Mathematics at RMGS is taught by well qualified, mathematically trained teachers who are sympathetic to the varying demands of their students. In Years 7 and 8, students are taught in form groups whilst Years 9 to 11 are taught in sets, whose sizes allow those students of lesser ability to be taught in smaller groups.
The maths department use interactive whiteboards which are in each classroom and the school computer network has several pieces of specialist mathematics software so that students in Years 7 to 11 will have many opportunities to use these.
All pupils start GCSE work in year 9. The express sets take Mathematics GCSE and the Level 2 Certificate in Further Mathematics in the June of Year 11. All other groups just take the Mathematics GCSE in the June of Year 11.
Since September 2017 6th form have been taught the new OCR(MEI) A level which includes pure mathematics, mechanics and statistics. The exam will be at the end of year 13, further details are on moodle.
For the more able mathematicians an additional Further Mathematics is available for year 12 and year 13. Extra help for STEP maths is available for those wishing to read Mathematics at some top universities such as Cambridge.
The department is well equipped with a wide variety of support and enrichment material. Up to date graphical calculators are available for class use but we do expect students to have their own scientific calculator and drawing equipment.
Students are encouraged to see the mathematics as well as realising the importance of the skills developed in a mathematics course. They are made aware of the opportunities available through its study. We run a Puzzle Club each week for Lower School students and each lunchtime we hold clinics and surgeries for students who are having problems.
Each year, years 7 and 8 take part in the Junior Mathematics Challenge where they are faced with unusual mathematical questions, whilst many year 9 10 and 11 students take the Intermediate Mathematics Challenge. Year 12 and year 13 also have an opportunity to take part in the Senior Mathematics Challenge. They are all set by the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust. There is a Senior Maths Team for year 12 and 13. The Senior Maths Team have been Regional Champions three times and were third in the UK in 2014.
Each lunchtime, there is a maths teacher available to give extra help to all pupils. The maths department also has a numeracy intervention scheme. A selected group of lower school pupils will receive extra support from one of the year 12 senior students, supervised by a maths teacher, for twenty minutes once a week, outside of their usual lessons.
The Mathematics Department also run a Chess Club on Thursday lunchtime.
In year 12 and 13 there are three Mathematics courses. Mathematics A level, Further Mathematics A level and a level three certificate in Core Mathematics
The level three certificate qualification in Core Maths is an AS level equivalent qualification, and is called ‘Core Maths B’, examined by OCR MEI.
It involves 10 lessons per fortnight, 5 with each teacher. Topics covered include; Financial Problem solving (looking at tax, insurance, AER and APR, investments…); statistics (including the normal distribution, correlation coefficients and hypotheses testing); Estimating and risk (including Fermi estimations and risk assessments linking to investment); and other topics.
Assessment includes two papers, both two hours long. Paper 1 is ‘Introduction to Quantitative Reasoning’ and is marked out of 72. There will be pre-release material to study for this paper. Paper 2 is ‘Statistical Problem solving’ and is marked out of 60. This paper is split into two sections, both worth 30 mark each. Section B will refer to a large data set (given as pre-release material also).
Both exams will be sat at the end of year 12, giving students an actual grade (rather than prediction) to add to their UCAS applications. There may also be an option to complete this one year course in year 13, but this is still up for discussion.
Entry requirement for the course is a minimum grade 5 at GCSE.
The course links in well with business studies and economics (mainly in paper 1 as we look at supply and demand, finance schemes, taxes, investments etc) and to some extent in paper 2, when we look at sampling and hypotheses testing.
The course links in well with psychology, geography and biology too, as it looks at sampling techniques, the problem solving cycle, correlation coefficients and hypotheses testing. We also cover the Chi-Squared distribution that is covered in biology, psychology and geography.
To find out information about the A level courses in Mathematics and Further Mathematics please see the sixth form pages.