The mathematics department at Chatham Grammar School for Girls offers students the opportunity to attain GCSEs in Statistics and Mathematics. Results in both subjects have been excellent in recent years with a large proportion of students achieving A* and A grades. In the sixth form we offer A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics where again many students have achieved the highest grades.
The department has four dedicated classrooms, each equipped with an interactive whiteboard which enable the use of ICT to enhance teaching and learning. Students have access to mymaths and interactive text books which can used for homework tasks.
Mathematics staff are available to help students at lunchtimes and we have a mentoring system which pairs sixth form mathematics students with younger students who require more help. Students take part in Mathematical Challenge activities and the department participates in regional Mathematical Challenge team competitions.
Key Stage 3 - Years 7 + 8
In years 7 and 8 students follow the Collins New Maths Framework Book 3 text books. This course builds on the mathematics learnt at primary school and gives a firm grounding in basic mathematical skills (number, geometry, algebra and data handling) as well as functional maths tasks that enable students to apply their knowledge to practical situations. Students are taught in form groups in year 7 and half year groups in year 8.
Key Stage 4 – Years 9 - 11
In years 9 to 11 students are taught in sets.
Years 9, 10 and 11
In Year 9 students begin to study GCSE Mathematics. Full details of the course and copy of the specification are available here. The course is Edexcel GCSE Mathematics (9-1) which is a linear course. Students will sit three examinations at the end of Year 11 each of which will last 90 minutes. One paper will be non-calculator and the other two are calculator allowed. All students will be entered for higher tier for which grades 4 to 9 are available. Grade 4 corresponds to a grade C on the old scale and grade 7 corresponds to an A.
Please note that students entered for GCSE in 2015/16 will do the old specification (full details here). Again, all students are entered for higher tier and grades A* - D are available.
In Year 10 students have the option to study GCSE Statistics. The course followed is EDEXCEL (specification here). The course builds on the data handling topics studied in years 7, 8 and 9 before introducing new work on topics such as venn diagrams, the binomial distribution and the normal distribution. Students sit the examination in the June of year 11 and they also have to complete an assessed task which contributes to their final grade.