Maths Summer Holiday Booklets:
Maths in your World
Mathematical thinking is important for all members of a modern society for its use in the workplace, business, finance and for personal decision-making. Mathematics is fundamental to national prosperity in providing tools for understanding science, engineering, technology and economics. It is essential in public decision-making and for participation in the knowledge economy.
Mathematics is a creative discipline. The language of Mathematics is international. The subject transcends cultural boundaries and its importance is universally recognised. Mathematics has developed over time as a means of solving problems and also for its own sake.
Our objectives are to equip students with uniquely powerful ways to describe, analyse and change the world. Stimulating moments of pleasure and wonder for all students when they solve a problem for the first time, helping them to discover a more elegant solution, or notice hidden connections. We aim to develop students’ functionality in Mathematics and help them to become capable of thinking independently in applied and abstract ways, where they can reason, solve problems and assess risk.
Skills and Concepts
There are a number of key concepts that underpin the study of Mathematics. Students need to understand these concepts in order to deepen and broaden their knowledge, skills and understanding.
- Applying suitable Mathematics accurately within the classroom and beyond.
- Communicating Mathematics effectively.
- Selecting appropriate mathematical tools and methods, including ICT.
Applications and Implications of Mathematics
- Knowing that Mathematics is a rigorous, coherent discipline.
- Understanding that Mathematics is used as a tool in a wide range of contexts.
- Recognising the rich historical and cultural roots of Mathematics.
- Engaging in Mathematics as an interesting and worthwhile activity.
- Knowing that Mathematics is essentially abstract and can be used to model, interpret or represent situations.
- Recognising the limitations and scope of a model or representation.
Maths at Key Stage 3 (Years 7 – 8)
With a new Key Stage 3 curriculum being introduced, the Maths department have adapted their teaching styles and content to accommodate the changes. Students will be studying a programme that is more challenging and has a significant focus on real-life problem solving. They will be learning not only the mathematical processes and skills needed, but they will be focusing more on depth rather than breath of knowledge in each of the four strands.
Maths at Key Stage 4 (Years 9 and 11)
All students are entered for Higher or Foundation Maths GCSE. The course is solely assessed at the end of Year 11 through two final examinations and there is no coursework element at all to the Maths GCSE. We use the Edexcel examination board.
The current system allows students to achieve an A*-G grade (The last examination being June 2016). The new grading system uses a 1-9 scale, with 9 being the highest. There will be a Higher tier which allows grades 9-4 to be achieved and a Foundation tier covering 5-1.
The content of the course is made up of the following areas of knowledge:
- Ratio, proportion and rates of change
- Geometry and Measures
Two Calculator papers and one Non Calculator paper
‘The essence of mathematics is not to make simple things complicated, but to make complicated things simple’ - Stanley Gudder, Professor of Mathematics
What is Numeracy?
Numeracy is a proficiency, which is developed mainly in mathematics but also in other subjects. It is more than an ability to do basic arithmetic. It involves developing confidence and competence with numbers and measures. It requires understanding of the number system, a repertoire of mathematical techniques, and an ability to solve quantitative or spatial problems in a range of contexts. Numeracy also demands understanding of the ways in which data are gathered by counting and measuring, and presented in graphs, diagrams, charts and tables.
Why is Numeracy important?
Everyone needs to be numerate to maximise life chances and to make a positive contribution to society.