Mathematics is the means of looking at the patterns that make up our world and the intricate and beautiful ways in which they are constructed and realised.
Numeracy is the means of making that knowledge useful.
Our aims are:
- To set challenging targets with high expectations for all pupils.
- To offer a variety of approaches to teaching and learning to engage and motivate pupils and demand their active participation.
- To smooth the transition for pupils between Key Stages and ensure progression in teaching and learning throughout their time at Whitworth High School.
- To explore enrichment opportunities outside the curriculum to enhance pupils’ enjoyment of Mathematics.
Key Stage 3
We follow the National Numeracy Strategy adapted to suit the needs and abilities of our students. Within the department, we adopt a wide range of teaching and learning styles- visual, auditory and kinaesthetic - to enable pupils to reach their full potential.
We assess students’ every few weeks to enable us to identify anyone not reaching their full potential, and set interventions in place to correct this.
Key Stage 4
At GCSE we offer the Edexcel Linear GCSE route. Students are set according to ability based on their results at the end of year 8. We continue to make use of all those resources available at Key Stage 3 and maintain a variety of teaching and learning styles.
In 2014, 69% of students achieved grade A*-C - a result which was above above the national average for the third consecutive year.
We aim to stimulate enjoyment of the subject along with a sense of purpose, and with the functional maths skills embodied within the GCSE course students can see how maths is useful to them in real-life situations.