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Mathematics

Welcome to the Mathematics Department

Our vision is to provide the highest quality mathematics education for every student. We aim to provide the tools required for every student to achieve their potential, so they can be equipped to tackle mathematical challenges inside and outside the classroom. 

The curriculum is designed to provide both the highest quality subject knowledge for every pupil while also promoting an understanding of logic and reasoning.

Pupils attend seven one-hour lessons across a two-week timetable, providing sufficient practice time for all to succeed in Maths. The department also provides booster support for those pupils who require it. This is supplemented by up to two hours of homework a week, posted on Epraise and using a variety of websites including Mathswatch, Dr Frost, and IntegralMaths.

Our aim is to provide a broad mathematical education for all which we believe goes hand in hand with our pupils enjoying maths. So, while you can read about the topics we teach and look at the schemes of work below we offer much more.  Last year we celebrated Pi Day with special lessons, Pi biscuits, a Pi competition and even some teachers dressed as Pi-rates. Girls have competed in Junior and Intermediate Maths Challenges, the Cyber First Challenge and took part in Maths Week London. There was also the opportunity for some of the girls to attend the exciting Maths in Action event in Westminster with girls feeding back that they got to see just how they could apply maths to everyday life and it was really fun!  

The Mathematics department consists of 9 teachers, led by Head of Department, Mr. Brilliant. All contact should be made via enquiries@copthall.barnet.sch.uk

KS3

In years 7 and 8 the syllabus is led by the National Curriculum. Pupils are taught to develop means of organising, communicating and manipulating information over a broad range of topics. The emphasis is on problem-solving, investigations and practical activities. Pupils are encouraged to use their own initiative and imagination when tackling a variety of tasks.

During KS3, students develop their understanding of the main concepts that underpin the study of mathematics, as well as learning the processes which are essential to future mathematical progress.

Students in years 7 and 8 participate in the Junior UKMT Mathematics Challenge competition.

You can see the full schemes of work for years 7 and 8 below.

KS4

In year 9 students begin a 3-year course working towards their Edexcel Linear GCSE at Higher or Foundation level. The course builds on the foundations set in KS3 around number and algebra with the introduction of topics like angles, Pythagoras and trigonometry.  

Over the 3 years pupils will not only be introduced to more complex and challenging material but also return to prior learning to deepen their understanding and reasoning.

You can see the full schemes of work for years 9, 10 and 11 below.

There is also the opportunity for some students to take further Edexcel qualifications including: Certificate of entry in year 9, Number & Measure Level 1 in year 10 and Number & Measure Level 2 in year 11.

You can see the Number & Measure topic list below.

Students in years 9 to 11 participate in the Intermediate UKMT Mathematics Challenge competition.

KS5

A comprehensive understanding of Mathematics is an invaluable tool for a wide variety of academic and vocational pursuits. Mathematical techniques are used in many disciplines while the concepts behind these techniques are equally worth exploring. Students choosing this A level should enjoy the challenge of investigating and solving mathematical problems.

In the pure modules students develop their understanding and confidence in using mathematics. Topics including advanced algebra, trigonometry, logarithms, numerical methods, sequences and calculus. In the two applied modules students use these skills to model real life problems. In Statistics students learn to analyse data critically and draw sensible conclusions from it. In Mechanics students learn to make assumptions about physical situations so they can be described mathematically.

You can see further information on the KS5 courses below. 

The most-able pupils also have the chance to study Further Mathematics. This builds on from the normal A' level content and extends into even more challenging areas of Maths including Further Mechanics, Complex and Imaginary Numbers, and Hyperbolic Functions.

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