St Monica's RC High School

Bury Old Road, Prestwich, Manchester, M25 1JH

0161 773 6436

8am - 4pm, Mon - Fri


Maths Department

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Maths Curriculum

Mathematics contributes to the school curriculum by developing pupils’ abilities to calculate; to reason logically, algebraically, and geometrically; to solve problems and to handle data. Mathematics is important for pupils in many other areas of study, particularly Science and Technology. It is also important in everyday living, in many forms of employment, and in public decision-making. 

As a subject in its own right, Mathematics presents frequent opportunities for creativity, and can stimulate moments of pleasure and wonder when a problem is solved for the first time, or a more elegant solution to a problem is discovered, or when hidden connections suddenly manifest.

It enables pupils to build a secure framework of mathematical reasoning, which they can use and apply with confidence. The power of mathematical reasoning lies in its use of precise and concise forms of language, symbolism and representation to reveal and explore general relationships. These mathematical forms are widely used for modelling situations; a trend accelerated by computational technologies.

Here at Saint Monica’s the Maths Department aims to :-

  • To set challenging targets with high expectations for all pupils.
  • To offer a variety of approaches to teaching and learning to engage and motivate pupils and demand their active participation.
  • To smooth the transition for pupils between Key Stages and ensure progression in teaching and learning throughout their time at School.
  • To explore enrichment opportunities outside the curriculum to enhance pupils’ enjoyment of mathematics.

Gifted & Talented

Each year St Monica’s enters three national maths challenge competitions organised by United Kingdom Mathematics Trust.

Each year 250,000 students take part in each of these events nationally.

Certificates are awarded for attainment as follows:

  • Gold – Top 6%
  • Silver – Top 12%
  • Bronze – Top 18%


More and more ICT is being used in the teaching of the subject. The following software is used throughout the Mathematics Department and much is available on the school network. (Use the hyperlinks to find out more about individual packages.)

Geometers Sketchpad: Dynamic geometry with graphing capabilities.

Autograph : Graphing with Shape and Space and Data Handling applications.

Boardworks : A bank of Powerpoint presentations mainly in Shape and Space to demonstrate topics with practice questions included. A separate file of tools is available to support activities in Number and Data Handling. Not on network.

Logo : Programming software to explore Shape and Space topics.

Virtual Image : A variety of interactive programs to use as starters or support activities.

Crocodile Mathematics : Another piece of software to create your own demonstrations and activities. Not on network.

Absorb : Summary material written using Crocodile Clips. Use for revision or practice.

Useful Websites

GCSE Mathematics Websites

My Maths

The school has a subscription to the My Maths website. This is used by staff in some lessons as well as for some homework. We feel that this is a good website for students to use to do some independent study.

Maths teachers at school provide pupils with their usernames and passwords.

Click the link below to goto the website.