The Mathematics curriculum is
based on the English National Curriculum. This includes
focused work on number, algebra, shape and space and data handling and places particular
emphasis on the child's ability to use and apply mathematics. Programmes of study
in Mathematics at Patana are not dependent on any one published scheme of work
but make relevant use of the latest texts from the UK and Australia. This is different
from some school syllabuses where each Year 'grade' is allocated a
and work is taken only from it.
Campus Mission Statement
To help our students reach their
mathematical potential by providing
an environment this nurtures
confidence and an interest in the
We aim for the following outcomes:
- Our students are exposed to
a range of teaching and learning
styles which take in to account
their individual learning
- Our students are provided
with appropriate resources to
enable them to make best
possible progress in this
- At each stage students are
exposed to the four main areas
of school Mathematics; number,
algebra, shape and space and
In the Primary School the English National Numeracy Strategy provides a very clear focus for our teaching of
through the daily Mathematics lesson. An essential element in all lessons is the
formal teaching of mental strategies and the ability to use them when solving
problems. Multiplication tables and number bonds are actively taught.
In the Foundation Stage children learn about patterns in numbers and how to identify odd
and even numbers. They explore halves and quarters and find out about the names
and properties of two- and three-dimensional shapes. They will start to learn
how to tell the time.
Activities throughout the Primary
School are designed to sustain curiosity, promote enjoyment and develop confidence.
Children learn to predict, compare, reason and explain through activities which
invite alternative problem-solving strategies and solutions. They learn to understand
the value of mental calculations, especially involving numbers, and to enjoy the
challenge of using and developing alternative methods of arriving at a solution.
Across the Primary School children are
expected to enhance their understanding by selecting and using appropriate
materials and developing a variety of systematic
recording methods. Technology is an integral part of the children's mathematical
experience and includes computer data-handling packages and the use of calculators.
In the Secondary School the
Mathematics department enters students for a number of external examinations and
our teaching is aimed at preparing students for these. We do our best to ensure
that students are interested and engaged in the material they are presented with
and that they have opportunities for both acceleration and enrichment.
At the end of Year 11 students take either the IGCSE Extended option which has
access to a full range of grades up to A* or the IGCSE Core option where the top
grade available is a C. For more able students the opportunity exists to take
the IGCSE Extended papers at the end of Year 10 and then follow this with an
International A/S Level in Pure Mathematics at the end of Year 11.
The IGCSE is similar in nature to GCSE. The main difference is that the IGCSE
has a greater focus on number and algebra, and as such, forms a better grounding
for our senior studies courses.
The IB programme also has a number options open to prospective students. Able
mathematicians should consider the Higher Level Mathematics course, capable
students should opt for Standard Level Mathematics and others Mathematical
Studies. At present we do not offer Further Mathematics but we hope that this
may be an option in the near future.
The department uses setting throughout all year groups which allows students to
make the best possible progress.
We have recently undertaken a major audit of the main texts used and some
changes have been made. In particular in the senior studies programme where we
use texts which have only become available very recently. We also have built up
a large store of additional resources over the last few years which includes an
extensive bank of worksheets, internet resources and a comprehensive bank of
Students are shown how to make the best possible use of calculators. In Years 7
to 11 scientific calculators are used and a graphical calculator is a
requirement for the IB programme, whatever option is studied. Where possible
students are shown both calculator and non-calculator approaches to problems
even though there will be no non-calculator paper in any of the external
The department also employs a range of ICT to facilitate the learning process.
Each of the mathematics teaching rooms are equipped with a computer and
projector and two of the rooms have interactive whiteboards. The teaching area
also contains a computer lab. Many of the students opt to use Microsoft Word and
Excel to produce coursework in years 12 and 13, and mathematics staff support
the students in this respect.
The top two sets in each Year group are prepared for the UK based Junior,
Intermediate and Senior Mathematics Challenge papers. Even though the
competitions have only been running for a short period of time our results have
been impressive with many students achieving Gold, Silver and Bronze
certificates. Some of our very best students have also made it through to the
subsequent Olympiad rounds achieving certificates of distinction and even
medals. These competitions ensure that even the most gifted are stretched.