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Maths

Curriculum vision

The Mathematics Department aims to present Mathematics in an interesting and enjoyable way to stimulate students’ curiosity in the subject and to help prepare pupils to be able to use Mathematics confidently in real life situations.

Key stage 3

Great care is taken to ensure the transition from primary to secondary school is smooth with mathematical skills already achieved being reinforced while new skills and concepts are developed.

Students are encouraged to work to their full potential. At key stage 3 there is a strong emphasis on active learning. Developing skills to perform mental calculations is promoted through practical activities, including the use of ICT. Using Mathematics is a large part of our teaching and pupils develop investigational skills within Mathematics through various projects.

Key stage 4

Development of these skills is continued and developed at GCSE with students working towards a GCSE modular Mathematics qualification.

Higher ability students are provided the opportunity of choosing Further Mathematics as a GCSE option. Studying Further Mathematics bridges the gap between GCSE Mathematics and A Level Mathematics and allows pupils to experience different disciplines in maths such as Mechanics, Statistics and Pure Mathematics.

Key stage 5

Upon successful completion of key stage 4 students will also have the option of choosing A Level Mathematics at key stage 5. A level Mathematics is split into 4 modules and covers content such as proofs, algebra and functions, co-ordinate geometry, sequences and series, trigonometry, exponentials and logarithms, vectors, calculus, numerical methods, sampling, presenting and interpreting data, probability, statistical distributions, kinematics, forces and Newton’s Laws.

Extra-curricular

Extra support is provided for those pupils with specific numeracy needs through a withdrawal system where extra support is received either one to one or in a small group. At GCSE extra support is offered through revision classes and maths blitz sessions.

Students are given opportunities to participate in extra mathematical activities:

  • Mathematics Week
  • World Mathematics Day
  • Young Enterprise
  • ‘Learn to Earn’
  • Supporting charities

Additional resources and support can be found on the Parkhall Mathematics website.

Parkhall Integrated College Vision Statement

‘To provide an inclusive, caring learning environment where we all feel valued and respected and are empowered to reach our full potential’