The Mathematics department at Altrincham Grammar School for Girls has a reputation for providing students with excellent access to the mathematics curriculum at every Key Stage.
There are nine full time members of the Maths department, all are subject maths specialists who also have specific areas of specialisms in the post GCSE curriculum at KS5. They not only enjoy considerable success with their teaching groups but also enjoy extending the curriculum by investigating mathematics in a variety of contexts.
As well as offering core curriculum courses at Key Stages 3 and 4, the department also offers a variety of options for students at Key Stage 5.
There is considerable extra curriculum work with other subject areas and the department has developed links and partnerships with several Universities, mathematical institutions and practising mathematicians.
Â Extra Curricular Activities
Various clubs run at different times of the year for all year groups, particularly to support preparation for the UKMT Team Challenges.
- Puzzle of the month appears regularly in the bulletin.
- Extra support groups are offered to all year groups at different times of the year.
- Entry to the individual UKMT Challenge is offered to all year groups.
Key Stage 3 – Year 7-9
In Year 7 and 8 pupils are taught Mathematics in form groups and cover a range of topics across the four attainment areas, (Number, Algebra, Shape & Space and Handling Data). Pupils will build on skills previously learnt in Y6 and develop their understanding further into more complex areas. All groups cover the same core topics across the four attainment areas in order to ensure they are fully prepared when they begin studying the GCSE course at the start of Year 9. Throughout the 2 years there is a particular emphasis on pupils using and applying their mathematical skills in real-life situations. This allows them to see the relevance of mathematics to everyday life.
Key Stage 4 – GCSE
GCSE mathematics information will come soon
Key Stage 5 – A2 Level
Mathematics in the 6th form
Mathematics is an increasingly popular subject at AS and A-Level and numbers have risen steadily in recent years. We have also had an increase in the number of students who are taking Further Mathematics.
We follow the OCR course which consists of 3 modules taken at the end of Year 12 to attain AS level and a further 3 modules taken in Year 13 to attain the full A-Level.
The modules in Year 12 are Core 1 and Core 2 and an applied module which may be based on Statistics or Mechanics Mathematics.
The modules in Year 13 are Core 3 and Core 4 and an applied module which may be based on Statistics, Mechanics or Decision Mathematics.
Core modules consist of topics such as Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry and Calculus.
Statistics covers topics such as representation of data, probability, binomial and geometric distributions and Spearmanâ€™s rank correlation coefficient.
Mechanics covers topics such as Newtonâ€™s laws of motion, motion in a straight line and momentum.
The modules taken in year 13 build upon the concepts covered in year 12.
A-Level Further Mathematics
Further Mathematics is offered as a full A Level starting in Y12. This is a full A-level subject which requires a total of 6 modules to be taken over two years. It runs alongside the normal A-level course. Three of the modules taken will normally be Further Pure 1, 2 and 3. These extend the concepts covered in the A-level core modules. The other three modules will be applied modules.
There is an added possibility of taking the AS Level in Further Mathematics in Y13.
For a degrees in maths, statistics, physics, engineering or actuarial science etc. it is almost certainly necessary to have a good maths A level and possibly a further maths A level. However, there are many degrees which do not specify any particular subjects and, for many of these, maths will be an excellent choice.
There is always a demand for employees who can think logically and process information accurately – skills which an A level in maths teaches.