Mathematics, Computing, ICT & Business Studies

The aim of the Mathematics Faculty is to ensure that all students achieve their potential, equipping them with the skills required for modern adult life.

The faculty consists of a team of enthusiastic and committed members of staff. We are able to support each other closely and enjoy the opportunities offered to discuss and share good practice amongst the team whether informally or more formally during faculty meetings or INSET. The team are extremely proud of the performance of students in public examinations across all key stages. The curriculum is delivered in a range of different teaching styles but the Mathematics curriculum is chiefly taught via teacher-led discussion. Practical work, investigational work and the use of ICT is encouraged.

Teaching and Learning

The faculty teaches in broad ability groups for the delivery of Mathematics at both KS3 and 4. Students entering Year 7 are placed in mixed ability groups with additional support given to students when needed.

KS3 - The KS3 curriculum has been produced collaboratively and schemes of work have been created ensuring all students undertake work designed to prove accessible but challenging.

GCSE - Students follow the Edexcel Linear Mathematics GCSE. Our Year 9 students begin this after Easter allowing for plenty of time for revision in Year 11.

A-Level - Mathematics is an increasingly popular course at Oldfield. A growing number of students follow the Edexcel course. Modules are currently offered in Core Mathematics, Decision Mathematics and Statistics.

Students can also take Further Maths at AS Level. Students are assessed throughout all key stages and key test results are held centrally. These are used to track students' progress towards their targets. All students are aware of these targets and our comment-based marking policy is intended to provide them with guidance regarding how to achieve those levels/grades.

Accommodation and Resources

Each specialist teacher in the faculty has their own teaching room. These are based in the Deval Block and are suited together. Each classroom has its own set of computers and printer and all classrooms are equipped with an interactive whiteboard and projector. The school network, internet and e-mail can be accessed from all classrooms.

Curriculum and Assessment

Mathematics KS3 Scheme of Work

Year 7

1. Sequences and functions
2. Place value and ordering
3. Perimeter, area and volume
4. Fractions, decimals and percentages
5. Probability
6. Expressions, formulae and brackets
7. Shapes and angles
8. Statistics
9. Linear graphs and sequences
10. Calculating and measuring
11. Properties of shapes
12. Ratio and proportion
13. Linear equations
14. Transformations
15. Multiples factors and primes
16. Equations functions and graphs
17. Polygons and nets

Year 8

1. Integers, powers and roots
2. Angles and shapes
3. Equations and formulae
4. Probability
5. Fractions, decimals and percentages
6. Units and measures
7. Diagrams and graphs
8. Place value and calculations
9. Transformations
10. Solving equations
11. Statistics
12. Calculations
13. Equations and graphs
14. Ratio and proportion
15. Constructions

Year 9

1. Calculations, rounding and estimating
2. Sequences, functions and graphs
3. Probability
4. Index laws and prime factor decomposition
5. Area and volume
6. GCSE course starts in January


ICT and Computing

From September 2014, Computing has replaced ICT as a national curriculum subject at all key stages.

Computing is concerned with how computers and computer systems work, how they are designed and programmed, how to apply computational thinking, and how to make best use of information technology. It aims to give pupils a broad education that encourages creativity and equips them with the knowledge and skills to understand and change the world. There are 3 strands:

Accommodation and Resources

The department currently uses 4 dedicated IT rooms that run along the corridor from the dining room. Each room can accommodate up to 32 pupils on computers run under RM Community Connect 4, with Windows 7 on the workstations. Each room has a colour and black and whiter printer and an interactive whiteboard.

We also have a number of old computers and hardware which are used for demonstration and active learning. Lego robots have also been purchased and will be offered in KS3 and as an enrichment activity.

We have the Adobe suite of software and MS Office 2010, as well as some more specialist software.

Teaching and Learning

All students in Years 7, 8 and 9 receive one lesson per week of discrete Computing and at Key Stage 4 students have 5 lessons over the 2 week timetable and are currently studying for IGCSE in ICT. As a result of the recent changes, it is now important that we also offer to IGCSE Computer Science, to give students an opportunity to specialise in 2 of the 3 main Computing strands.

A-Level ICT and A-Level Computing are available in Years 12 and 13.

The school is a member of the Computing at Schools - Network of Excellence and is developing links with other member schools in the area and the University of Bath.

Curriculum and Assessment

Our Current KS3 Curriculum consists of:

Year 7

Introduction to Computers
Digital Citizenship with E-safety
Scratch Programming with Maths
Extended project using graphics, CAD and App Inventor

Year 8

Understanding Computers
Digital Citizenship with E-safety
Small Basic
Databases
Extended project with an enterprise focus

Year 9

Networking
Digital Citizenship with E-safety
YouSRC
Programming with Python
Extended project with either an ICT or Computer Science focus, depending on KS4 option chosen.

 

The Department

Mrs K Lycett

Subject Leader Computing/ICT. Teacher of Computing at KS3/4 and ICT at KS4/5

Mrs C Britton Teacher of Computing at KS3 and ICT KS4/5
Mr D Herbert Teacher of Computing – Year 7 & 8
Mr S Morris Network Manager
Mr J Graham ICT Technician (Student Support)
Mr T Spiteri ICT Technician (AV)