The Mathematics Department provides an environment in which students can achieve to their maximum potential and we encourage an atmosphere of learning, investigation, and co-operation. We try to offer activities of varying kinds in order to accommodate students’ preferred learning styles and develop enthusiasm and interest in mathematics whilst ensuring that students leave us with qualifications that allow them to progress to further education or find a job.
Why do students study Mathematics?
Mathematics is essential because it is one of the most widely used subjects in the world. Every career and pathways needs some sort of mathematics. Mathematics helps the mind to reason and change complicated situations or problems into clear, simple, and logical steps. Students are encouraged to discuss different ways of tackling problems and to explain and justify their explanations to challenge their thinking. The reality is that we live in a society where employers expect some level of numeracy.
The aims of the curriculum in Mathematics are to develop:
- Versatility in tackling problems
- Rapid recall
- Explanation and reasoning
- Expectations of interest, pleasure and challenge
- Competence in aspects of number commonly used in society
- Understanding of graphical representations
- Determination in the solving of problems
The Mathematics Department will Encourage:
- The learning of multiplication tables
- Mental Arithmetic as a first resort
- Use of estimation
- Accuracy of number work, and an appropriate degree of accuracy in answers
- Appropriate use of calculators
- Correct representation of statistical data using graphs and charts
- An understating of the size of numbers
- Using references to appreciate size in measurement
- Pupils self-correction of errors
- Use of discussion to understand process and purpose.