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Department Name:



Mr A. Dommett

Department description:

The Mathematics Department of The Marsh Academy helps foster an enjoyment of the different elements of mathematics and equip students with lifelong learning skills in order to prepare them for life beyond education. Learning in Mathematics is achieved through the use of state of the art ICT technology and learning spaces. Students are taught using a wide range of innovative strategies to help them understand and master the concepts involved in the subject.


Mathematics in Key Stage 3, is taught so that students become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practise with increasingly complex problems over time, so that students develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.  Through a wide range of activities and teaching methods students learn to reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations; and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.  Time is spent enable students to feel confident with mathematical concepts so that they can solve problems by applying their mathematical understanding to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions. Students build a bedrock of knowledge to prepare them for studying at GSCE level in Key Stage 4.

In Key Stage 3 students study:

- Number

- Algebra

- Ratio

- Proportion & rates of change

- Geometry & measures

- Statistics


At Key Stage 4, Mathematics is taught to encourage students to develop confidence in, and a positive attitude towards, mathematics and to recognise the importance of mathematics in their own lives and in society. We are proud of the fact that we prepare students to make informed decisions about the use of technology, the management of money, further learning opportunities and career choices. Students begin to study GCSE Statistics in Year 10 and sit an examination at the end of Year 10.  The statistics qualification provides students with a critical appreciation of statistics and its place in everyday life. It encourages students to develop enquiring minds and become effective and independent learners. With a focus on handling data and probability, students acquire skills in and understanding of statistical concepts and methods.

GCSE Mathematics is based on good practice in statistics as it emphasises the theoretical, practical and applied nature of mathematics. Through the teaching of Mathematics we actively try to engage students in an accessible and relevant discipline which helps students acquire knowledge and understanding of statistical techniques and concepts while encouraging statistical problem solving. Through the design of the curriculum, students develop a greater and deeper understanding of the following mathematical concepts: Number, Algebra, Geometry, Measures, Statistics and Probability


For further information, please see the Post-16 Prospectus.