Maths

MMA_VanDyke_2010_1_423The mathematics faculty comprises seven teaching rooms.

The team consists of seven teachers - together they constitute an enthusiastic, dedicated and hard-working team.

Our approach to learning is underpinned by the belief that achievement in mathematics requires motivation to be maintained through an active approach to learning by both students and staff.

Click on the link to find out more about GCSE Mathematics, including the course description, coursework, what the final examination is like and post-16 opportunities.

All students also have access to a dedicated maths site, www.mathswatchvle.co.uk, for which their maths teacher will supply a password.

Parental Guidance from the Maths Team

All students receive seven hours of maths tuition per fortnight.  A variety of activities are used in lessons to develop understanding and application of Mathematics. Students are challenged to think and attempt, even at first glance, what appears difficult.

Independent study is vital if students are to maximise their potential in their exams.  All homework set for students is  available to parents.  Every student has their own unique login details to access these resources. Support materials are also available here.  The most powerful support software currently used at Vandyke is “Mathswatch”.  Students and parents can watch teaching clips and then attempt exemplar questions with immediate feedback available.  Further worksheets for each topic are also provided.  Feedback from students in previous years has been extremely positive about “Mathswatch” and its impact on learning and this has been reflected in recent GCSE exam results. This Maths department strongly encourages students to use “Mathswatch” as much as possible.

Extra study sessions are provided after school on Wednesday 3.05 - 4.05pm, and are open to all years, including students in the sixth form.  All students are encouraged to attend and take advantage of the extra support provided by the maths team.

Thank you for your support in helping to maximise your child’s potential in maths.