Head of Department: Mr NR Ashfield
|Mr N R Ashfield (Head of Department)|
|Mr M P Cousins|
|Mr R D Hall|
|Mr C G Oswald (VP)|
|Mr B H Robinson (Head of Boarding)|
|Ms V Spottiswoode (Part time)|
|Mrs K McGarvey (Part time)|
Mr D Ledwich (Temporary)
Miss J Copeland (Temporary)
Mathematics is all around us. It exists in the proportions of artistic works, in the scores of our favourite songs and in the physical structures we live and work in daily. It is also the bedrock of many other subjects including the Sciences, Economics and Engineering and is extremely relevant to subjects like Psychology and Design. The study of mathematics can develop a host of skills that are essential to students continuing in their studies as well as those currently in or entering the workplace. These include problem-solving, logic and reasoning, and attention to detail. Mathematics can also lead to careers in finance, business, IT and teaching, among others.
The Mathematics Department aims to stimulate students’ curiosity, interest and enjoyment in Mathematics while developing vital skills in applying one to the other. We aim to develop students’ familiarity with appropriate mathematical concepts, principles, methods and vocabulary whilst developing their understanding of Mathematics in its widest context and to see how it relates to themselves outside school.
It is essential within the department that a “can do” culture is adopted. We believe firmly that mathematics is for all and, therefore, supporting pupils with the inevitable difficulties all mathematicians face at times is a priority. Creating a positive learning environment and nurturing self-confidence are vital aspects of teaching within the department.
"The essence of mathematics is not to make simple things complicated, but to make complicated things simple. " S. Gudder
At Campbell all pupils are challenged to always do their best. They are tracked according to their ability and stretched to ensure that they reach their potential. Pupils are supported by the Department resources on the school VLE (Firefly) including video support for most topics and a dedicated You Tube channel. Furthermore. every teacher runs a Support class where pupils can get some extra help or explore Mathematics projects further.
In Years 8 to 10 all students follow the revised curriculum for Mathematics and Numeracy. We believe that building a strong foundation is fundamental to further success. Pupils will develop their knowledge, skills and application of Mathematics with the aim of ensuring that they reach their full potential at GCSE and beyond. Each pupils work will be assessed regularly to monitor their progress and take any necessary steps to ensure that they reach their potential. Assessment takes the form of completion of classwork, formal home works, termly tests for progress cards and end of year Exams.
At Campbell pupils follow the CCEA GCSE course specifications. It is the aim for all pupils to sit the Higher specification with the hope to achieve at least a grade B. Pupils will be entered at the most appropriate tier to ensure that they are able to reach their potential. That said, there are many different routes and combinations available within this, and it can seem a bit complicated, but it does allow for a number of ways to ensure that each pupil maximises their grade. We will fully explore these options and communicate with parents along the way.
All pupils in year 11 will sit at least 1 external unit in the summer term and complete in year 12.
Mathematics is inherently a sequential subject, and hence, there is a progression of material through all levels at which the subject is studied. The content builds upon the knowledge, skills and understanding established at GCSE. At Campbell we follow CEA specifications. The full Advanced GCE award is based on students’ marks from the AS (40 percent) and the A2 (60 percent).
Students who are especially keen on Mathematics really enjoy the full A Level in Further Mathematics. It is a challenging qualification, which both extends and deepens students’ knowledge and understanding beyond the standard A Level Mathematics, but students who do it often find it is their favourite subject. Further Mathematics qualifications are prestigious and are strongly welcomed by universities. Students that do Further Mathematics are really demonstrating a strong commitment to their studies, as well as learning mathematics that is very useful for any maths-related degree.
Year 13 mathematicians enjoy participating in Campbell’s Vertical Mentoring Programme. This takes place in either Senior school and our Junior School. Currently, our year 13 engage with pupils from Prep 5-7 on a weekly basis, looking at a variety of stimulating and challenging problem-solving activities. The KS2 boys love getting to know their Maths Mentors and eagerly await each session. In turn, the Year 13 boys have expressed their enjoyment in inspiring them to think creatively, persevere with challenging tasks and take greater risks with their learning.