The Mathematics Department at Westfield School aims to:-
- * develop an enjoyment for and a lasting interest in mathematics;
- * help students to feel confident with mathematics culminating in academic success;
- * develop an understanding of the principles underlying mathematics and the ability to apply these principles to future studies and vocations;
- * develop mathematical knowledge, skills and understanding necessary for everyday living and effective citizenship;
The department is staffed by a team of dedicated and enthusiastic specialist maths teachers:-
- Dr Kathryn Barnett
- Mrs Fiona Swift
- Mrs Liza Marshall
The classrooms are fully equipped with a networked computer and overhead LCD projector. The department has many ICT resources for teaching maths, both PC and web based. ICT is used to enhance the teaching and learning of maths, helping to engage and motivate students.
All students study mathematics up to GCSE level, then in Sixth Form can opt to take AS maths (one year course) or A-level (two years). In order to help differentiate the teaching in the department students are taught in ability sets throughout Senior House.
Every student is issued with the relevant textbook which is a coherent reference for the course they are studying.
The textbooks used are:-
- Years 7 & 8 - Heinemann "Impact Maths" course
- Year 9 - Edexcel GCSE Foundation Tier textbook/Heineman
- Years 10 & 11 - Edexcel GCSE Higher Tier textbook
Students in Year 11 sit the Edexcel GCSE and are encouraged to take the higher paper if this is considered appropriate.
We also follow the Edexcel A-level syllabus and we encourage all students with good GCSE grades to study mathematics in the Westfield Sixth Form.
In Lower Sixth, pupils take two pure modules and one applied from a choice of Mechanics 1, Statistics 1 or Decision 1. This gives them an AS qualification at the end of the year. In Upper Sixth, students take two further pure modules and a different applied module from the same choice as before. These three further modules make up the six required for the full maths A-level.
For students intending to study mathematics at University we can offer the Further Mathematics A-level which involves taking an additional six modules over two years. The chosen modules are a combination of pure and applied maths and would be tailored to an individual’s requirements.