The Mathematics Department is a caring and committed team of staff who teach the full ability range from year 7 to Post 16. We have high expectations of all our students and provide both fast track opportunities for the mathematically gifted and a supportive environment for those who find mathematics difficult. Over a two week timetable, students in Year 11 have 9 lessons, Year 10 have 8 lessons, Year 9 have 6 lessons, whilst students in Years 7 and 8 have 7 lessons.
The effective teaching and learning of mathematics at Hampton College takes place through a variety of teaching and learning strategies in the classroom and where the emphasis is on gaining understanding rather than just right answers.
The ultimate aim is for students to leave Hampton College with confidence in using Mathematical skills which are relevant to their chosen pathway, from day to day money management to different fields of engineering.
During Key Stage 3 we focus on making sure the basics are embedded, problem solving techniques and investigating the world through the eyes of mathematicians.
The curriculum for Mathematics has 5 areas of study; Processes and Applications, Number, Algebra, Geometry and Measures and Statistics. Students undertake a wide variety of activities including:
- Number - the four rules, fractions, decimals, percentages and ratio
- Algebra - patterns, finding a rule, solving equations
- Geometry & Measures - symmetry, area, perimeter, volume, angles, polygons
- Statistics - statistical diagrams, averages, probability
There are two levels of entry at GCSE level (Foundation & Higher). Each student will be entered for the one which is appropriate for their ability in Mathematics.
Foundation Tier leads to GCSE grades 1 to 5
Higher Tier leads to GCSE grades 4 to 9
It is important that students are entered for a tier which they can cope with as failure to gain the pass mark in any tier will leave them without a GCSE grade in Mathematics.
Students will sit the GCSE in Mathematics at the end of Year 11.
Students who undertake Mathematics beyond GCSE will study for the A-Level provided by Edexcel. Students will be proficient in 6 modules. They will take modules in 4 core areas (covering differentiation and integration, coordinate geometry, sequences and vectors) with an option to take further modules in Mechanics and Statistics.
An A-Level in Further Mathematics is also available as an additional A-Level. It must be studied alongside A-Level Mathematics. Students will study an additional 6 modules.