Through the teaching of mathematics at St Matthew's we aim:
- To stimulate, develop and maintain students' curiosity, interest and enjoyment in mathematics.
- To maximise each student's mathematical potential.
- To develop each student's ability to communicate mathematically in the key themes of – Number and Algebra, Shape, Space and Measure and Handling Data.
- To promote a variety of mathematical teaching and learning methods (including ICT, investigative and practical work) to raise achievement of students working individually, in pairs or in groups.
- To allow students to develop transferable mathematical skills that will aid their progression in other areas of the curriculum.
- To provide mathematical continuity and progression from Key Stage 2, through Key Stages 3 and 4 and prepare students for Mathematics at Key Stage 5 or for life and work outside of education.
At the end of his/her mathematical education at St Matthew's each student will be able:
- To experience satisfaction in and pleasure from his/her mathematical achievements.
- To obtain the highest Mathematics GCSE grade of which he/she is capable.
- To solve mathematical problems, communicating their answers through clear and logical reasoning both verbally and on paper.
- To approach a variety of problems and tasks systematically, choosing the appropriate techniques or strategies independently or through collaboration.
- To approach numerical or mathematical problems occurring elsewhere in the curriculum confidently and competently.
- To perform the basic mathematical skills required for entry into higher or further education or needed in his/her chosen career.
Homework / Assessment
At St. Matthew’s we use a variety of assessment techniques to identify the areas of strength and areas to develop for each pupil. As a result we can offer appropriate and accurate intervention. A part of the ongoing assessment of pupils is the setting, completion and marking of homework when appropriate. Whenever a piece of work is marked by the teacher they will offer opportunities to either correct any errors or extend the pupils understanding.
Resources and Facilities
The department has eight teaching classrooms, all equipped with interactive whiteboards. All pupils have an individual login for Mathswatch and Hegarty Maths website. These websites offers support and extra resources to assist your child in accessing the maths curriculum.
There are opportunities throughout the year to be involved in national competitions held by the UKMT and individual teachers also run revision sessions for pupils in year 11.