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We are fortunate to have a dedicated team of teaching and support staff with a good mix of high-level skills and experiences in pedagogy and industry.
In the Mathematics department at Chipping Norton School we aim to provide an interesting curriculum which is broad and varied from year 7 through to year 13. We have spacious classrooms which have recently been refurbished and each has an interactive whiteboard. ICT is especially useful for the learning of Mathematics and pupils regularly have lessons in one of the dedicated ICT rooms where we use a variety of software including Mymaths.co.uk, Mangahigh.com and Autograph as well as many others.
We offer exciting opportunities for pupils to fulfil their potential and to extend their knowledge and enjoyment of mathematics beyond the curriculum. In previous years these have included the UK Mathematics Trust's Maths Challenges, World Maths Day, "I'm an Engineer" funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering, Family Focus, a year 12 visit to the Motor Industry Repair Research Centre at Thatcham, lectures at Oxford University and a year 7 workshop at Oxford Brookes University. Gifted and Talented Mathematics events for more able students in year 4-5 and year 6 are run annually in partnership with local Primary Schools.
The path through the key stage 3 curriculum is a spiral based on number, algebra, geometry and statistics. The pupils are grouped by ability and move from one topic to the next but then as topics are re-visited they are studied in greater depth and complexity. At Chipping Norton School we aim to make Mathematics meaningful to our pupils and at the same time to encourage and stimulate independent learning. This is done by embedding a series of appropriate real-life rich tasks right through the curriculum.
Assessment is an integral tool to monitoring progress and encouraging pupils to take responsibility for their learning. Each pupil is assessed at least 4 times during the year in the form of topic tests and an end of year assessment.
The transition from key stage 3 to 4 happens in term 6 of year 9. Pupils are grouped according to ability.
Pupils study either foundation or higher GCSE, both of which are examined at the end of year 11. The course gives equal emphasis to the four key areas – number, algebra, geometry and statistics. Each of these areas has a focus on the real-life application of Mathematics.
We currently study the new OCR 9 – 1 syllabus.
A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics are both popular at Chipping Norton School. There are several different choices which will lead to either an AS or an A2 qualification.
Typically in year 12 Mathematics students would study Core 1 and Core 2 with either Mechanics 1 or Statistics 1. In year 13 they would study Core 3 and Core 4 with either Mechanics 2, Statistics 2 or Decision 1. We also offer an A-level in Statistics.
Further Mathematics is taken in addition to the standard Mathematics A level and requires the study of Further Pure modules as well as some Mechanics, Statistics and Decision modules. The number of modules studied depends on whether the course is being taken to AS or A2 level.We currently study the AQA syllabus – Mathematics 6360.