Maths Overview

Our mathematics department is made up of a diverse group of professionals, all highly skilled and with a common goal in mind. At Hanson we believe building confidence is the key to success in mathematics and strive to make lessons both enjoyable and challenging.

Staffing

The team consists of 19 teachers in total, 15 of which, teach mathematics full time.

Mr D Silkstone – Director of Mathematics and responsibility for Year 11.

Ms C Stanley – Deputy Director of Mathematics and responsibility for KS4.

Mr P Singh – Deputy Director of Mathematics and responsibility for KS3.

Mr R Dare – Curriculum Lead for KS5 Mathematics.

Mr M Ali – Lead in GCSE Resits in Mathematics for Years 12 and 13.

Mr R Ahmed – Strategic Lead in Standards and Teacher of Mathematics.

Mr J Hodson – Assistant Head Teacher and Teacher of Mathematics.

Mr M Stuart – Assistant Head Teacher and Teacher of Mathematics.

Miss L Abbasi – Deputy Director of the Wider Curriculum and Teacher of Mathematics.

Mrs A Ali – Teacher of Mathematics.

Mrs A Fairhurst – Teacher of Mathematics.

Mr D Joseph – Teacher of Mathematics.

Miss H Bukhtawar – Teacher of Mathematics.

Mrs J Hirst – Teacher of Mathematics.

Mr N Ahmed – Teacher of Mathematics.

Mr N Iqbal – Teacher of Mathematics.

Mr S Uddin – Teacher of Mathematics.

Mrs S Allatt-Parkin – HLTA

 

Resources

The Mathematics department has access to spacious classrooms all with projectors and in most cases also interactive whiteboards. All rooms have a variety of textbooks for students to use. However, we encourage our staff to embrace a variety of teaching techniques including group work, worksheets activities and also interactive lessons to keep things interesting.

Curriculum

At KS3 students will cover a wide range of topics in 5 main areas:

  • Number
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Handling Data
  • Algebra
  • Shape

We aim to achieve a fluent transition from primary school and prepare them in Year 7 and Year 8 to begin covering the GCSE specification in Year 9. Students will be set according to their KS2 results initially, but then frequent monitoring and assessment ensure they are challenged at the correct level throughout their time at Hanson. Homework will be set once a week.

At KS4 students will follow a scheme of learning preparing them for the OCR GCSE specification at either Higher or Foundation level. Homework will be set twice a week.

At KS5 we offer both A Level and Further Mathematics through the Edexcel Examination Board. They provide examination material and textbooks that encompass an applied approach that is evident in the new syllabus. Additional to this we have purchased additional material from ZigZag education that will enhance this new approach and provide extra revision material. For A Level Mathematics there are 3 papers of 2 hours, each carrying equal weight. The first 2 papers are on Pure Mathematics, although there is an emphasise on more testing from the year 13 work. The final paper is equally divided between Statistics and Mechanics. For Further Mathematics there 4 papers of 90 minutes each. The first 2 papers are on Pure Mathematics, paper 3 is Decision 1 and paper 4 is Decision 2.