Mathematics

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Mathematics Faculty Staff List
Mr M Payne Head of Faculty
Mr J Dunning Lead Teacher for Years 7 and 8
Mr D Price

Lead Teacher for Years 9, 10 and 11

Responsibility for Moodle

Miss V Dixey

Lead Teacher for Year 12         

Responsibility for Duke of Edinburgh     

Mrs G Holt Maths Teacher
Mr A Kitson Maths Teacher   
Miss L Rodriguez Maths Teacher

The Subject of Mathematics

Mathematics is essential for everyday life and understanding our world. It is also essential to science, technology and engineering, and the advances in these fields on which our economic future depends. It is therefore fundamentally important to ensure that all students have the best possible mathematics education. They need to understand the mathematics they learn so that they can be creative in solving problems, as well as being confident and fluent in developing and using the mathematical skills so valued by the world of industry and higher education.

Mathematics is a language.  It is the only truly universal language, and it is an essential part of our personal and working life.  Mathematics is not only a language and a subject in itself, but it is also critical in fostering logical and rigorous thinking: as such its influence is immense.

Mathematics contributes to the school curriculum by developing students’ abilities to calculate; to reason logically, algebraically, and geometrically; to solve problems and to handle data. Mathematics is important for students in many other areas of study, particularly Science and Technology. It is also important in everyday living, in many forms of employment, and in public decision-making. As a subject in its own right, Mathematics presents frequent opportunities for creativity, and can stimulate moments of pleasure and wonder when a problem is solved for the first time, or a more elegant solution to a problem is discovered, or when hidden connections suddenly manifest.  It enables students to build a secure framework of mathematical reasoning, which they can use and apply with confidence. The power of mathematical reasoning lies in its use of precise and concise forms of language, symbolism and representation to reveal and explore general relationships. These mathematical forms are widely used for modeling situations; a trend accelerated by computational technologies.

Mission Statement

“To equip each individual with the knowledge, conceptual understanding and skills which will enable them to develop as enthusiastic and confident mathematicians and prepare them for the next stage in their life.”

Aims of the Faculty

  • To ensure depth before breadth, allowing students to gain a sound understanding in key  mathematical concepts and develop fundamental mathematical skills that will enable them to  prosper at all levels, up to including at university.
  • To set challenging targets with high expectations for all students.
  • To offer a variety of approaches to teaching and learning to engage and motivate students and demand their active participation.
  • To smooth the transition for students between Key Stages and ensure progression in teaching and learning throughout their time at Leventhorpe.
  • To explore enrichment opportunities outside the curriculum to enhance students’ enjoyment  of mathematics.

Curriculum Overview

Primary Maths Masterclass Sessions

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At Leventhorpe, we are committed to making strong links with our local feeder primary schools.  We run weekly master class sessions one morning a week, during which a group of Year 6 primary school children attend and participate in mathematical activities.

The main aims of the sessions are:

  • To develop the children’s knowledge and understanding of the level 6 content;
  • To develop the children’s problem solving and logic skills;
  • To provide a forum for children to work collaboratively and discuss mathematics with similar-aged individuals in the local area;
  • To provide students with the opportunity to experience Maths lessons at secondary school level;
  • To smooth the transition between primary and secondary school.

The children have opportunities to experience the following during the master classes:

  • Independent learning activities
  • Paired discussions
  • Group work activities
  • Competition based-learning, earning points for their table group
  • Mini whiteboard activities

Children are also set a piece of homework each week which they are expected to bring back to the following session to be marked by the teacher.  Feedback is given and the children are expected to make corrections to their work.

We have devised a programme of study in liaison with our primary colleagues, which you can find here.  Here are some quotes about what the children think about the sessions:

  • I enjoyed talking to and meeting new people who are coming to Leventhorpe next year.  I have made a few friends here.
  • It helped and challenged me and improved my maths skills
  • I enjoyed learning new things and trying new challenges
  • Meeting new people who are either as good as me at maths or better

The children were asked to pick one word that described the master class sessions and the diagram below shows what they said:

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