The mission of the Llantwit Major School Mathematics Department is to provide an educational experience in mathematics that helps students prepare for successful roles in an ever changing society. This is accomplished through our commitment to excellent teaching, a well-designed curriculum, and a supportive environment for all our students.
In support of our mission, we are committed to ensuring all students have a solid grounding in essential mathematics skills, with understanding developed and enhanced through challenge. We believe that mathematics is a tool to support students outside of the mathematics classroom, so purpose is demonstrated by making real world and cross-curricular connections.
We employ an assortment of assessment techniques, provide a variety of teaching styles, and maintain intervention plans for students that need extra help.
Students are challenged to develop skills in analysis, reasoning, creativity, collaborative learning, and self-expression as they gain knowledge of mathematics. We maintain high academic and behavioural expectations, make every classroom minute count and encourage all students to realise their full potential. Our curriculum is designed to allow all students the opportunity to access the highest grades and firmly believe no student should ‘settle for a C’ or even ‘settle for an A’.
At KS3 the aim is to make the study of Mathematics enjoyable and relevant for all pupils. When pupils enter the school in Year 7, they are streamed according to thier ability throughout all of thier subjects.
The schemes of work are led by the National Curriculum. Pupils are taught to develop means of organising, communicating and manipulating information over a broad range of topics. The emphasis is on problem-solving, investigations and practical activities. Pupils are encouraged to use their own initiative and imagination when tackling a variety of tasks.
We offer a range of exciting, engaging and multi-faceted activities. This will contribute to improving student’s thinking skills with an emphasis on collaborative learning.
At KS4 the maths department follow the WJEC Linear GCSE Mathematics Course at both Higher and Foundation tier with an examination first sat in the November of year 11. Following this all pupils have the opportunity to improve their grade and for those pupils working at the Higher Tier also have the opportunity of sitting the Additional Maths Qualification. There is no coursework in maths and the result is based 100% on examination but with a higher proportion of problem solving questions. The department ensures that each pupil is given every opportunity to reach their full potential and achieve the highest grade possible at the end of year 11. Our departmental motto is "Don't settle for a C!" or "Don't settle for an A!".
At KS5 we are proud to offer both A level Mathematics and A level Further Mathematics.