Mathematical thinking and skills can develop personal attributes of: decision making, problem solving, financing as well as many more. Mathematics can provide the thinking tools for further study, the workplace and for everyday life.

While studying Mathematics at Dene Community School, our students will develop and apply their mathematical skills and abilities and become open-minded learners. All students are appropriately challenged in order for them to reach their full potential mathematically.

Key Stage 3

Throughout Key Stage 3 students study a range of topics covering four main areas of Mathematics:

  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Geometry and Measures
  • Data Handling

Year 7 and year 8 students follow a mastery curriculum where the focus of their learning is on understanding mathematical concepts and applying these to a diverse range of problem solving and reasoning activities.

Students are grouped on entry into sets by mathematical ability. Regular assessments ensure students are in the most appropriate ability group and the work set is challenging but also achievable.

When pupils reach year 9 at Dene Community School, we bridge the transition between Key Stage 3 and GCSE by introducing GCSE content into their curriculum.

Key Stage 4

At Dene Community School all students follow a GCSE course. There are two tiers:

  • Foundation Grades 1 to 5
  • Higher Grades 4 to 9

The GCSE Mathematics exams consist of 2 exam papers, including calculator and non calculator questions.

Homework at Key Stage 4 is mostly past exam questions and papers. These resources enable our pupils to gain an understanding of the exams and to practice their Mathematics. All students are given the opportunity to attend revision sessions in the run up to exams.