Maths

Introduction

Boring, irrelevant and hard!  This is exactly what we endeavour at St Julian’s to ensure that Maths is not.  Mathematics is a core subject, it is vital that students possess a good understanding of the subject, not just to move to the higher echelons of education, become a rocket scientist or accountant but to function in everyday life.  The maths department at St Julian’s strives to make lessons interesting and fun, with everyday life examples so that students can understand maths outside the context of the classroom.  The department keeps abreast of teaching developments and the use of 21st century technology plays a large part in students’ learning.  It is important that students remember that Maths is for life not just for your school days.

Subject Team

Mr Pritchard Mr Coombs Mr Tollman Miss Hathaway Miss Martin
Director of Maths Second in Department  Numeracy Co-ordinator
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Mrs Hogan Miss Jones Mrs McGregor Mrs Miles Mr Snarey
Head of UCAS Key Stage 3 Co-ordinator Key Stage 5 Co-ordinator Essential Skills Co-ordinator
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Key Stage 3

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4, students follow the Edexcel scheme of learning and sit the examinations provided by this board in Year 11.  The majority of students will sit the examination in the November of Year 11.  Most students are entered for the Higher tier paper where the minimum grade awarded is a D grade.  This means that there are huge expectations placed on the students and staff in order to achieve success.  Pupils are required to work continuously throughout Key Stage 4.  Their skills are developed in Application of Number, Data Handling and Statistics, Shape and Space and Algebra.  Throughout the key stage pupils will have a significant amount of contact time with the maths department but also have to be capable of independent study.

Key Stage 5

Mathematics is considered to be a harder A level with many students studying it going on to earn 10% more on average than their peers who do not follow it. Universities value the A level highly and consider it to be desirable in order to study various courses at degree level.  At Key Stage 5, students follow the WJEC syllabus and examinations. There are three modules per year, with Core 1 and 2 (also known as Pure Maths) and Statistics 1 sat in year 12. This is followed by Core 3 and 4 and Mechanics 1 sat in year 13. All modules are sat in the summer with the exception of C1 and C3 which are sat in January. All pupils are expected to follow class learning with independent study, with homework handed in on time.

Future pathways