Mathematics is one of the most important subjects studied by pupils at St Catherine’s and the department is a central focal point in the school in its commitment to excellence and high achievement. We are a strong team of very experienced teachers devoted to sharing our enthusiasm for Mathematics and aspiring to present the subject as exciting, stimulating and relevant; one which has a natural elegance and beauty.
The department aims to ensure that all pupils are challenged to attain their full mathematical potential and, to meet this need, we feel that pupils make the best progress when taught in ability sets. We provide a wide range of teaching and learning experiences and strive to develop mathematical knowledge and understanding in a way that encourages confidence and self-belief showing our depth and awareness of the skills and needs of individual pupils.
We offer considerable support to our pupils on a one to one basis, in our lunchtime clinics or in dedicated revision classes. All pupils are equally important to us whether they need additional help to attain that all important Grade 4 at GCSE or need a little more guidance to ensure that they get the 9/8 level grade required by top universities.
Underlying the department is a sound structure with a thorough assessment programme providing an excellent data resource which follows the pupils throughout their time at the school. The department firmly believes that pupils should be fully involved in their learning and should be aware of what they are to be taught, how well they understand it and what they need to do to make further progress
The Mathematics syllabus in Years 7 and 8 gives pupils a thorough grounding of all the basic number work and algebra needed for confident progress in the subject whilst developing their mathematical intuition through problem-solving activities. Further geometrical and statistical skills are introduced and formalised providing a solid foundation for pupils to start their International GCSE course in Year 9.
Throughout Key Stage 4, all pupils are prepared for the Edexcel International GCSE (specification A) Higher Tier with more able pupils being offered an additional Further Mathematics course which runs within normal timetabled lesson allocation.
Mathematics also extends beyond the classroom. Pupils participate in the annual Maths Challenges organised by the UKMT, with many Bronze, Silver and Gold certificates being awarded each year and a team of four girls is selected to enter a local heat of the Team Maths Challenge. House Competitions take place in the lower school and pupils in Year 8 and 9 have the opportunity to undertake code breaking activities as part of an organised trip to Bletchley Park.
Mrs M Collett Head of Department
Mrs A Davids
Mrs P Edmunds
Mrs S Winterburn
Mrs R Nathoo