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. Mathematics enables students 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.
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. Mathematical Mastery for all is our over-riding aim.
Within the Mathematics subject area, 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.
Maths is taught seven lessons per fortnight in Years 7, 8 and 9. Year 7 are currently taught in mixed ability groups. In Years 8 and 9, students are taught in sets based on ability.
Topics studied are Number, Algebra, Ratio Proportion and Rates of Change, Geometry and Measures, Probability and Statistics. Students are assessed regularly.
Throughout Years 7 to 9 students have the opportunity to develop their investigational skills as well as consolidate their number skills. The aim is for students to become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, and to be able to reason mathematically by being able to communicate an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.
Students are given Extended Learning tasks each week. Each piece should take between 30 minutes and 45 minutes to complete. On the whole, extended learning will relate to the topic studied in class, but it may take the form of a revision topic or an investigational task.