Mathematics is the abstract study of topics such as quantity, numbers, structure, space and change. One of the fundamental characteristics Mathematics is that, as a discipline, Maths is indefinable.
Maths is an effective way to describe the world. It has been called “language of the universe”.
The department is designed to develop strengths in maths and to enhance skills in both reasoning and problem solving, enabling students to logically, rationally and analytically approach questions in other academic areas, as well as in life situations.
We give the students the opportunity to explore Maths and learn through fun activities. At Aylesbury Vale Academy we believe in rigour, imagination and insight. We support young people to traverse levels of logic and abstraction, giving the tools to confidently measure, calculate and test, to see that Maths is the one truly universal language.
Curriculum Leader / Assistant Principal: Mrs A Lutchi
"I graduated from University of Mathematics and Computer Science in 2007 with a degree in Mathematics.
I immediately embarked on a career in teaching and I started as a Mathematics Teacher in London.
I joined Aylesbury Vale Academy in 2012 and I held numerous roles such as Post 16 Director, Head of Year 10, Head of Year 7 and most recently Curriculum Leader of Mathematics.
I am very passionate about working with young people and I strongly believe in role modelling our students. I am passionate about developing the life opportunities for all children regardless of their background or circumstances.
Outside school I love to travel and keep fit whether that is going for a long run or exercising."
Teacher of Maths: Mrs S White-Vassell
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Nelson Mandela.
"I was born and grew up in Jamaica, I studied at Church Teachers’ College: Mandeville where I pursued a Teaching Diploma in Mathematics and further my studies at the University of the West Indies where I obtained my bachelor’s in education.
I have been a teacher of Mathematics for the past 12 years. My love for teaching allows me to help shape the minds of today’s generation with the education that has been bestowed upon me. My thoughts of being a teacher become increasingly clearer daily, as I love to work with children.
My interest in teaching mathematics came from the experience of helping others. I have always enjoyed learning mathematics, and I realised that I also like helping other people learn mathematics, especially those that struggle with it or those who have a disliking for it."
Teacher of Maths: Mr K Laundry
"Mathematics is the most beautiful and most powerful creation of the human Spirit" - Stefan Banach
In my capacity as an educator, I endeavour to create learning environments that make everyone feel included, respected, and valued.
Learning environments should promote relationships that allow learners to think for themselves, ask questions and take intellectual risks while learning.
Consequently, my priority is to support learners in creating connections between Mathematical concepts and everyday experiences in an environment that is low-threat and challenging."
Teacher of Maths: MR P DALEY
"I completed my Bachelor of Education in Mathematics at Church Teachers College in association with the University of The West Indies in 2015 and a Master's in Education of Mathematics at The University of the West Indies in 2021. I have worked in secondary school education teaching Mathematics for the past six years. I see my role as supporting young people to achieve their very best and become global citizens."
Teacher of Maths: MISS WAUGH
"The only way to learn mathematics is to do mathematics.'"- Paul Halmos
Throughout my 4 years Teaching experience I have proven day by day that we learn by doing. i believe that by learning mathematics, we develop critical thinking skills, problem solving and discipline. These are life skills that i would like all my students to have. My first full-time Job as a teacher was in September 2017. Prior to that I was volunteering my skills to students at a school close to home, while I was a student. I became very passionate about mathematics at a very tender age, and it would always be the subject I excelled in more than others. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics."
Teacher of Maths/SECOND IN DEPT: Miss N Wignall
"I completed my PGCE in Mathematics at the University of Buckingham in 2016. I have worked in both primary and secondary schools in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire and on both the academic and pastoral sides of education. I see my role as supporting young people to achieve their very best."
Teacher of Maths: Miss O Burgess
"The best teacher are those who show you where to look but don't tell you what to see" - Alexandra K Trenfor
I completed my Bachelor of Education in Mathematics at The Mico University College (Jamaica) in 2017. I've been teaching in secondary schools in the UK since September 2020. I see my role as creating dreams and fostering ambitions."
Teacher of Maths: Mr M BINNS
"Go deep enough into anything and you will find mathematics."- Dean Schlicter.
"This quote sums up my career as a mathematics teacher as I try to relate mathematics concepts to real life situations, every day.
I completed my training in Mathematics at The University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica. Becoming a mathematics teacher is the best decision I have ever made as this gives me an opportunity to be influential and memorable in the lives of young people who are the future changemakers in our society. I am very happy to pay it forward to the youths.
In the future I would like to become a Dyscalculia Specialist."
Teacher of Maths / KS3 COORDINATOR: Mrs S Hassard
"Before becoming a teacher, I was completed a BSc from the London School of Economics and a MSc from Edinburgh University. I worked in industry - both for the civil service and in the banking world. In 2017, I undertook a PGCE in Mathematics at Oxford University and entered the teaching profession. Since qualifying, I have worked in a range of schools in both Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.
I am passionate about mathematics and want to inspire my students in a love of the subject. As AVA KS3 Mathematics Co-ordinator, I want to ensure that our Y7 and Y8 students have a strong foundation in numeracy skills that allows them to develop their capability in problem-solving - a skill required for all walks of life.
Teacher of Maths: Mr Nasolo
"I believe everything we do in this world to some extent mathematics plays a role. Even getting proper change from a corner shop involves numeracy skills. Mathematics is the foundation. I am very proud to facilitate this concept. I am an enthusiastic professional and I possess PGCE in Mathematics, BA(Hons) Accounting with Business Finance, MBA, LLB(Hons). I have taught in a couple of schools delivering Mathematics, Business Studies and Economics".
Teacher of Maths: MR HEWITT
"The only way to learn Mathematics is to do Mathematics.’ – Paul Halmos
I completed my Diploma in Double Option Mathematics at Church Teachers’ College: Mandeville in 2010. After a few years of teaching, I pursed a Bachelor’s Degree in Actuarial Science at the University of the West Indies. Since then, I have worked in the capacity of as a Secondary Mathematics teacher and a Math Coach with the Ministry of Education in Jamaica. I am passionate about what I do, and the most rewarding part of my job is knowing that I have helped students to develop a greater appreciation for Mathematics while achieving their goals."
We are currently following a five year scheme of work, Key Stage 3 taking two years and Key Stage 4 for the final three years of the curriculum.
Key Stage 3
Key stage 3 students follow a differentiated scheme of work based on assessments at the beginning of the year. Students will either follow:
We focus on developing personal learning and thinking skills to provide a solid foundation and embed functional aspects of mathematics in our work. Students will cover 10 units over the course of the year and will be assessed by their class teacher at the end of each unit, as well as end of term examinations. All assessments are used to track their progress and decide on intervention strategies if and when needed.
In order to support numeracy skills for all students, students in year 7 start lessons with 30 questions covering mental strategies, time tables and key skills that will support students progress in Maths. Students have 5 minutes to answer as many questions as possible; these tasks are completed for every lesson and students are able to see their progression throughout the various belts. Each session is recorded on a spreadsheet which also states student’s average belt throughout the year. Students are able to work through from white belt to black belt in numeracy skills.
Students in years 8-11 work on 5 questions at the beginning of each lesson covering topics that they will encounter throughout the year/have already encountered to aid them with revision. Students have 5 minutes to answer as many of the questions as possible; these tasks are completed for every lesson and students are able to see their progression throughout the year.
Key stage 4 Curriculum
GCSE Mathematics is a compulsory subject which starts in year 9 covering 19-20 units throughout the three years. We currently follow the Edexcel examination board.
Students will then sit 3 examination papers in either Foundation or Higher tier at the end of the course.
- Paper 1: Non calculator (1F/1H)
- Paper 2: Calculator (2F/2H)
- Paper 3: Calculator (Problem Solving) (3F/3H)
Homework is set for all students on a weekly basis and should take no longer than an hour each week.
Key stage 3 homework will contain 20 questions on topics which students will cover over the course of the year. Each tier will be structured to support student’s progress. Each tier of homework is a 10 week programme after which class teachers will evaluate the student’s progress.
Key Stage 4 homework will consist of exam practise. Each week students will receive questions from previous exam papers for students to attempt. Some questions may be new for students as they will not have covered all aspects of the course, this will support students independent learning and enable them to research methods prior to teaching.
Each week a lesson will be dedicated to going through homework answers emphasising on method work for both key stages in order to support the progress of students understanding.
Maths revision classes are regularly organised for our students preparing for GCSE during term time. In addition to this year 11 students receive a comprehensive range of Maths revision aids such as tutorial videos which covers all areas of GCSE, revision guides, revision work books, apps to support progress as well as sets of past exam papers.
We work on our students being able to problem solve in our lessons and inspire a new enthusiasm for the subject by organising trips which allow our students to discover how Maths is applied in the real world. They are able to make links between maths, nature and other area enabling them to appreciate how the subject is crucial to all aspects of everyday life.
- Maths challenges (Junior, Intermediate and Senior)
- “Why Further Maths?” day
- Maths conferences
- Stem Challenges
- Numeracy Ninjas
- SuperTmatik competition