The Mathematics department at Thorns is a skilled and experienced team of highly motivated teachers and support staff. We aim to ensure that students are challenged and supported to achieve their very best. Students’ performance in Mathematics is measured nationally and we endeavour to communicate to all students the need to have the very best GCSE qualification they can achieve. This will enable them to find and follow a career path that will be both rewarding and challenging.
Students will use and apply Maths in real-life problems and within Mathematics itself. They will develop and flexibly use a range of methods of computation and use calculators and computers where appropriate. They will consider how relationships between number operations underpin the techniques for manipulating algebraic expressions and explore shape and space through drawing and practical work using a wide range of materials.
As a team, we appreciate the need to look beyond the classroom in helping students develop their mathematical skills and so we have provided opportunities for Maths outside the classroom including visits to Legoland, Laser Quest and the Big Bang Fayre at the NEC. We offer opportunities for Gifted and Talented students in Mathematics to take part in National Competitions through the UKMT Maths challenge and have participated in support programs at local primary schools.
We recognise achievement at all levels of ability through the awarding of achievement badges for individual successes in assessments throughout the year.