How Mathematics contributes to the Curriculum
Einstein said “Mathematics in it’s own way is the poetry of logical ideas”. Through mathematics we explore the power of numbers. Using the language of the universe, we can discover the true power and beauty of solving complex problems.
Below are a number of links to resources available to support independent learning:
Assessment in Mathematics
In KS3 students are given core knowledge and skills to learn for each topic and have quick 10 question style tests to complete at the end of the topic. Longer assessments take the form of a booklet which will contain a number of topic areas that students have covered over a longer period of time, these assessments also concentrate more on the application of the skills they have learned. After each assessment students use an analysis grid to look at which topics they need to work target for future learning.
In KS4 students complete a skills test once a fortnight which covers topic at the correct level for each class. Using their own analysis grid students can identify areas to revise to help make progress. Throughout the two years full past papers are used as assessments so that students get plenty of practise in answering exam questions. Analysis grids are produced for each assessment so that revision can be targeted to those areas that each student needs to make progress.
Personal Development and Cultural Capital in Mathematics
Who Teaches Mathematics
Head of Department:
Mrs. C. Clay, B.A. (Hons), P.G.C.E.
Mrs Clay has a BA(HONS) in Accounting and Management Control from Sheffield Hallam University and has 24 years teaching experience, mainly teaching GCSE mathematics but also in A Level Maths and AS Statistics. In November 2014, Mrs Clay qualified as a Specialist Leader in Mathematics and in 2017 – 2018 worked for Educator Solutions as an Associate Advisor running sessions for Heads of Maths from around the county. On 3 separate occasions she has been invited to run workshops at the Norfolk Mathematics Conference running sessions for teachers from KS2 to KS4 on ways to develop mastery teaching in mathematics. In 2004 NCC bought a collection of mathematics colouring worksheets she had produced and distributed them out around the county. As her name is on many of these sheets, she is known around the county as “The colouring sheet” lady. In 2018 Mrs Clay took part in a Swedish Teacher exchange scheme where she was able to work on a mentoring project with a Teacher from Lund, visiting her in Sweden for a week before she returned for a visit at Northgate in the spring of 2019.
Second in Department:
Mrs. J. Smith, M.Sc. (Hons), P.G.C.E.
Mrs Smith has a BSc (First Class HONS) in Physics with Medical Physics from Swansea University and an MSc Information processing and Neural networks from Kings College, London. She has 14 years teaching experience mainly teaching GCSE and A Level Mathematics but she also teaches ICT and Computer Science. Prior to teaching, Mrs Smith worked for several companies as an analyst computer programmer and this involved applying ICT and Mathematics to financial models. So Mathematics has always been an essential part of her life.
Mr. J. Atkin, M.Sc., P.G.C.E. (Co-Director of Sixth Form)
Mr. G Beasley, B.S.C (Hons), P.G.C.E. (Head of Year 8)
Mr Beasley has been teaching Maths for 8 years following successful careers in Financial Services as a Wealth Management Specialist and Corporate Lender, where the successful use of Mathematics was pivotal to the role in analysis, decision making and managing budgets. He then went on to run his own manufacturing and sales business for six years before making the decision to become a teacher. Mr Beasley is currently studying towards the National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination.
Mr. S. Carter, B.Sc. (Hons), P.G.C.E.
Mr. A. Darlow, B.A. (Hons), P.G.C.E. (Director of Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare)
Mr Darlow attended Durham University 2002-2005 and UEA 2006-2007 where studied Sport, Health and Exercise BA (Hons) and gained PGCE in Physical Education. He has been teaching for 12 years working across several schools within Norfolk. His initial qualifications are in Sport and Physical Education and he has taught these areas for 7 years. He has also been teaching Mathematics for the last 5 years. He has spent a large portion of his teaching career working within the pastoral sector as a form tutor, Head of Year, Designated Safeguarding Lead and his current role as Director of Personal Welfare and Behaviour. This has allowed him to work with several external agencies and develop pastoral knowledge to offer a wide range of support to our students that is beyond the classroom.
Dr. A.H. Gollop, MMth, PhD, P.G.C.E
After gaining a first class master of mathematics degree, Dr Gollop completed a doctorate in mathematics and physics at the Climatic Research Unit, UEA. She has published multiple academic papers and presented findings locally and worldwide. She has also promoted STEM in high school working as a brilliant club tutor before training as a mathematics specialist teacher.
Miss K. Theobald, B.Sc. (Hons), P.G.C.E. (Lead Intervention Mathematics)