Mathematics at Durham Johnston Comprehensive School
“Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty—a beauty cold and austere, like that of sculpture, without appeal to any part of our weaker nature, without the gorgeous trappings of painting or music, yet sublimely pure, and capable of a stern perfection such as only the greatest art can show.”
Through the study of Mathematics, our students learn knowledge and skills that will benefit them throughout their lives. Strong numeracy and problem solving skills are desirable to almost all employers and are applicable to many real life situations. At Durham Johnston we have a strong emphasis on reinforcing basic skills but aim to balance this with developing strong reasoning and analytical skills. Our students are offered support along with stretch and challenge to allow them to achieve to the best of their ability.
Our students follow a KS3 curriculum designed to reinforce basic skills while developing effective reasoning skills.
We use www.hegartymaths.com to set much of our homework; this website is also a useful revision tool.
For those students who wish to access extension material, we recommend www.nrich.com.
GCSE Foundation Mathematics
There are many revision guides available for the AQA Mathematics course. We would recommend the “Collins GCSE Maths Grade 9-1 AQA Foundation Complete Practice and Revision Guide”.
GCSE Higher Mathematics
At GCSE we follow the AQA exam board specification, which can be found at this link.
There are many revision guides available for the AQA Mathematics course. We would recommend the “Collins GCSE Maths Grade 9-1 AQA Higher Complete Practice and Revision Guide”.
A-Level and AS Level Mathematics and Further Mathematics
At A-Level/AS Mathematics we follow the OCR Mathematics A H230, H240 specification, full details of which can be found at this link.
At A-Level/AS Further Mathematics we follow the OCR Mathematics A H235, H245 specification, full details of which can be found at this link.