Curriculum Leader: Mr C. Ball
The Mathematics Department at Fulford School is made up of enthusiastic mathematicians, eager to spread both their passion for and understanding of the discipline of Mathematics. We endeavour to develop pupils who are inquisitive and who accept and tackle the challenges put before them. We strive to establish the confidence and necessary mathematical skills to produce clear solutions to problems encountered both in the Mathematics classroom and also in real life.
Engaging and interactive lessons encourage students to discuss ideas and compare solutions. Kinaesthetic activities such as loop cards, jigsaws and treasure hunts ensure students are active participants in their own learning. Also, in line with recent changes to the curriculum, we place an increased emphasis on mathematical reasoning and problem solving in lessons. Students are encouraged to make use of online resources to develop their understanding of mathematical concepts further; these websites are listed below and where passwords are required, these will be provided by class teachers.
Through a carefully planned curriculum, with guidance and support, we hope that every student can find enjoyment on their way to the appropriate qualification for the next stage of their lives.
Over recent years we have worked closely with our feeder primary schools to support the transition process in Mathematics through meetings with staff and through running after-school enrichment workshops. In Year 7, students are grouped into sets based on their performance at Key Stage 2 and in Years 7 and 8 they have seven one hour long Mathematics lessons across a fortnight. Schemes of work are broken down into units that each last approximately two weeks with formal assessments taking place at the end of each term.
Every student has a unique login code for mymaths that allows them to access homework tasks that have been set and that keeps a record of their scores for these tasks. We encourage students to undertake additional tasks on mymaths as and when they feel the need in order to consolidate, support and extend the work that they are covering in lessons.
In Year 9, the curriculum has been carefully designed to create a transition into Key Stage 4 study. As in Years 7 and 8, the scheme of work is broken down into units that last approximately two weeks.
At Key Stage 4 students follow the Edexcel course in GCSE Mathematics; all students now take the new, reformed GCSE in Mathematics and will be awarded a grade between 9 and 1 at the end of the course. Schemes of work, assessments and activities are designed to support students to prepare for the demands of the final examinations. A small number of students will be offered the opportunity to undertake additional qualifications to support their progress in mathematics.
The department has ensured that plenty of support material is available to students through the VLE. We pride ourselves on being available to students at all times: offer weekly after-school workshops throughout the year, group support, one-to-one peer tutoring through the Numeracy Leaders scheme and focused form time intervention.
Every student is issued with a green notebook in which they are expected to make notes on an ongoing basis to support their revision for the final exams. Additionally every student has access to the PIXL Maths app that provides a range of resources to support the work that they are doing in school.
Mathematics at Key Stage 5 is one of the most popular A level subjects with a large number of students choosing to study it. For those students considering anything scientific or mathematical at university, it is strongly recommended that they also study Further Mathematics. 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.
From September 2017, Year 12 students will be studying the new reformed A level Maths course. This covers key concepts of Pure Mathematics, such as calculus, and introduces students to aspects of both Mechanics and Statistics. Further Mathematics students will explore additional mathematical topics and look at how these techniques can be applied to real life scenarios.
For 2017-18, Year 13 Mathematics students will study three units. Two Core units (C3 and C4) develop the ideas covered in Year 12, extending the topics of calculus and trigonometry. They have a choice for their third unit and can pick to study either Statistics or Mechanics.
To ensure progress is made by all students, and that every pupil maximises their potential, students will be assessed formally every half term. We have systems of support in place for all students that consist of weekly workshops and other additional resources, 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 as part of their enrichment activities and even have the opportunity to mentor students at key stage 4, providing a valuable extra resource. 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 across all years are given the opportunity to take part in the UKMT Maths Challenges and we also take part in the Team Challenge events. In six out of the last nine years our Junior team has succeeded in reaching the National Finals of this event in London which has given them the chance to compete against the best mathematicians in the country. In 2017 our Senior Team also qualified for the National Finals, representing the local region in London.
Over the last few years the department has managed to involve students in a variety of fundraising activities. These have included Mathematical Treasure hunts in support of the NSPCC Number Day and Sponsored Sums for Comic Relief which have in total raised over £20000 in the last six years.