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Mathematics Department

“Mathematics expresses values that reflect the cosmos, including orderliness, balance, harmony, logic, and abstract beauty.” - Deepak Chopra

 The Mathematics Department at Walthamstow Academy is dedicated to inspiring each and every student to achieve their academic potential. It also seeks to help young people develop life skills, through reasoning and also helping them to become fluent in the universal language of numbers. Alongside curricular teaching, the department encourages students to learn how to find numbers and aspects of mathematics in every subject and all aspects of their lives.

Key Stage 3

In KS3 Maths, the department addresses curricular requirements for Years 7, 8 and 9 - including the four core elements of Arithmetic education: Algebra, Numbers, Handling Data, and Shape and Space.

Our year 7 and 8 pupils are on the new KPI (Key Performance indicator) curriculum, where we teach fewer concepts but in greater depth, allowing pupils to have stronger foundations. The KPI’s allow us to pinpoint pupil’s strengths and weaknesses and share this information through reporting, to allow for a partnership between pupils, teachers and parents.

We use differentiated MyMaths textbooks for year 7 as problem solving features heavily. For year 8 we use the latest Maths Frameworking text book from Collins (in line with the National Curriculum).

Our year 9 pupils are on a 3 year GCSE course, to allow pupils enough time to get comfortable with the more demanding nature of the new GCSE.

Below is a selection of covers of the books used in class.

Key Stage 4

In Key Stage 4, students are taught GCSE Maths and GCSE Further Maths. Students who exceed their targets in Year 10 will be asked to take GCSE Further Maths, which is a bridge between GCSE and A Level Maths.

The exam board for both GCSE Maths and Statistics courses is Edexcel. Both exams are rated at two Tiers: Higher and Foundation. The results in Year 9 will determine which Tier students will study at. The Further Maths exam board is AQA, and this course is taught in Year 11.

The main books used for GCSE Maths are published by Collins. Covers of the books used are shown below.

Key Stage 5

At Key Stage 5 the Department offers two A Levels – Maths, and Further Maths. In A Level Maths, students study the core modules C1, C2, C3, and C4, and the two applied modules, S1 and S1. All modules are based on Edexcel exam board requirements.

In Further Maths, students study FP1, FP2, S2, M2, D1, and D2. These modules are also aligned to Edexcel exam board requirements.

Covers of Maths books used at this level are shown below.

The Mathematics Team

The Maths Department at Walthamstow Academy comprises a dynamic group of Maths specialists who are committed to helping students develop subject knowledge and achieve their full potential.

  • Ms Pooja Malhotra - Head of Mathematics
  • Mr Sheraz Hussain - Lead Practitioner and 2I/C
  • Ms Nadia Dellagana – Assistant Principal
  • Mr Mohamed Aubdool – 2 I/C KS5
  • Ms Sharifa Earle
  • Ms Georgina St Louis
  • Ms Sylwia Urbaniak – 2I/C KS3
  • Ms Tamara Watson
  • Ms Munaza Arif
  • Ms Momina Raza
  • Mr Ishtiaq Raza-Hussein
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