The Maths Department currently consists of five maths specialists and has its own suite of four classrooms, 1 science/maths classroom and a dedicated computer room (shared with the Science Dept). Education through stimulation is seen by the teachers at Trinity as the most effective form of learning and we strive to make maths enjoyable and informative. Many students consistently achieve at a high level across all Key Stages.
As staff we are highly enthusiastic about our subject and this is reflected in our approach to teaching and learning. The work is both challenging and rewarding and we employ a range of strategies to engage and inspire student progress. Textbooks, as well as a variety of other resources including computers, are used effectively in all lessons.
We encourage students to use ICT to support their studies and we encourage independent learning. MathsWatch is an online tool that enables students to do this and this piece of software is often used in computer room activities (and sometimes for homework tasks). All pupils have regular opportunities to use ICT to support and extend their learning. Four of our classrooms have an interactive whiteboards and the effective use of scientific (and graphical) calculators further enhance students’ understanding. The department annually enters pupils for the UK Maths Challenge (Junior, Intermediate & Senior sections).
In addition to standard school equipment all students need
- Pair of compasses
- Scientific Calculator (Casio is recommended)
Although any scientific calculator will be suitable for the Higher Tier GCSE, we recommend the Casio FX85 range or the new Casio fx-991EX Classwiz (which is suitable for both GCSE and A level)