Mr J Davies – Head of Department
Mr A Chokshi – Head of Key Stage 5
Ms B Lyall –Head of Key Stage 4
Ms S Rabin – Head of Key Stage 3
Ms A Alharthy
Ms A Bains
Mr A Falzon
Ms F Rahman
Ms F Patel
Ms H Konstantine
Ms Helen Ramsden
Mr H Sapal
Ms K Khalil
Mr M Rashid
Mr R Sufi
Mr R Tahir
Ms S Malik
Mr K Fadojutimi
We believe that all students can succeed in Mathematics with excellent teaching from talented and experienced staff. It is our intention to nurture students to become fluent in the basics of mathematics so that they feel confident in using these skills to further develop other vital skills. We believe that mathematics at school can help develop strategies to reason, use mathematical modelling to simplify and help understand the world around us and to solve increasingly more complex problems. Through developing these skills, maths can offer support to other subjects, provide diverse career paths and, most importantly of all, make maths an enjoyable pursuit of learning in its own right. The increasing importance of data and big data in governing our daily lives makes data literacy an essential part of contemporary life. We strive to ensure our students are able to understand data when it is presented to them and to interrogate data intelligently.
Students at Barking Abbey have also consistently done very well in mathematics assessments, with 70% of students achieving A*-C at GCSE and 20% A*-A. In year 13, 30% of our students achieve A*-A and 60% A*-B. These excellent A Level results help students move on to excellent universities to continue their studies.
Key Stage 3
We follow a two-year Key Stage 3 curriculum that aims to give students a good grounding in the basics of mathematics to help them extend their knowledge in later years. The course is broken down into the following components:
- Ratio, Proportion and rates of change
- Geometry and measures
Within each component, students are given opportunities to develop their reasoning and problem solving skills.
Key Stage 4
GCSE Exam Board: AQA
The GCSE course intends to develop a student’s mathematical skills further and to help prepare them for A Level. The main curriculum topics are as for Key Stage 3 but each area is studied in much more depth to further enhance understanding and enjoyment of the subject.
- Algebra: Including the vital link between symbolic algebra relationships and their graphs
- Ratio, Proportion and rates of change: A stepping stone to Calculus in A Level Mathematics
- Geometry and measures
- Probability: Including an appreciation of the power of probability and how it is used in everyday life.
- Statistics: All students should be able to consider themselves data literate
Our intention is to produce students who are fluent in the basics of number and algebra so that they are comfortable with the more demanding mathematics required of them at A Level. We also want our students to be good problem solvers, ready to adapt to an unpredictable world where we are not yet certain what careers will be available to them. Students should also be data literate so that they are in a good position to analyse data critically and to ask questions if the data does not seem reliable.