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Sir Harry Smith

Sir Harry Smith Community College

  • Mathematics


    The Mathematics department strives to develop each student fully to their potential. It is important to us that students experience enjoyment and satisfaction in their achievements. The aim is to provide each student with the skills and confidence needed for their chosen career path, to be numerate and to develop the students’ understanding of the mathematics required in daily adult life.

    Years 7 - 9

    Students in Years 7 – 9 are taught in sets and follow the Key Stage 3 National Strategy framework for teaching mathematics. This course is supported by selected textbooks, practical work, ICT, investigative work, thinking skills and the numeracy framework. Students are tested at the end of each unit of work and have a more formal assessment at the end of each year.

    Homework is set once a week. This will usually be a mixture of written, online or investigative tasks which is related to the work undertaken in class and will last about 30 minutes.

    Years 10 - 11

    Students follow a two year AQA 6 GCSE course, leading to entry at either foundation or higher tier. Students will sit exams during Year 11. Students are actively encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning. Homework of about 30 minutes continues to be set once a week.

    Sixth Form

    Students follow the AQA Mathematics courses at AS and A2 level, studying a range of pure and applied mathematics. We also offer the Further Maths A-Level which studies further pure and applied mathematics topics. Formal homework is set weekly, as well as an expectation for students to complete a further 5 hours of independent study per week.

    Additional Information

    All students are expected to come prepared for lessons with the essential equipment as listed in the student planner. A scientific calculator is required for higher tier students and students studying A level are advised to purchase a graphical calculator to complement the course. Maths workshops are available for invited students. Gifted and Talented students take part in organised extra-curricular activities. These include UK Maths Challenges, both individual and team, and the County Maths Challenges