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Maths

Curriculum

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.

  • Students follow a scheme of work to embed the core skills of Mathematics
  • They revisit, build and extend on the Foundations set at KS2
  • The students are grouped appropriately according to their ability
  • On the Maths & ICT Focus Day students take part in a Coding Day
  • 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
  • On the Maths & ICT Focus Day students have the opportunity to visit Legoland and take part in a Robotics workshop, looking at the role Maths plays in designing theme parks
  • Autumn: ‘Dickens’ World’ – An introduction to Victorian literature
  • Spring: ‘Stereotypes and Archetypes’ – A study of gender in Shakespeare’s theatre
  • Summer: ‘The World at War’ – An exploration of conflict poetry and the representation of conflict in the media
  • Students begin their GCSE Mathematics course
  • Objectives focus on Number, Algebra, Shape & geometry, Ratio & proportion and Probability & statistics modules
  • Student progress is continually measured through the use of pre and post tests
  • Students get the opportunity to go to the Big Bang Fayre at the NEC and see what STEM careers are available to them
  • Autumn: ‘The Modern World’ – An exploration of how issues affecting modern society are portrayed in literature.
  • Spring: ‘Gothic, Horror and The Macabre’ – A study of gothic literature.
  • Summer: ‘Power and Rhetoric’ – Using Shakespeare’s ‘Julius Caesar’ and a selection of ‘power’ poetry as their core texts, pupils explore how political discourse is used as stimulus for writers and poets.
  • Students build upon the skills learned in Year 9
  • Objectives focus on Number, Algebra, Shape & geometry, Ratio & proportion and Probability & statistics modules
  • Student progress is continually measured through the use of pre and post tests
  • Students take part in a Focus Day trip to Laser Quest where they will use data handling techniques to analyse and compare the data from their games
  • 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 post tests and more formal mock exams
  • Regular revision classes take place to support students

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.

Ms A Mulholland

Head of Department

Studied Mathematics and Psychology (Joint Honours) at the University of Birmingham, followed by a PGCE in Maths, also at the University of Birmingham. She has taught at Thorns since 2001 and has led the Maths department since 2014.