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The team of Mathematics teachers at Fulford School 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.
The Mathematics department at Fulford School comprises a team of 8 full time and 3 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.
- Mr C Stephenson – Curriculum Leader
- Ms H Hughes – 2nd in Department
- Ms P Kelly – KS3 & Primary School Liaisons
- Mr D Bodey – Assistant Head
- Ms J Everton
- Mr P Gatenby – Director Of Learning (Apollo)
- Mrs K Gowland
- Mr A Kel
- Mrs C Millington
- Mr I Morrison
- Mr A Rosie – Assistant Head
- Mrs P Weller – HLTA
Key Stage 3
Key Stage 3
The ideas from the National Strategy are followed closely in Key Stage 3 with a variety of different resources available for use. Each module in Year 7 and 8 contains a compulsory task which is designed to ensure students have opportunities to focus on specific PLTS 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, a Mathematics Trail around York and a History of Mathematics day being delivered in the last year.
Key Stage 4
Key Stage 4
At Key Stage 4 students follow the Edexcel Linear course. Results are significantly above National average and consistently above the school trend. For all pupils starting Year 10 in 2013, 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 reviews 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.
Key Stage 5
Key Stage 5
In the sixth form there is a good uptake and many of our students go onto study mathematics degrees (or degrees with a significant mathematical content) at University. Currently students 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 will 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. 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.
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 five 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.