The Mathematics & Commerce Learning Zone develops each student’s understanding of mathematical concepts through a variety of different teaching methods. Both pure and applied Mathematics are taught and the practical and day to day relevance of Mathematics are emphasised through lessons and extracurricular activities.
Students are grouped according to ability and progress is closely monitored to ensure that the grouping is always appropriate so that each individual can achieve their full potential at GCSE.
The approach to Mathematics is very much “can do” with an emphasis on problem solving and functionality. All teaching and learning is interactive with students being encouraged to participate fully in lessons, with tasks, such as kinaesthetic activities, designed to cater for all learners. Students experience a wide range of teaching style, with student led learning and teaching being strongly promoted throughout KS3 and KS4.
We fully appreciate that students, regardless of their ability, learn at different paces at different stages in their lives, and because of this, “Drop in Workshops” are available at least three times a week and are open to all students. The Learning Zone also offers intensive revision sessions for KS4 students, including the use of ‘Walking Talking’ mocks and Booster sessions, offered free both at weekends and in school holidays as they approach their exams.
In addition to Maths, at KS4 Pathway Choices students are offered the opportunity to select GCSE Statistics, giving students another chance to apply knowledge to a real-life setting. In the 21st century, it is essential that all students are prepared for the increasingly data rich environment which they will encounter as adults. We are confident that our approach to Mathematics fulfils this goal.