Welcome to the Faculty of Mathematics and Computing
|N Barnes||Director of Mathematics and Computing Faculty|
|Computing / computer science / mathematics teacher|
|K Morris||Second in Faculty|
|KS4 Mathematics and Numeracy Coordinator|
|P Scrivens||KS5 Mathematics Coordinator|
|J Donaghy||KS3 Mathematics Coordinator|
|S Burke||Gifted and Talented Mathematics Coordinator|
|M Fray||Mathematics teacher|
|A Glen||Assistant KS5 Mathematics Coordinator|
|J Livermore||Mathematics Mastery Specialist|
|J McKie||Mathematics teacher|
|N Ramjahn||Mathematics teacher|
|N Shaheen||Teacher in charge of Year 8 Mathematics|
|A Sultana||Mathematics teacher|
|R Vayro||Assistant KS4 Mathematics Coordinator|
|K Ferrari||Assistant to S Burke|
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
Key Stage 3
At Trinity, we want students to develop an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject. A firm grasp of the key concepts and processes in mathematics is essential to equip our young people to flourish in day-to-day living by providing them with the skills and confidence to carry-out everyday tasks with greater ease, from handling bills to deciding the most efficient way of carrying out a series of tasks. Students who are comfortable and confident with mathematics are able to develop critical thinking skills enabling them to effectively problem-solve and solution find. Young people who are able to leave school with these skills are better equipped to be numerate in multiple settings across society and are able to excel in a variety of fields.
The main topics covered in Year 7 are: algebraic thinking, place value and proportion, application of number, directed numbers, fractional thinking, lines and angles and reasoning with number.
The main topics covered in Year 8 are: proportional reasoning, representations, algebraic techniques, developing number, developing geometry, reasoning with data and mathematics in medicine.
The main topics covered in Year 9 are: reasoning with algebra, constructing in two and three dimensions, reasoning with number, reasoning with geometry, reasoning with proportion, representations and mathematics in medicine.
Key Stage 4
At Key Stage 4, students will study for the Edexcel GCSE Mathematics qualification; high-attaining students will also take GCSE Statistics.
The fundamental aims of the mathematics programme at Key Stage 4 are for students to:
- develop fluent knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts
- acquire, select and apply mathematical techniques to solve problems
- reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences, and draw conclusions
- comprehend, interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context.
Students will be entered for either the higher or foundation tier for GCSE Mathematics. The higher tier is focussed more on algebra and problem solving than the foundation tier.
At the end of the course students take three 90-minute exam papers (two calculator papers, one non-calculator paper) each worth one third of the final assessment. The final assessment for GCSE Statistics consists of two 90-minute exam papers worth 50% each.
Key Stage 5
Students have the opportunity to take the Edexcel A Level Mathematics, Edexcel A Level Further Mathematics and OCR Level 3 Core Mathematics qualifications. In addition, students can resit GCSE Mathematics.
Students will study pure maths, statistics and mechanics as part of A Level Mathematics.
The pure maths topics studied are: proof, algebra and functions, coordinate geometry in the (x, y) plane, sequences and series, trigonometry, exponentials and logarithms, differentiation, integration, numerical methods and vectors.
The statistics topics studied are: sampling, data presentation and interpretation, probability, distributions and hypothesis testing. For mechanics the topics are: quantities and units, kinematics, moments, forces and Newton’s laws.
A Level Further Mathematics means students can explore the subject in more depth and will be introduced to topics like complex numbers, polar coordinates, matrices, hyperbolic functions and decision mathematics. To take A Level Further Mathematics students must have also chosen to study A Level Mathematics.
Level 3 Core Mathematics is equivalent to an AS Level (half an A Level) and is aimed at students who want to develop their mathematical skills, knowledge and understanding to support their work in other subjects.