Beaconsfield High School

Beaconsfield High School

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Mathematics 

Girls arrive at Beaconsfield High School with many different experiences of Mathematics. We aim to build on all that they have been taught and help them to enjoy the subject and appreciate its beauty.

The teaching team ensures that a variety of teaching styles and resources are used, including ICT, practical work, group work, investigational work, and games. Provisions are made for activities throughout the years, including amongst others participation in the UK Maths Challenges for all three individual competitions. We also celebrate Number Day every two years raising money for NSPCC with the girls in Year 7 and 8, which involves puzzles, relay races, prizes and lots of fun!

ICT can often deepen a student’s understanding by bringing mathematical concepts to life, and we are keen to incorporate this in our teaching. Each classroom in the Maths area is equipped with an interactive whiteboard and projector and the students have access to the use of 16 wireless notepads and a suite of 30 computers. A range of software is available and used by teachers when appropriate.

As well as enabling each girl to achieve her potential in examinations, the course is designed to equip her with the mathematical skills and understanding required for her other subjects; for further study and training that she may undertake; and for later employment and adult life.

The department aims that girls should become aware that mathematics is an interesting and enjoyable field in its own right; and also that it continues to be central to many diverse and important branches of endeavour in the modern world, whether scientific, financial or computational.

In Year 7 to 11 the girls are taught topics covered in the new national curriculum. This involves number, algebra, statistics, probability, geometry and measure. In teaching these topics we continue to develop their logical and critical thinking skills as the girls prepare for their GCSE. These transferable skills are a good preparation for further study in the 6th form.

All pupils have unlimited access to a variety of resources tailored to their needs. These can be found on the VLE along with suggestions for useful online resources

We are a large and dynamic department, always seeking to encourage and inspire the girls through our teaching.

GCSE Mathematics is taught from Year 7. This ensures that students get considerable time to practise Mathematics and gain a deeper understanding. In Year 7 pupils are taught in their tutor groups. The Mathematics Department has written its own comprehensive scheme of work in line with New National Guidelines but with a considerable amount of extension material. In addition the girls complete a number of short investigations and problem solving activities to help them improve their functional skills and to enhance their enthusiasm for in mathematics. All the pupils follow the same scheme of work and are tested on a regular basis throughout the year and in addition they have an end of year examination.

From Year 8 pupils are set in according to their mathematical ability. As in Year 7 all the pupils follow the same scheme of work and are tested on a regular basis throughout the year and in addition they have an end of year examination. These results along with teacher assessments are used to place girls in ability sets.

Currently students at Beaconsfield High School are studying the AQA Specification Linear Course, but this is continually reviewed in the light of both external and internal factors.