Mathematics is a central part of learning and teaches students the concepts of logic and proof as well as having applications into many varied areas of life. It is a key building block for many subjects as well as being a subject in its own right. Mathematics is seen as a crucial element of the school's academic life and is staffed by highly qualified teachers who have a wide range of interests.
At the Crypt School we recognise that a qualification in Mathematics is vital for all our students and we are justly proud of the achievements of our students at all levels. We demand the highest standards of our students and their success in recent years has shown a steady increase in performance. There are six dedicated Mathematics classrooms all fully equipped with interactive whiteboards and a comprehensive range of software to assist students in their understanding. The department is well resourced and subscribes to the MyMaths website.
We take part in various Mathematics Challenges run by the UK Mathematics Trust and also participate in Team challenges at Senior and Intermediate level with considerable success.
Students spend 6 or 7 hours a fortnight in Mathematics lessons, and have four 30-45 minute homework tasks over the same period. Students are placed in sets by ability in Year 8 and 9 and at the end of Year 9 undertake Functional Skills Level 2.
In Year 10 and 11 students are taught in five groups and study the new AQA 8300 course. Additionally, the most able students take the AQA Level 2 Further Maths GCSE which provides a good transition for those students who wish to continue onto A Level. Students are expected to spend up to an hour on each piece of homework set.
In the Sixth form we offer a range of A-Level courses, including Mathematics and Further Mathematics. All three applied modules are offered (Mechanics, Statistics and Decision) and we are always looking to expand the challenges that our students experience. It has been satisfying to see a general increase in the demand for our Mathematics courses over the past few years and in particular for Further Mathematics. Students normally undertake nine periods of study per fortnight for each subject and there are an increasing number of our students going on to study Mathematics at university. These students have the opportunity to work with lecturers from the University of Bath in Year 13.
Head of Department: Mr Richard Sayers
Second in Department: Mr Daniel Foster
Mrs Penelope Bennett
Mrs Alison Peake
Mr Joshua Dixon
Miss Anna-Marie Higgins
Ms Elisabeth Afseth
Mrs Sue Faraday
Key Stages 3 & 4
Maths & ICT
Most students in Year 7 choose to take part in the schools laptop scheme. The Maths department have membership of the MyMaths website, which allows students to work through lessons, games and tasks to improve their Mathematics at their own pace. Laptops are also loaded with software used in other Maths lessons, including Autograph and Excel. Students are encouraged to use the Internet to find other websites to improve their learning, of which there are many.
Every classroom has an interactive Whiteboard, and they are used to show concepts dynamically wherever possible.
UKMT Maths Challenges
Approximately half the Mathematicians in Year 7 and 8 are entered for the Junior Maths Challenge run by the UKMT. Selected students from Year 7 and 8, and approximately half the students in Year 9 and 10 are entered for the Intermediate Maths Challenge. Certain students in Year 11 are also selected to take part in the Senior Challenge.
These challenges are lively, intriguing multiple choice question papers, which are designed to stimulate interest in mathematics in large numbers of pupils. Success in these challenges is rewarded by either a Bronze, Silver or Gold certificate and a lunch and presentation ceremony with the headmaster.
In addition to the individual challenges, four top students, two in Year 8 and two in Year 9, are selected to take part in a Team Challenge after a series of rounds in school. The UKMT Team Challenges promote mathematical dexterity, team working, and communication skills. They give pupils the opportunity to compete against pupils from other schools in their region.
In addition, the school provides additional valuable resources for revision within the Maths Department section of the school intranet site.