Mathematics

Our vision is to create resilient, enthusiastic and confident learners that believe they can succeed.

Being good at Maths and wanting to do Maths is something to be proud of at Bohunt.

Key Stage 3

Pupils are setted according to ability throughout years 7, 8 and 9. When year 7 first join Bohunt they are tested and this information is used alongside their SATS level in order to be set accordingly. They are taught topics around the 4 strands of Mathematics; number, shape and measure, algebra and handling data. Pupils sit assessments at the end of each topic and longer assessments twice a year.

Key Stage 4

At KS4 all students complete the GCSE mathematics course. Students are setted based on their KS3 and some KS2 data. Most groups will study the higher course and some the foundation course. These are decided at the start of year 10 to give students the best chance of achieving their target grade.

Both the Foundation and Higher course allow students to develop their mathematical knowledge, skills and understanding of concepts including number, geometry, statistics and probability, measures and of course algebra.

As well as mathematics we also offer Statistics and Further Mathematics for students who achieve at least an 8b in Key Stage 3.

In the Statistics GCSE students will look at statistical techniques such as data collection, analysinig data, processing and representing. Discussion in class will look reasons for data, why and what they are used for and how they can apply to real life situations and the effects it can have.  Students study this course for 1 year and are examined at the end of year 10 and then move on to study Further Maths in year 11.

Further Maths gives high achieving students an introduction to AS level maths and allows them to develop their skills in algebra, geometry, trigonometry and problem solving techniques whilst also introducing new topics like calculus and matrices.

KS4 Outline

Or KS4 qualifications have different weightings between controlled assignments and exams.  Below is a table that indicates the weighting of each.

Subject Exam Board Qualification Controlled Assessments Exam
Maths Edexcel GCSE N/A

Paper 1 – Non calculator 50%

Paper 2 – Calculator 50%

Statistics Edexcel GCSE Data collection,  representation and analysis – 25% Paper 1 = 75%
Further Maths AQA Level 2 N/A

Paper 1 – 40%

Paper 2 – 60%

Beyond The Curriculum

The department offers a range of extracurricular activities, such as the ‘Gadget Show Live’ trip at Easter and visits to Portsmouth University for Java challenges. The department also offers programme of clubs which include programming on Raspberry Pis and Retro Gaming to extend their knowledge beyond the curriculum.

The department offers a range of activities. Every Thursday is Maths clinic where all of the staff sit down and help students who want to do extra Maths or who need particular help with certain topics. This is always well attended, mostly because of the love of Maths, partly for the biscuits.

We always ensure Focus days are well thought out and have a STEM focus with a fun Maths part to it.

High ability students are given the chance to take part in the UKMT Maths challenge where students have to think outside the box to apply the mathematical knowledge they have developed in class. Many students get Bronze, Silver and Gold certificates with students doing well enough to qualify onto the next rounds. Certificates are given out in school meetings as a recognition of their hard work.

Staffing

Mr D Harding Head of Technology, Engineering and Maths
Mr C Andrews Head of Key Stage 3 Math
Mr P Whitworth Head of Key Stage 4 Maths
Mr N Wright Assisstant Head and Maths Teacher
Mrs S Bryson Maths Teacher
Mrs S Chandler Maths Teacher
Miss H Perris Maths Teacher
Miss R Gordon Smith Maths Teacher
Miss E Lewin Maths Teacher
Mrs F Sherrin Maths Teacher
Miss L Broad Maths & PE Teacher
Miss S Dell Maths & PE Teacher
Mr R Hill Maths & PE Teacher
Miss R Dick Maths & PE Teacher
Mr S Hillman Maths Teacher