challenge competition and the Edge Hill challenge events each year with staff providing support for these at lunchtimes and after school.

Over the last few years the department has managed to involve students in a variety of fundraising activities. These have included Mathematical Treasure hunts and Sponsored Sums which have in total raised nearly £14000.

Chess club is well attended twice a week, and the Fulford Chess Ladder sees students across all key stages competing against each other.

In Sixth Form we offer an enrichment course in the theory behind magic, explaining logic and analytical thinking, while developing skills of dexterity and discipline.