Maths

Mr K Uddin

Head of Maths      kuddin@sjbc.wandsworth.sch.uk

“Mathematics - the unshaken Foundation of Sciences, and the plentiful Fountain of Advantage to human affairs.“
(Isaac Barrow)

Mathematics is the engine of science and engineering. It is the set of ideas, insights and techniques that enable us to understand, analyse and solve problems. It also has an elegance and beauty that fascinates and inspires those who understand it. 

KS3 and KS4

We understand that future job prospects are heavily influenced by progress in mathematics at school  and for this reason we have put in place curriculum that will prepare our students to gain the mathematical knowledge and skills needed for life in modern Britain, secure access into and success in further education and raise standards to compete in a global job market.

In year 7 and 8 we will ensure that all students achieve fluency in their mathematics, developing a deep understanding of fundamental concepts and being able to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately. Students will learn how to reason mathematically and develop understanding through identifying and communicating relationships between different strands of mathematics and building on prior knowledge. Students will learn to apply their mathematics to variety problems with increasing sophistication and will be given the opportunity and encouragement to persevere in seeking solutions.

Students study Maths for 6 hours per fortnight in Year 7, and 7 hours in Years 8 and 9, 10 and 11. It is one of the core subjects that follows directly on from the primary school curriculum. The skills and methods learnt at Key Stage 3 develop understanding and confidence, to prepare students for the new more enhanced GCSE curriculum. At KS4 exceptional students are stretched to do an additional GCSE -Further maths- which provides good preparation for A Level maths.

In each of the 5 years, students study the following topics:

  • Number (fractions, decimals, percentages, ratios, powers)
  • Algebra (formulae, sequences, graphs, equations
  • Shape (area, volume, co-ordinates, transformations, trigonometry)
  • Data (probability, analyzing and representing data, averages)

Students are set from the beginning of Year 7 based on data from primary schools and our own assessments. Setting is reviewed twice a year, to enable students to aim for outstanding progress.

KS5 A Level mathematics and Further mathematics

A Level Mathematics is the most widely sought after Qualification for entry into higher qualification. It is also our most popular A level course with many of our pupils going on to Russel group universities to pursue it further. We use the Edexcel exam board and offer both maths and Further Maths at A level.