The maths curriculum at Wetherby Senior is traditional and academically rigorous; however, we aim to use technology effectively to make teaching and learning more dynamic. We also believe that boys can improve their problem solving skills by being challenged by questions and activities that go beyond standard textbook exercises. To that end, we ensure that all boys understand and agree to the following pledge.
As a Wetherby mathematician:
- I am a problem solver and learn from attempting tough challenges.
- I am prepared to take risks: it is better to get a wrong answer than to not try.
- I respond positively to teacher feedback and learn from mistakes.
- I practise techniques in order to aid memory and to increase speed and accuracy.
teaching and learning
Years 7 and 8 will complete the KS3 (Year 7-9) National Curriculum. This ensures that we cover a broad range of topics at the appropriate level and provide an excellent foundation to IGCSE studies in Year 9-11. Covering the KS3 National Curriculum in two years provides pace and challenge, but the Scheme of Work also includes investigations and projects that go beyond the National Curriculum.
The Year 9 Scheme of Work is largely based on the Foundation IGCSE specification (with extension into some Higher topics) as this is designed to capture all of the key areas in mathematics, across Number and Algebra, Shape, Space and Measures and Handling Data within the year.
Year 10 cover all of the Higher IGCSE topics in the Edexcel International GCSE (9-1) Mathematics A specification. This will allow us to extend able mathematicians with an extra GCSE in maths in Year 11 i.e. AQA Level 2 Certificate in Further Maths; whilst other boys have time to consolidate their skills in Year 11.
At A Level, we use the Edexcel specification for Mathematics and Further Maths. Each class will be split between two teachers, one focusing on Pure Maths and the other Applied (Statistics and Mechanics).
In all years, we also aim to enrich and enhance the prescribed curriculum in order to instill a sense of awe and wonder of maths in all boys through investigations, project work and cross-curricular activities. Extension material is inherent in our planning and we produce weekly ‘Challenge Questions’.
Boys will be entered in UK Mathematics Trust (UKMT) and Intermediate and Senior Challenges at the appropriate age. We also select boys to represent the school in Team Challenges. Challenge Questions from UMKT and other sources form part of weekly prep and are used in class to supplement the study of a particular topic and to ensure that topics in maths are not studied in isolation.
We run a UKMT Maths Challenge club on Friday lunchtimes that is open to all, plus other lunchtime meetings of boys selected for Team Challenges.
Each year, our Year 8 boys visit Bletchley Park to learn more about the work of mathematicians to break the Enigma Code.
A number of boys are selected each year to attend the Year 9 Mathematics Masterclasses at the Royal Institution on Saturday mornings.