The Department @MathsSTMCA
St. Thomas More Catholic Academy has a fully staffed well qualified mathematics department. Our expertise means that we are well qualified to work closely with a number of local primary schools to help to support their teaching of mathematics and to bridge the gap between primary and secondary schools for their pupils. We also aim to enrich our curriculum with participation in national mathematics competitions and after school revision sessions.
The department consists of:
Mrs Pycroft (Associate Assistant Head responsible for Maths and Numeracy)
Mr Day (Second in Department)
Miss Brookes (Second in Department)
Mr Mickleburgh (Numeracy Lead)
Mrs Redmond (Trainee Teacher)
Mr Elkin(Trainee Teacher)
Mrs Plant (HLTA)
Mr O’Leary (Sixth Form)
Mrs Broomhall (Sixth Form)
Mr Growcott (Computing department)
The majority of lessons are taught on the middle and top floors of Dominic block, the close proximity of classrooms allowing for interaction between teachers and pupils. All rooms benefit from interactive whiteboards and the department has tablets and votepads with which to embrace modern technologies.
Our aim is to equip our students for their life after school both in terms of the numeracy requirements of everyday life and the mathematical elements of Further Education. We also seek to amuse and amaze our pupils with the beauty of mathematics.
Pupils are placed in groups appropriate to their needs to make differentiation more efficient, there being constant opportunity for pupils to move from class to class as their needs change. Pupils are taught by a team of maths specialists at St. Thomas More and they feel safe to learn from their mistakes made in lessons to make progress in the subject.
Students follow schemes of learning adapted from the Edexcel exam board. The schemes will be continually adapted and evolve as the new curriculum embeds.
In Y7-9, these schemes of work are based on three models of progression; delta, theta and pi including opportunities for independent learning, reasoning and problem solving. The three models are designed to be used according to the prior attainment of students at primary school.
In Y10 students will study towards the foundation or higher examination using exam resources supported by the exam board. The Y11 schemes of work will be adapted to suit the needs of the student groups leading up to their summer exams.
Students will be regularly assessed through mock examinations across all years, using problem solving and reasoning questions to help assess an individual’s depth of understanding in a topic.
Students will sit three external examinations in the summer of Y11. Each exam paper is worth 80 marks and last 1 hour 30 minutes. The first paper is non-calculator and in the others the use of a calculator is permitted. Each examination includes a mix of question styles, from short, single-mark questions to multi-step problems.
Under the reformed A level exams, sixth form students will sit three external mathematics examinations in the summer of Y13. Each Edexcel exam will last 2 hours; the first two papers test the pure mathematical skills where as the third paper examine the statistics and mechanical skills of students.
Students will be given weekly homework assessments or independent pre work from teaching staff. Further to this students will be expected to consolidate classwork with up to 5 hours personal study each week.
Mathematics is becoming a very popular subject choice in The Sixth Form, partly because pupils have enjoyed their experience in previous years and partly because mathematics is seen as a rigorous subject, well respected by employers and universities.