Curriculum, vision and aims.
It is our intention here at Wales to ensure that all students who study Mathematics fulfil their potential, acquire a great range of skills and a wide range of Mathematical knowledge. Mathematics is important in so many areas of everyday life. Students will use Maths well beyond the time that they leave us whether this be to College, University, Apprenticeships or Employment. Regardless of the path that each student takes when they leave Wales we will have done everything we can to equip them with the necessary Maths skills to follow that path successfully.
Mathematics is a subject that teaches skills beyond basic Maths. It helps to mould individuals who can problem solve, demonstrate resilience, adapt to change and demonstrate clarity – all great values to take out into the wider world.
We believe that all students are entitled to the best support that we can offer. The Maths Office is always open for students to receive the help, support or advice that they need whether this be during lesson time, break, lunch time or after school.
The department consists of a team of 22 fully qualified Maths Teachers and 2 specialist Maths Teaching Assistants. We have an incredible amount of experience in our team. As well as teaching the regular Maths curriculum we have staff with specific specialities including Statistics, Further Maths, SEN, Autism, STEM and much more.
Most importantly of all we believe that students should enjoy their Maths lessons and we will do everything that we can to make this possible. We look forward to working with all of the students at Wales and promise to do everything we can to help them achieve their potential.
Here at Wales our students follow a five year curriculum from Year 7 to Year 11. It consists of six key areas:
Algebra, Number, Ratio and Proportion, Shape and Space, Statistics, Probability
There are 19 modules spread across the six key areas and these modules consist of varying numbers of steps depending on the amount of content within each module.
Students start the modules in Year 7 and follow them through to Year 11.
Throughout the school year we regularly revisit the modules so that students can consolidate prior learning and progress onto further skills within each area.
Students will progress through the modules at varying speeds depending on their ability, understanding and attitude. In Year 11 we will make a decision on the tier of entry, Foundation or Higher, for each student. Higher students will need to cover all steps and Foundation students will need to have completed a set amount of steps within each module dependent on the content.
The progress of each student is recorded on go4schools at the conclusion of each step. Staff, students and parents can track this progress on go4schools at any time over the course of the five years.
Our Curriculum is designed to improve skills and technique on a continuous basis. The students will have the opportunity to revisit modules and topics repeatedly over the course of the five years, each time retrieving and embedding prior learning and progressing onto the next steps.
To understand the content of the modules and steps the following link will take you to them. Download Module Overviews
Course Introduction Video
Subject Contacts for Support
In the first instance please contact your child’s class teacher using their school email address. The class teacher is in the best position to answer general questions as they will know your child better than anyone.
For more specific questions please contact the following staff by email:
Mr T.Oldale (Head Of Department)
Mr D.Aloba (2nd In Department)
Mr C.Bonnen-Brailsford (Head Of KS5 Mathematics)
Mr P.Norris (Head Of GCSE Statistics And GCSE Further Maths)
Miss V.Jevons (TLR Holder responsible for Dr Frost)
We will endeavour to reply to any correspondence as soon as possible. If you would like to contact us by telephone please contact school on 01909 771291. They will inform us of your call and we will answer if available or arrange to phone you back.