|Ms A. Toprak||Head of Department|
|Mr B. Nyame||2/ic|
|Dr K. Ali Khan||Maths / Head of Year 10|
|Mr K. Balassis||Maths|
|Ms K. Royston||Maths|
|Miss A. Verebelyi||Maths|
|Mr J. James||Maths|
|Mrs S. Beled||Maths TA|
The department follows the national curriculum in Maths. KS3 results are the best in the Borough of Islington and above national average.
Since it is vital that pupils receive feedback on their work as soon as possible after its completion, all teachers will ensure that work is marked regularly. The aims of our assessment policy are:
|To encourage higher standards|
|To encourage improved standards of learning by feeding back information on work that has been completed|
|To ensure that work set as part of a programme of study has been adequately completed|
|To ensure pupils know how well they are doing and what more they need to do to improve|
Students are also set weekly tasks on the mymaths website which we subscribe to for extra practice. We also run a weekly mymaths on a Monday for pupils who require guidance with their work.
GCSE 2014 A* - C 82%
At St Aloysius we follow the Edexcel 'linear' system over a three year syllabus from year 9 to year 11. This is a two-tier system which includes a Higher and a Foundation Tier. This enables boys of all abilities to reach their full potential. Higher = A*–D, Foundation = C–G.
As with KS3, the results are the best in the borough of Islington.
In both Key Stages we are improving year on year. We intend to continue this trend.
We are currently running a year 11 mentoring program for a sector of our cohort. The purpose for this is to give extra support to the boys that we have identified as requiring help to reach their potential.
The study of Mathematics at A level allows students to understand mathematical principles and techniques and their application to theoretical and practical problem solving. We aim to develop students into independent learners and provide a sound knowledge for further progression into Higher Education. AS level students study three modules in year 12, Core 1; Core 2 and Statistics 1, which are examined during the course of the year. On successful completion of the AS modules students in year 13 study a further three modules, Core 3; Core 4 and Mechanics 1/ Statistics 2.
Students have access to vast range of resources including the following:
The Maths department have been working in conjuction with different universities in the region. We have been training PGCE student teachers for several years. We are also working with University Undergraduates and pairing them up as mentors with our KS3 pupils.
Gifted and Talented is for everyone - it is not exclusive but inclusive. In meeting the needs of our most able learners we can also engage and challenge all our pupils mathematically. Using tasks accessible to a wide range of ability enables the mathematics department not only to stretch the able but identify those that might not normally shine within the subject area. The mathematics team design carefully tailored resources to support and stretch gifted and talented pupils with the aim of approach to engage our pupils in and evaluating a range of tasks by reflecting on their own thinking and reasoning, with teacher intervention that might help to develop mathematical thinking even further beyond what may be perceived.
The Mathematics Department participate in the UK Mathematics Challenge. We enter in the three different tiers of this National Challenge: the Junior Challenge (Years 7 and 8), the Intermediate Challenge (Years 9, 10 and 11) and the Senior Challenge (Years 11, 12 and 13). This Challenge is based on 25 multiple choice questions of increasing difficulty based on Numeric and Logical problems based around the KS3 and KS4 curriculum.
We are currently working with City University Undergraduate and Postgraduate students. The University act as a charitable organisation and recruit some of their brightest and best students with a passion for Mathematics and its applications. These students act as peer mentors for a collection of our KS4 pupils with the aim of raising standards and giving our pupils an extra opportunity to reach their full potential at GCSE.
At 135 metres high, the London Eye is the world’s tallest cantilevered observation wheel, providing inspiring panoramic views across London and unique perspectives that are just not visible from the ground. This provides an excellent educational experience linked within the subject of mathematics to learn and engage with mathematical areas such as geometry and statistics in particular with the integration of key algebraic and numerical components. Pupils will also be able to gain insight into the technology that went into the process of creating the London Eye, which has potential connecting trajectories to Mechanics 1 which is an advanced level component. Above all, the boys enjoy the experience as the photo links illustrate and it is an educational experience as the link to the work booklet equally highlights.
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