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Mathematics

Mathematics

Do not worry about your difficulties in Mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater.
Albert Einstein US (German-born) physicist (1879 - 1955)

Unique Aspects of Learning Mathematics at FHS

  • We recognise the need for your daughter to learn Mathematics with a thorough and secure understanding.
  • Our teachers have subject knowledge above that necessary for the level of teaching.
  • We have high expectations of what your daughter will achieve.
  • We have an integrated approach, stressing connections and relationships among topics and concepts.
  • The ethos in the classroom is friendly, collaborative and supportive
  • Our teachers make the lessons fun using humour whenever possible
  • The teacher is aware of what your daughter will be doing throughout the lesson.
  • Praise is given when deserved and, when not, encouragement to do better.
  • Your daughter will be left looking forward to her next Mathematics lesson!

Staff

StaffRole
Mrs C ThornhillHead of department
Miss N Murugan Second in charge with responsibilities at KS3/
Miss BlazewiczTeacher of Mathematics
Miss A ConwayTeacher of Mathematics and Head of Economics
Mrs K HealyTeacher of Mathematics
Miss R Le Roux Teacher of Mathematics 
Ms J TuckerTeacher of Mathematics and PE
Miss J ZuggAcademic Deputy Head/ Teacher of Mathematics

Suggested Reading List

Curriculum

Mathematics is a successful subject at FHS. It is a very popular A level subject in the Sixth Form and results are excellent. We are currently running three AS level groups including Further Mathematics.

Mathematics is a compulsory subject in the up to UV (year 11) and all girls are to be entered for the IGCSE 4MA1 Mathematics examination. The IGCSE will be graded from 9-1 from June 2018. To extend the top mathematics students we may enter them for the Additional Mathematics exam as well, which introduces many A level topics.

Girls are taught in four mixed ability classes in III (year 7). From LIV (year 8) until UV (year 11) they are set, with four classes per year group.

Girls who need more support are taught in smaller classes.

KS3

In III/LIV (years 7 and 8), we use Essential Mathematics 7H and 8H textbooks which have been written for pupils who are working towards National Curriculum Level 6 and 7, though level 5 work is first consolidated and developed further.

KS4

In UIV/LV/UV (years 9, 10 and 11) we follow the IGCSE Higher tier specification A for the Edexcel examination board.

In the first four years girls will be assessed three times per year to determine whether they are working in a set that best suits their learning style.

UV girls sit an examination paper as a ‘mock' examination in January in preparation for their public examination in the summer.

KS5

The UVI students of Mathematics GCE continue to follow the 2008 Edexcel A level modular system, sitting Core 3, Core 4 and Statistics 2 in June 2018. The Further Mathematics students also study Further Pure 2, Further Pure 3 and Mechanics 3.

The LVI students follow the new 2017 linear Edexcel A level syllabus. Students studying for the single mathematics qualification study both mechanics and statistics alongside pure Mathematics for eight periods a week. The Further Mathematics students also study mechanics, statistics and pure Mathematics but for sixteen periods a week and will take exams for two qualifications in 2018.

Resources

The Department has three dedicated Mathematics classrooms which are all equipped with Interactive Whiteboards so that your daughter will benefit from a variety of teaching methods. We use a wide range of interactive resources including Boardworks Powerpoint Presentation, a subscription with MyMaths.co.uk and DVDs of recent lectures at the Royal Institute by noted Mathematicians. Mathematics programmes such as Autograph and Geometer's sketchpad are available for use on the intranet.

Textbooks are provided at every level and we produce a Mathematics Reading list, with books available at the library, so your daughter can look at the subject from a wider perspective.

We timetable investigations that deliberately target a modern world, querying how ISBN numbers or the system of Braille might work. Girls' work is on display in the Mathematics classrooms.  

Beyond the Classroom

The Maths Society goes to the Science Museum to see 'X & Y'

In their new show, Marcus du Sautoy, X, and Victoria Gould, Y, are trapped in a universe they don’t understand and confronted for the first time with another human being. They tackle some of the biggest philosophical and scientific questions on the books: where did the universe come from, does time have an end, is there something on the other side?

It was quite a high level show and there was an impressive degree of understanding from our girls in the Maths Society.

The Enigma Machine

Mr James Grime prepared a visual extravaganza about cryptography, the Enigma Machine, and also about what he, and other mathematicians, did for a living.
We found out that mathematicians do not sit there doing long division and complex algebra equations, but they "think" of new ways of doing things and solving problems that other people can't.....and how their world is so much more fascinating than any of us could ever have initially imagined. It was an inspiring lecture.

The Maths Society presents ‘Think Maths’

The Maths Society recently hosted a presentation about Shape and Smoke Rings. Dr Florencia Tettamenti, who has a degree and a PhD in Mathematics from Imperial College where she is currently a researcher, came and told us about her specialist field of Topography. With a gradually ageing audience, first Thirds, then Lower Fourth and finally Upper Fourth and Lower Fifth, she deftly got us all to categorise shape in a new and different way by counting holes and sides. This meant that a doughnut was really the same as a mug and the number eight was just like a waistcoat, the stuff of science fiction and Futurama. The highpoint of every talk was when she ‘showed us’ 3D airflow using smoke rings that we all now know is accurately described as a Torus. Staff and pupils all gasped in delight as she generated these ethereal shapes by mathematically re-creating the aperture of a volcano using her mother’s laundry basket and some sugar smoke.  It was a different side of Mathematics for all of us to experience.

Hans Woyda Mathematics Plate Competition

The FHS team lost narrowly to the Haberdasher's Aske's Girls' School team 33-36.

Well done girls for getting this far in the competition

Maths in Action

The Lower Sixth Mathematics groups ventured out on a day of fun to experience “Mathematics in Action” accompanied by Mrs Martin and Miss Shah at ULU. Our day out officially began when we stepped onto the hustling and bustling tube, and, arriving at our destination, we sat down and waited in anticipation for the first speaker to commence. Although most of us were wary as to how the day would unfold, it can certainly be stated that we came away very entertained, stimulated and inspired Chinese TV visit Maths Student London Mathematics Society Popular Lecture

Thirds (Y7) – Mathematical Trail in Regent's Park

Every year the Thirds go to our wonderful ‘local' resource and look at the Mathematics all around us; there are prizes for the best trail discoveries! Our proximity to the Royal Institute means we regularly nominate girls to attend the Saturday Master classes, this year all three girls secured the much coveted places. We also encourage girls to attend evening events such as the ‘Audience with Carol Vorderman' We are very fortunate that we are invited by the bankMorgan Stanley to send up to four girls who study A level Further Mathematics and Economics to attend their special ‘Financial Day' where they get to grips with some very real problems. The Mathematics Department also run The Puzzle Club and a Mathematics Clinic to provide additional support twice a week.

Competitions

All girls studying mathematics sit the UK Mathematics Challenge each year:

  • Junior Mathematical Challenge (UK year 8 and below)
  • Intermediate Mathematical Challenge (UK year 11 and below)
  • Senior Mathematical Challenge (UK year 13 and below)
  • The top scoring 40% of the entrants receive bronze, silver or gold certificates based on their mark in the paper.
    • The Gold award is achieved by the top 6-7% of the entrants.
    • The Silver award is achieved by 13-14% of the entrants.
    • The Bronze award is achieved by 20% of the entrants. 

Each year we enter a team in the Hans Woyda competition. This involves two sixth form students, a year 11 and a year 9 student competing head to head with teams from some of the other 64 top schools in Greater London and the Home Counties. Additionally, girls who attend the weekly maths club will have the chance this year to be chosen to represent the school in either the Junior Maths Team Challenge (for year 8 and year 9 students), the Maths Feast (year 10 students) and the Senior Maths Team Challenge (sixth form). 

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