Mathematics & Computing Faculty Overview
Mathematics is a creative and highly interconnected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject. Students should make rich connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. They should also apply their mathematical knowledge to science and other subjects.
The Mathematics and Computing Faculty has a team of highly qualified specialist teachers. Faculty leadership is shared amongst four staff; a Head of Faculty, deputy, lead practitioner and Head of KS5.
At Key Stages 3 and 4, all students have 6 hours of Mathematics lessons per fortnight. Students in Year 7 are in mixed ability classes and other years are loosely set according to their ability. Students are regularly assessed, and setting is reviewed termly to ensure all students are placed in classes that provide appropriate levels of access and challenge.
Students in Year 9 study Computing for one hour a week. They are given an introduction to the use of one note, the tool through which the curriculum will be delivered, coding, including Python and pseudo code, and computational thinking. Students are then in a position to make an informed choice to study GCSE Computer Science as an option in Year 10.
We firmly believe in the importance of home learning to ensure students develop the ability to retain, recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately and become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics. Hegarty Maths is used as our home learning resource throughout Years 7 – 11. Hegarty Maths provides good quality teaching to students at home and enables them to consolidate work studied in school.
We offer lunchtime Maths clubs on Wednesdays in G51 and Fridays in ICT2. Students can come and complete home learning, get one to one help with work or just come and enjoy doing maths in an informal way through puzzles, games and other activities.
GCSE statistics is offered as an additional GCSE option in Year 10 and has consistently produced results above the national average.
Mathematics and Computer Science are also offered at Key Stage 5. Braintree Sixth Form has a Subject Group Leader responsible for Mathematics & Computing. Students can opt to study Mathematics, Further Maths or Computer Science A Level.