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:
Please see Show my Homework and Mathswatch for Maths work set.
- Mathswatch – videos, interactive questions, worksheets, 6-week revision schedule + more.
Year 11: (example) username – jbloggs@northgate password – jbloggs@northgate (case sensitive)
Year 7 – 10 (example) username – 20jbloggs@northgate (the number indicates the year you started Northgate) password – 20jbloggs@northgate
- Mathsgater – past papers, resources, links + videos.
- Corbett Maths – videos, 5-a-day questions, worksheets, exam questions + revision cards.
- GCSEpod – podcasts for all topics + subjects.
- Seneca Learning– GCSE clips and interactive questions.
- Sam Learning – interactive questions by topic.
- BBC Bitesize – revision notes and an interactive test.
- On Maths – online GCSE papers, type in your answer and it marks it for you!
- Dr Frost Maths – an infinite amount of practice with questions that regenerate.
- Mr Barton Maths – worksheets, videos and an interactive quiz.
- Mathsbot – infinitely generated practice with answers.
- Maths4Everyone – an incredible collection of practice questions, complete with full worked solutions.
- Transum – problems, games and puzzles that are perfect for Year 7,8 and 9
The recommended calculator for school use is the Casio FX83GTX and can be purchased from most retailers.
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. 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.
Second in Department:
Miss K. Theobald, B.Sc. (Hons), P.G.C.E.
Email: ktheobald followed by @ng6.unity-ed.uk
Mr. J. Atkin, M.Sc., P.G.C.E. (Co-Director of Sixth Form)
Mr. G Beasley, B.S.C (Hons), PGCE SENCO (Head of Year 8)
Email: gbeasley followed by @ng6.unity-ed.uk
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. (Lead Intervention Mathematics)
Email: scarter followed by @ng6.unity-ed.uk
Email: nchalmers followed by @ng6.unity-ed.uk
Mrs Chalmers has a BSc Mathematics degree from Cukurova University in Turkey and her PGCE Maths from the University of Leeds. She has been teaching for 4 years and has previously worked as a Tutor.
Mr. A. Darlow, B.A. (Hons), P.G.C.E. (Director of Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare)
Email: adarlow followed by @ng6.unity-ed.uk
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.