Maths is taught in ability sets from Year 7 which are determined by the school’s entrance examination. Movement up or down thereafter is dependent upon ongoing assessment, homework and the results of regular testing. Our aims in Maths are to develop students’ abilities to reason and solve problems, and to think creatively and openly, whilst acquiring an enjoyment and appreciation for the subject along the way.
In Years 7, 8 and 9, pupils work through the Key Stage 3 syllabus and benefit from mymaths, an excellent resource that provides textbooks and practice books together with a website. Mymaths allows pupils to view online lessons and to complete online tasks, which provides learners the option to access the material in their own specialised way. In addition to this, the department has a subscription to another online learning platform called Kerboodle. Kerboodle provides further material that can be used to supplement pupils’ learning, and also for revision.
Pupils then go on in Years 10 and 11 to study the Edexcel IGCSE syllabus, with the majority of students sitting the examination in Year 11. There is the option for the most able pupils in each year group to join the Accelerated Set. This is formulated in Year 8, so that the IGCSE syllabus can begin in Year 9, with pupils taking their IGCSE one year early in Year 10. Then, in Year 11, pupils in the Accelerated Set continue their studies by taking the AQA Level 2 Certificate in Further Mathematics. This provides the most able pupils with an opportunity to attain an extra qualification in Maths, and bridges the knowledge gap between the IGCSE and A Level.
More than half the Sixth Form at Immanuel College take Mathematics at A Level, with some taking Further Mathematics. There is also some lesson time allocated for Further Mathematics Students to explore the STEP qualification which helps prepare pupils for applications to Universities for numerate subjects, include Mathematics, Physics, Economics and Engineering. There is then an option for pupils to take STEP as a formal qualification. The new mentoring scheme allows pupils to discuss their studies with their mentor, who will assist them in achieving their potential.
Pupils in the higher sets of all year groups are entered for the Junior, Intermediate and Senior Maths Challenges run by the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust. Immanuel College has enjoyed much success in these competitions, with many students winning certificates and a growing number of pupils advancing to the second rounds. Immanuel also take part in the Junior and Senior Team Challenges, giving groups of students an opportunity to represent the College and compete against other schools. In addition, Immanuel participate in the Hans Woyda Mathematics Competition, and have enjoyed much success in recent years. There is a Mathematics Mentoring Club that meet once a week to practice and discuss the challenges provided by these competitions, which encourages an important dialogue between pupils in different year groups.