Mathematics contributes to the school curriculum by developing students’ abilities to calculate; to reason logically, algebraically and geometrically; to solve problems and to handle data.
Mathematics is important in everyday living, in many forms of employment and in public decision-making.
Mathematics enables students to build a secure framework of mathematical reasoning, which they can use and apply with confidence.
The power of mathematical reasoning lies in its use of precise and concise forms of language, symbolism and representation to reveal and explore general relationships.
These mathematical forms are widely used for modelling situations; a trend accelerated by computational technologies. The subject transcends cultural boundaries and its importance is universally recognised. Mathematics helps us to understand and change the world.
The Maths Faculty provides a vibrant, positive environment where all students are given the belief and the opportunity to achieve their potential, through high quality learning experiences and outstanding levels of support. The curriculum is highly engaging, varied and enjoyable. Assessment for learning and assessment of learning takes place regularly and consistently.
Our aims are:
- To set challenging targets with high expectations for all students.
- To offer a variety of approaches to teaching and learning to engage and motivate students and demand their active participation.
- To ease the transition for pupils between key stages and ensure progression in teaching and learning throughout their time at Tonypandy Community College.
- To monitor and track students efficiently and use our knowledge to help individuals move forward with bespoke, tailored learning.
- To explore enrichment opportunities in and outside of the curriculum to enhance students’ enjoyment of mathematics
Key Stage 3
Students in years 7 to 10 are studying the new mathematics framework for Wales. Students in years 7-9 have nine lessons per fortnight and students in year 10 have eight lessons per fortnight.
The Faculty have contributed to the creation of a consortium-wide scheme of learning and assessment materials. Lessons focus on the development and consolidation of procedural mathematical skills, which are then enhanced through tasks which demand the application of these skills and culminate in large, risk tasks which draw on a variety of mathematical content and skills to solve a real-life problem. All content for the National Numeracy Tests is covered at appropriate times in the curriculum.
Students in years 7 to 10 (all years from September 2016) are aspiring to achieve two GCSE qualifications in year 11; the first in traditional ‘mathematics’ and the second in the newly developed ‘numeracy’, the latter being a qualification to demonstrate a student’s grasp of real life mathematics
Key Stage 4
Students in year 11 are the final cohort to sit the existing GCSE examinations. They study content from the EdExcel syllabus at Higher Tier and from the WJEC syllabus at Foundation Tier. Students have either seven or eight lessons per fortnight, depending on their option choices.
All students were entered for the full GCSE at the end of year 10. Those who attained a C or above are now studying to better their grade at the higher tier in the summer. Students who achieved a grade D or E were entered into a November resit exam. When these results are obtained in January, some students may opt to better their grade by sitting the higher tier exam in the summer. All remaining students who have not achieved a C grade pass are entered for the final GCSE sitting of the year in the summer term.
At Key Stage 5, the Faculty offers A level Maths with WJEC. Year 12 students will study Core1, Core2 and Statistics 1. Year 13 students will study Core3, Core4 and Mechanics1.
A transition programme for new year 12 students has been created, in order to provide them with an assessment of the algebraic skills required at AS level.