The Magic Numbers!

The subject is popular with students at all levels of ability and has produced some very impressive results. Work is varied, fun and encourages students to work individually and collaboratively. The department works hard to promote an ethos of inclusion for all, have high expectations for students and endeavour to enable them to achieve their potential.

All pupils are encouraged to take an active role in lessons and are given the opportunity to solve problems using Mathematical knowledge and skills. ICT is used to enhance the learning experience; all Mathematics rooms are equipped with Interactive White Boards with access to iPads and there are two computer suites within the department. Pupils can use Mathswatch, ActiveLearn, Doddle, Just Maths and the PiXLMaths App to complement their classroom learning and have access to these sites for independent learning.

Department Staff and Responsibilities:

Mr P Barry – Teaching and Learning Leader
Mrs J Brooks – Teaching and Learning Manager
Mr C Riozzi – Maths Teacher
Mrs L Davies – Maths Teacher
Miss L Jones, Maths Teacher
Mr J Morgan – Maths Teacher
Miss H Farrimond – Maths Teacher
Mr D Steele – Numeracy Development
Miss D Atkins – Maths Teacher
Mr S Gribbon – Maths Teacher
Mr R Hurst – Maths Teacher
Ms F Black – Maths Teacher
Linked Governor Mr Channon Woodward

Key Stage 3 – Years 7, 8 and 9

In Key Stage 3 students follow a scheme of work based on White Rose Maths, which gradually builds skills and knowledge using small steps. There is a big focus on Numeracy and Key Skills in Mathematics, which builds on learning from Key Stage 2, and promotes depth of understanding along with problem solving and knowledge retention. The main topic areas are; number, ratio and proportion, algebra, statistics & probability and geometry & measure. Students are regularly assessed throughout the year to monitor progress and they are set based on ability.

Key Stage 4 – Years 10 and 11

In Key Stage 4 students follow a two tier (Higher/Foundation) linear syllabus with Edexcel. The Foundation syllabus covers grades 1-5 and the Higher covers grades 4-9. The final examination consists of three papers; Paper 1 is without a calculator, Papers 2 and 3 are with a calculator. Students are regularly assessed throughout the year to monitor progress and they are set based on ability to ensure they are entered for the correct tier. For students who have the ability and desire to study Mathematics at A Level, we also offer a Level 2 Certificate in Further Mathematics in Year 11, which acts as a bridge between GCSE and A Level.

Extra-Curricular Activities

  • Lunchtime Maths Club
  • Homework support sessions
  • After school revision /support
  • UK Maths Challenge
  • Booster visits to Manchester University
  • Gifted and talented Mathematicians club

Subject Intent and Learning Journey

The following link outlines what students will learn at each stage of their journey at Bedford in Maths. This includes the key knowledge, skills and concepts they will encounter through their exciting and aspirational journey in Maths. Maths Curriculum Intent and Learning Journey.