Maths

Head of Maths Mike Taylor

Maths is a subject which should be enjoyed by all. Happy pupils learn faster and the team of enthusiastic maths lovers in the Department will support, stretch and encourage pupils during an exciting five years (or more!).

 

The Department believes that pupils should be happy to come to their Maths lessons and has the following aims: to teach pupils at a level at which they experience success but are frequently challenged. To extend the most able pupils and support those who require it. To get the best out of every individual pupil.

> Years 7-9

Maths is taught in sets based on ability: the most able are accelerated with a view to early entry for GCSE. The programme of study is the same for all groups, which are taught at the same time, enabling movement between sets when appropriate. The Maths Department follows The Centre for Innovation in Mathematics Teaching course (www.cimt.org.uk).

> GCSE

The setting in GCSE years ensures that all pupils are given the best possible chance to fulfil their potential. The most able take GCSE at the end of Year 10 and then study for AQA Level 2 in Further Mathematics. The majority take GCSE at the end of Year 11. Maths is taught exclusively by subject specialists who aim to communicate their love of the subject. The Maths Department expects all pupils to pass their GCSE Maths (9 to 4).

> A Level

The School takes full advantage of the flexibility in the MEI A Level Mathematics scheme to offer everything from AS Mathematics to two and a half A Levels in Maths and Further Maths. At Hereford Cathedral School, Maths is a popular choice at A Level and results are outstanding. The course allows pupils to tailor their programme of study to support other subject choices. The use of both traditional and electronic resources is encouraged, in order to produce independent learners.

> Co-curricular

The Abel Set: co-founded by teachers Mr Taylor and Mr Priday, the aim of this group is to give those who want to read Maths at University, and those who enjoy the subject, the chance to see and talk about ideas beyond the A Level specification. Although early meetings have included some problem solving, there are plans to see how pineapples are related to rabbits and Leonardo of Pisa!

Lectures and Competitions: the Maths Department hosts lectures and competitions involving pupils from local schools, to share its love of the subject with the wider community.

> Trips

UKMT Team Challenge: each year teams are taken to the Regional Finals of the UKMT Team Challenge and Senior Team Challenge.

Mathematics Festival at Birmingham University: this is a Year 10 trip.

Bletchley Park: this is a fascinating trip organised for the Sixth Form.

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