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Mathematics

Our Aim

We aim to provide well planned and organised Mathematics lessons, using a range of resources that engage and challenge all students within a safe, pleasant and stimulating physical and emotional learning environment.

Students are set by ability throughout their time at Upton. Interactive whole class teaching engages and challenges students of all abilities. Lessons are enhanced by the use of group work, relevant problem solving activities and contexts, investigations and rich tasks.

Teachers

  • Mr J. Biard, Head of Mathematics
  • Mrs S. Christianson, Second in Mathematics, responsible for KS4
  • Miss E. Baker, responsible for KS3 
  • Mr B. Jones, responsible for KS5
  • Mr G. Cadman
  • Mrs A. Evans
  • Mr S. Fox
  • Mr M. Jones
  • Miss J. O'Neill
  • Mrs S. Risi
  • Miss K. Spencer
  • Mrs E. Thompson
  • Miss J. Toland
  • Miss K. Wilson (currently on maternity leave)

Email the department: mathsdepartment@uptonhigh.co.uk

Curriculum

Key Stage 3

Students study aspects of number, algebra, shape and space and data handling as well as the use and application of Mathematics. For more detailed information follow the links on this webpage.

Key Stage 4

Students at Key Stage 4 study in greater depth the same aspects of Mathematics that are taught at Key Stage 3. All students are assessed against the Edexcel GSCE specification (grades 9 - 1). Assessment is by examination at the end of Year 11. Students take three papers, each 1 hour 30 minutes. The first paper is a non-calculator paper, the second and third allow the use of a calculator. For more detailed information follow the links on this webpage.

6th Form

Students may choose to study A level Mathematics and are assessed against the Edexcel specification. All students study Pure Mathematics topics, such as higher algebra, trigonometry and calculus, as well as applications: Mechanics and Statistics. Some students study a second A level in Mathematics, called Further Mathematics. These students study further topics in Pure Mathematics, Mechanics and Statistics.

Homework in Mathematics

Students are set homework on a regular basis within the two week timetable cycle. Homework may take a number of forms: exercise questions to consolidate understanding, revision questions, preparation for assessment tests, investigational work, research or planning tasks for subsequent lessons, on-line “My Maths” homework. The amount of homework set depends on the age and ability of the student. Students will receive feedback on their homework in line with the school policy on feedback.

Other information

Students require the following equipment for their Mathematics lessons: pen, pencil, ruler, eraser, compasses, protractor and scientific calculator (suitable calculators may be purchased from the school shop). Students who attend lessons without being fully equipped cause disruption to the learning of others, we hope to avoid this where possible.

The department subscribes to “My Maths” an Internet resource which contains interactive lessons on topics from Key Stage 3 to A level. Students can access these when they wish to undertake independent learning, revision or just catch up during and after absences. All students are given the school’s password and can login as uptonbc at www.mymaths.co.uk from home.

Useful Websites