Teaching & Learning
An intelligent mind acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.
All students in the Mathematics department should have a right to follow a curriculum and receive teaching that is appropriate to their mathematical ability and their needs. As a Department our aim is to ensure that learners acquire, develop and gain the following:
- Become critical thinkers and understand key concepts to help solve problems in unfamiliar situations.
- Are suitably challenged to achieve the best grade possible.
- Feel inspired by teachers who cultivate a passion for Maths in lessons.
- Have opportunities to develop their skills.
- Have high self-esteem, aspirations and develop a love of Mathematics.
- Are motivated to achieve their best in every Maths lesson.
- Understand that learning in Mathematics contributes to personal development.
- Use methods of investigation to solve problems in a disciplined way.
- Appreciate the contribution Maths makes to society and realise that applying Mathematics can lead to moral and ethical issues having to be addressed.
- Appreciate the powerful, but provisional nature of Mathematics knowledge and explanation.
- Are being catered for in a range of different ways according to their age, ability and social needs.
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Mathematics contributes to the school curriculum by developing students’ abilities to solve problems, to calculate, to reason logically, algebraically, and geometrically and to make sense of data. Mathematics is important for students in many other areas of study, particularly Science and Technology. It is also important in everyday life, in many forms of employment and in decision-making.
As a subject in its own right, Mathematics presents frequent opportunities for creativity. It can stimulate moments of pleasure and wonder; especially when problems are solved or when more elegant solutions to problems are discovered. Mathematics is one means of making knowledge useful.
We want all our students to become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, to be able to reason mathematically and to solve problems by applying their mathematical understanding to a variety of problems.
Within the Mathematics department, we aim to set challenging targets with high expectations for all students. We strongly believe in the importance of offering a variety of different approaches to teaching and learning to help motivate students. We will always look to ensure that the students are actively participating and enjoying mathematics.
Mathematics is usually taught in ability sets: this means the more able children will be stretched, while children who struggle with Mathematics will take things more slowly, and be given more support. In KS3 your child will find some of the work similar to primary school, but it will be more challenging and the children are expected to be working more independently. With all the topics the children will be studying, they’ll be developing ‘mathematical process’ skills, which include reasoning, analysis and evaluation.
At Key Stage 4 our students follow the new Edexcel GCSE course. This is examined with three papers at the end of Year 11. Each paper is 1 hour and 30 minutes long, paper 1 is non-calculator and papers 2 and 3 are calculator.
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Knowledge Books can be found below: