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. “

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.

What is studied in KS3?

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. Students in year 7 are taught their form groups initially and then in three sets from February onwards. Students in Year 8 and 9 are taught in four sets - A1, A2, and  two parallel B sets.

Year 7 and 8 take part in the Junior Mathematics challenge and a team of 4 students from Year 8 and 9 represent the school in a team challenge.

Year 9  take part in the Intermediate Mathematics challenge.

What is studied in KS4?

In  Year 11 we follow the AQA specifications for GCSE at the higher tier. Students continue in their mathematics sets A1, A2, BE and BK up to their GCSE.

Year 10 and 11 enter the Intermediate Mathematics challenge and a team of 2 students represent the school in the Maths Feast competition organised by FMSP.

What is studied in KS5?

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. Within the Mathematics course, students study core mathematics as well as statistics and mechanics. As part of their course, Further Mathematics students  core and further statistics and mechanics options. A number of students choose to take a Further Mathematics AS in year 13.

Edexcel is the exam board followed; A-Level Mathematics (9MA0) and A-Level Further Mathematics (9FM0) Each student has two Mathematics teachers to support different aspects of the A-Level curriculum, and regular homework tasks and assessments are given to monitor progress. At the beginning of Year 12, students take an algebra test, to ensure that they can cope with the algebraic rigour of the A-Level course. In addition to the support given in lessons, a weekly drop in session is offered at lunchtime to offer extra one to one support.

Students in Year 12 and 13 take part in the Senior Mathematics Challenge and the follow on rounds and a team of 4 students represent the school in the team challenge.

Staff 

Ms Yvonne Le Croissette - Subject Leader

Mrs Elizabeth Glaister - Second in Mathematics

Mr Nicholas Simmonds - Teacher and Deputy Head

Ms Helen Stacey - Teacher and Head of Sixth Form

Mrs Nicola Trust

Mr Will Stride

Miss Jennifer Parris

Mrs Christena Shivashanker