Mathematics is the means of looking at the patterns that make up our world and the intricate and beautiful ways in which they are constructed and realised.
At Our Lady of Sion, the Mathematics Department aims to provide a stimulating learning environment, in which our students can develop their understanding of this important subject.
We have three dedicated Mathematics classrooms, each with an interactive whiteboard and access to a range of software designed to enhance teaching and learning.
Students are grouped by ability, in order that they can make progress at an appropriate level. Groupings are reviewed on a half-termly basis throughout the academic year.
Key Stage 3 – Years 7 to 9
From 2017, students in Key Stage 3 will follow a scheme of work based on the Pearson KS3 Maths Progress suite of resources. Lessons have a strong focus on developing fluency, and problem-solving activities are embedded in our planning. Progress is assessed through a series of regular diagnostic tests, enabling further support or challenge to be provided as appropriate.
Key Stage 4 – Years 10 & 11
Our Key Stage 4 students follow the Edexcel International GCSE syllabus (4MA1). This course is assessed through two terminal examination papers – the vast majority of our students are entered at Higher Tier. Results in recent years have been very pleasing, with well over half of our Year 11 students securing one of the top two grades.
Some students are afforded the opportunity to study for an additional GCSE in Statistics during Years 10 & 11, and some also study for an Additional or Further Mathematics qualification.
Key Stage 5 – Years 12 & 13
Mathematics remains a popular subject in our Sixth Form. Students follow the Edexcel A level course, and a number supplement this by also studying Further Mathematics. Many of our students have gone on to read Mathematics at degree level in recent years, at universities including Bristol, Bath, Cambridge, Durham, Edinburgh, University College London, Oxford, St. Andrews, Sheffield and Sussex.
Students are entered for the annual Mathematics Challenges administered by the UK Mathematics Trust. Many students perform extremely well, earning Gold, Silver and Bronze certificates of achievement, and a number have progressed to the even more demanding ‘Kangaroo’ and ‘Junior Mathematical Olympiad’ rounds in recent years.