Our aim is to develop students into happy, confident and inquisitive Mathematicians. We believe students should strive for success and recognise the value of Maths in the world around them.
Mathematics develops skills that empower students to analyse their surroundings and creates moments of excitement and awe. Mathematics is the joy of making discoveries, finding hidden links and exploring more elegant solutions to real world or more abstract problems.
Mathematics at RCC delivers all the skills to equip students for further study and careers as well as day to day life. Mathematics helps us to make sense of everything around us, whether it is number for finance or algebra for solving problems. We use data handling skills to help us to process the vast amounts of information available to us and measures to help us to understand shape and space and appreciate patterns in our environments.
There are numerous transferable skills that Maths also gives us. Problem solving, logic and reasoning are skills that are valued within other subjects. Maths teaches us resilience and persistence leading to the pure elation of solving a problem. It teaches us to try out and develop new strategies to solve problems as well as break bigger problems into smaller interlinking parts. It helps us to make predictions for the future and to maximise our efficiency on tasks.
The Maths department prides itself on the way that it challenges students. Our curriculum provides a solid grounding for students with opportunities for all to be stretched. Our more able Key Stage 4 are able take the GCSE a year early, completing a Further Maths GCSE in Year 11 leading in to AS Level Maths.
Key Stage 3
Maths students are taught in ability groups and are set alongside English and Science as soon as they enter Year 7. The accelerated curriculum covers a wide breadth of topics and allows for a range of activities and challenges.
Students are assessed at the end of each topic and collate their work in their assessment books, keeping records of their Mathematical achievements. There are two formal assessments each year which allow for movement between groups.
Problem solving is encouraged as soon as students start in Year 7 to help them to prepare for their future years. Homework is set every lesson with one key piece of homework set each term.
Key Stage 4
During the three year course students cover the GCSE syllabus through a varied and challenging scheme of work. The program also includes a range of engaging functional projects and activities. Some students will have the opportunity to be entered for the GCSE in Year 10 and then study for a qualification in Further Mathematics
Students are assessed at the end of each topic and collate their work in their assessment books, keeping records of their Mathematical achievements. There are two formal assessments each year which allow for movement between groups. Homework is set every lesson with one key piece of homework set each term.