Maths

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 Paris, Alton Towers and PGL at Osmington Bay. 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.

  • Year 7
    • Students follow a scheme of work to embed the core skills of Mathematics
    • Student progress is continually measured through the use of pre and post tests
    • Additional support sessions are available through Maths Squad on Tuesdays
  • Year 8
    • Students follow a scheme of work to build on the skills learned in Year 7 and to provide the building blocks necessary for success in GCSE Mathematics
    • Student progress is continually measured through the use of pre and post tests
    • Additional support sessions are available through Maths Squad on Tuesdays
  • Year 9
    • Students begin their GCSE Mathematics course
    • Objectives focus on Number, Algebra and Data Handling modules
    • Student progress is continually measured through the use of pre and post tests
    • Additional support sessions are available through Maths Squad on Thursdays
  • Year 10
    • Students build upon the skills learned in Year 9
    • Objectives focus on Number, Algebra and Shape modules
    • Student progress is continually measured through the use of pre and post tests
    • Additional support sessions are available through Maths Squad on Thursdays
  • Year 11
    • Students conclude their Mathematics studies at Thorns
    • Objectives focus on advanced techniques in Number, Algebra, Shape and Data Handling modules
    • Students’ progress is continually measured through the use of pre and post tests
    • Additional support sessions are available through Maths Squad on Tuesdays and Thursdays in room 418
    • Revision classes operate throughout the year. See posters for more information.

    KS4

    Pupils will develop and extend their understanding in the following areas:

    • Number– Students will extend their KS3 knowledge and will study structure and calculation, fractions, decimals, percentages as well as measures and accuracy.
    • Algebra– Students will extend their KS3 knowledge and will study notation, vocabulary, manipulation, graphs, solving equations, inequalities and sequences.
    • Ratio, proportion and rates of change – students will use skills from number, algebra to apply to Mathematical, Scientific and technology problems.
    • Geometry and Measure– Students will extend their KS3 knowledge and will study properties and construction of two dimensional shapes, mensuration, calculation and vectors.
    • Probability– Students will extend their KS3 knowledge and will study both theoretical and experimental probability and their applications.
    • Statistics– Students will extend their KS3 knowledge and will study a wide range of collection and techniques for interpreting data.