Mathematics Faculty

Mathematics is the means of looking at the patterns that make up our world and the intricate and beautiful ways in which they are constructed and realised. Numeracy is the means of making that knowledge useful.

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.

The subject transcends cultural boundaries and its importance is universally recognised. Mathematics helps us to understand and change the World.

Aims

  • 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.

Objectives

At the end of their mathematical education in this school, each pupil will be able to:

  • perform basic numeracy skills
  • perform the basic mathematical skills needed in his/her chosen career or for entry to higher or further mathematical education
  • understand the mathematics likely to be encountered in daily adult life
  • reason clearly and logically, and to set out a rational argument
  • identify patterns encountered in diverse situations and to extrapolate from these
  • approach problems systematically, choosing appropriate techniques for their solution
  • follow logical instructions clearly expressed
  • experience satisfaction in and enjoyment of his/her mathematical achievements
  • obtain any formal mathematical qualifications needed for his/her chosen career
  • obtain his/her best possible results at KS3, KS4, AS/A Level & other Sixth Form courses

Key Stage Three

The Mathematics Faculty follows the GCSE Foundation course for the Edexcel Examination Board for the duration of Key Stage Three. If there are any pupils who are ready to take the final Foundation paper they can be entered and begin the next Key Stage with the Higher Level work. For those struggling, the course and pace is adapted to meet their needs.

Key Stage Four

The Mathematics Faculty follows the GCSE Higher and Foundation courses at GCSE. There is possible entry during Years Nine and Ten. Pupils can then go onto study Statistics, Further Pure Mathematics GCSE, Functional Skills and the new IGCSE in Mathematics.

Key Stage Five

The Mathematics Faculty follows the Edexcel AS and A2 course, teaching the four core modules of Pure Mathematics and a module of Statistics and Decision.