Mathematics at RMGS is taught by well qualified, mathematically trained teachers who are sympathetic to the varying demands of their students. In Years 7 and 8, students are taught in form groups whilst Years 9 to 11 are taught in sets, whose sizes allow those students of lesser ability to be taught in smaller groups.
The maths department use interactive whiteboards which are in each classroom and the school computer network has several pieces of specialist mathematics software so that students in Years 7 to 11 will have many opportunities to use these.
All pupils start GCSE work in year 9. From September 2015 the express sets take Mathematics GCSE and the Level 2 Certificate in Further Mathematics in the June of Year 11. All other groups take the Mathematics GCSE in the June of Year 11.
In Year 12, groups are taught AS Mathematics. This consists of two core maths units and either a mechanics or a statistics unit. In Year 13, groups are taught A2 Mathematics, which consists of two more core maths units and a mechanics or statistics unit.
For the more able mathematicians Further Mathematics is available, as is teaching for STEP for those wishing to read Mathematics at Cambridge or the Advanced Extension Award. Additional information about teaching arrangements can be found elsewhere on this site.
The department is well equipped with a wide variety of support and enrichment material. Up to date graphical calculators are available for class use but we do expect students to have their own scientific calculator and drawing equipment.
Students are encouraged to see the mathematics as well as realising the importance of the skills developed in a mathematics course. They are made aware of the opportunities available through its study. To this end we run a Puzzle Club each week for Lower School students and each lunchtime we hold clinics and surgeries for students who are having problems.
Each year, years 7 and 8 take part in the Junior Mathematics Challenge where they are faced with unusual mathematical questions, whilst some year 9 10 and 11 students take the Intermediate Mathematics Challenge.Year 12 and year 13 also have an opportunity to take part in the Senior Mathematics Challenge. They are all set by the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust. There is also a Junior Maths Team for year 8 and 9 and a Senior Maths Team for year 12 and 13. The Senior Maths Team have been Regional Champions for the last 3 years and were third in the UK in 2014.
The mathematics department has been taking year 12 and year 13 students to the ‘Maths Inspiration’ shows since 2006. Last year 30 students went to see one show in London.
Each lunchtime, there is a maths teacher available to give extra help to all pupils. The maths department also has a numeracy intervention scheme. A selected group of lower school pupils will receive extra support from one of the year 12 senior students, supervised by a maths teacher, for twenty minutes once a week, outside of their usual lessons.
To find out information about the all the sixth form courses offered please see the sixth form pages.
MATHS INSPIRATION LECTURES
'Maths Inspiration' is a chance for Year 12 students to experience the UK's most inspiring maths speakers live, presenting mathematics in the context of real-world and fun situations.
Last year 30 students from the school went to see one event in London. The organizers prefer to call the events 'shows' rather than 'lectures', because they are lively, professionally run and entertaining.
The format is almost always three speakers giving interactive talks on a diverse range of topics. Typically there will be one pure mathematician, one statistician and one engineer in the line-up. There is always a lively Q&A session at the end of each show.
Simon Singh one of the country’s leading writers and broadcasters in the field of maths and science has been a regular speaker at Maths Inspiration. He directed the BAFTA winning documentary ‘Fermat’s Last Theorem’ for the BBC. His best-selling books include ‘Fermat’s Last Theorem’, ‘The Code Book and Big Bang’, and he has presented several TV and radio series, including ‘The Science of Secrecy’ and ‘Mind Games’.
Another regular speaker is Rob Eastaway. He is an independent lecturer and author whose books on everyday maths include ‘Why do buses come in threes?’ and ‘How to take a Penalty’ and he is often to be heard on radio talking about the maths of everyday life. He was the mathematician behind the ICC player rankings for cricket and has also written books on memory, creativity and cricket.
'Puzzle Club’ was originally organized for year 7, 8 and 9, but due to its popularity with older students is now open to years 7 to 11.
We have a selection of puzzles and puzzle type games. Not all puzzles require maths but most puzzles require thinking logically and use similar thinking skills to those used in maths lesson.
The club is organized by the maths department with the help of year 12 senior students, every Thursday lunchtime. Last year the club entered a year 9 team in the national cipher challenge.
The Mathematics Department also run a Chess Club on Thursday lunchtime.