Mathematics – A gatekeeper of success in all fields of life
About our Mathematics Department
Strand Leader: J Taylor
Mathematics is known as one of the gatekeepers for success in all fields of life. As such, we in the Maths Strand consider it to be more than a subject. It is conceived as a key for problem solving and prepares students for practical life. We provide students with a platform to develop their knowledge, skills, logic and analytical thinking. Our teaching methods aim to increase curiosity, which we believe helps students to be more creative and develop connections. This not only helps them in Maths but leads to the development of students’ ability to solve problems in almost all fields of life.
In Years 7, 8 and 9, we focus on teaching practices that introduce mathematical concepts in a fun and engaging environment. These are aimed at developing students’ confidence in fundamental mathematical concepts. Students are made to consider the relevance of their findings as they connect their mathematical learning to the real world. This enables them to conceptualise their learning before they apply it to GCSE questions. As students move into Year 9, our approach to teaching changes. The teaching scaffolds their learning and revisits all the mathematical concepts previously taught, as well as new topics.
At Essa Academy we currently offer the AQA course. The course offers two tiers of entry: the Foundation tier covers grades 1 to 5, the Higher tier covers grades 5 to 9. Students follow a two year certification course and take the examinations in Year 11.
We aim to have taught all the content by December of year 11 so that we can personalise the learning for each student, and focus on strengthening those areas that challenge each student.
Revision sessions are available before (7.45am to 8.20am) and after (Session 5) the Academy day for year 11 students. Leading up to the exams, revision sessions are available during the holiday periods and at weekends (dates to be confirmed) to ensure 100% preparation.
Revision sessions are also available for Year 10 (before and after school) and for students in lower year groups who have missed lessons and need catch up sessions.
Maths homework clubs have been set up for lower year groups and a maths lunchtime club is held for aspirational mathematicians in year 7 who want to extend their mathematical problem solving skills.
A variety of Maths excursions are held throughout the year. Some allow students to experience mathematical competition and some expose students to the opportunities available if they were to progress their mathematical academia and excel in a University environment.
Opportunities to experience mathematics in a real life context are equally provided. In 2015 a joint Arts and Maths trip to New York allowed students to appreciate the mathematical intricacies of Wall Street amongst other American marvels!
Our Strand Council comprises a team of younger students who have a passion for Mathematics. They rigorously seek to inspire new mathematicians and have many ideas.