Mathematics

“Our aim is that all students will develop their mathematical potential, that they will be stretched and challenged by their mathematical activities, but also maintain their confidence in their ability to deal with these challenges. “

Staff:

  • Ms Y Le Croissette – Subject Leader – Mathematics
  • Mrs E Glaister – Second in Mathematics
  • Mr T Bryce
  • Mrs Y Malik
  • Mr N Simmonds – Deputy Head
  • Miss H Stacey – Head of Sixth Form
  • Mrs N Trust
  • Mrs F Turnball

The Mathematics Department aims to encourage enjoyment of and enthusiasm for mathematics. We aim that all students will develop their mathematical potential, that they are stretched and challenged by their mathematical activities, but that they also maintain confidence in their ability to deal with these challenges.

We also aim to encourage the students to develop the following skills and abilities:

  • an ability to think mathematically: precisely, logically and creatively;
  • a willingness and ability to work independently and co-operatively, and to be prepared to persevere when problem solving;
  • an ability to understand mathematical ideas and communicate them in a variety of modes;
  • an appreciation of the interdependence of different branches of mathematics;
  • an appreciation of the ways mathematics is used;
  • the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to apply a range of mathematical concepts to situations which may arise in their own lives;
  • the skill to investigate mathematical ideas, and to test and prove their own hypotheses;
  • an ability to use mathematics across the curriculum;
  • a firm foundation for appropriate further study.

Most mathematics lessons take place in a suite of four classrooms. Mathematics lessons are lively and varied, including group work, discussion, practical activities, use of interactive whiteboards and computer packages, use of individual mini-whiteboards, and plenty of time for individual work.

Students have the opportunity to participate in the national UK Mathematics Challenges and enjoy considerable success, with several students qualifying for the next round of competitions each time. We also enter teams for the UK Team Mathematics Challenges. As well as national competitions, Kendrick runs its own monthly Maths Puzzle competition.

Some Year 9 students have the opportunity to attend a series of Mathematics Masterclasses. Year 12 students are able to attend Maths Inspiration, a series of lectures designed to inspire and intrigue them with interesting and stimulating mathematical topics. We also encourage students to participate in other activities run by universities and elsewhere.

Key Stage 3

The KS3 course is designed to revise topics previously taught, to build on them and to introduce new aspects of mathematics. Students are encouraged to develop their reasoning and investigative skills. Emphasis is placed on encouraging communication verbally and in written form to explain the students’ ideas and solutions coherently.

Key Stage 4 (GCSE)

The current Year 11 will be entered for two mathematics GCSEs (Methods in Mathematics and Applications of Mathematics) as part of the Edexcel pilot for the Linked Pair of Mathematics GCSEs.

The current Year 10 and future year groups will be prepared for the new GCSE qualification in mathematics at the higher tier. We follow the AQA course.

Key Stage 5 (AS/A-level)

Mathematics is a very popular subject for AS and full A-level with a very high proportion of the sixth form opting to study mathematics. An increasing number of girls are choosing to also study AS and A-level Further Mathematics. We follow the Edexcel courses. Within the Mathematics course, as well as the compulsory core mathematics units, students are able to choose either statistics or mechanics units. The Further Mathematics students also study decision mathematics alongside the additional pure, statistics and mechanics units.