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Encouraging a positive attitude to maths

Mathematics at Monkton is very popular. Each pupil is encouraged to develop a positive attitude to mathematics and to work with confidence, skill and enjoyment. Mathematics is taught in our £4m state-of-the-art Maths and Science Centre which has exceptional teaching aids, a lecture/IT theatre and resource rooms.

Year 9: Upon entering Monkton all students in year 9 are taught a common curriculum for the first six weeks, on completion of which they are setted via a department discussion of their class work, prep work and setting examination result. From the second half of the Michaelmas term students in year 9 are separated in to a set 1 group and 3 mixed ability groups. Year 9 set 1 is usually an accelerated group, who typically take their IGCSE examinations early.

Year 10 and 11: At the start of year 10 all students are setted in to groups 1 - 4. The entire cohort of students are initially prepared for the higher tier IGCSE examinations. Towards the middle of year 11, in discussion with the class teacher, one or two pupils in set 4 may move to the foundation tier syllabus. In order to allow as many students as possible to have the opportunity to take the higher tier examinations, the top three sets are taught to capacity. IGCSE does not include coursework. We use opened ended tasks to develop problem solving skills in a more integrated manner throughout the course rather than via a one off project.
Developing a positive attitude to mathematics.

A level
The minimum requirement for taking the Mathematics A level course is a grade 7 at IGCSE. In order to take Further Mathematics students must gain a grade 9 at IGCSE.
In the Single Mathematics A level two thirds of the course consists of pure mathematics, with the remaining one third made up of statistics and mechanics. Students will study the course for two years, taking three 2 hour examinations at the end of year 13.

Students opting to study Further Mathematics will complete the Single Mathematics course in year 12 and the Further Mathematics A level in year 13. The Further Mathematics syllabus consists of 4 subject areas, each worth 25% of the final mark and graded via four 1.5 hour examinations - Core Pure 1, Core Pure 2, Further Mechanics 1 and Further Statistics 1. For full details of both A levels please refer to the Entering the Sixth Form booklet.

As a department we try to extend our students' experience of Mathematics outside the curriculum at every opportunity. Students from Years 9 - 13 take part in UK Mathematics Challenges events, either as individuals or as a team. Exceptional students are given the opportunity to take part in the UK Mathematical Trust Mentoring Scheme, and are given extension Mathematics lessons as part of their curriculum.

In addition Extra Mathematics lessons can be provided for students for whom Mathematics presents a significant challenge, either within the school timetable or via our private tutor.

As with all departments, two voluntary sessions, open to pupils from all year groups and abilities, are run each week, during which teachers from the department are on hand to help students with their work on an individual basis.

Next Steps…

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