Mathematics

Foundation Statement

1, How does the school’s ethos underpin this subject, and what virtues have potential to be developed in our students through its study?

Mathematics, as the human understanding of the quantitative and spatial aspects of reality, uses symbolic representation, modelling, observation, and reasoning to reveal the awe-inspiring wonder of the world around and beyond us.  The study of mathematics can also reveal some inexplicable paradoxes.

Mathematics is central to a student’s knowledge across wide aspects of reality.  Students of mathematics should be equipped to stand away from the intricacies of calculations and problem-solving to look at ethical perspectives when situations arise (e.g. gambling, debt accumulation, use of charts to mislead).  Mathematics, used rightly, is also a powerful tool in our role of stewardship particularly in the areas of science, technology, economics, and geography.

Virtues to be developed include: honesty, integrity, truth, justice, meaningfulness, clarity, validity, discernment, creativity, perseverance, good judgement in interpretation, accuracy, precision, the responsible use of numbers and space.

 

2, What goals do we desire for our students in their study of this subject?

a. Gain understanding of number (including algebra and statistics) and space, and of their inter-relationships and patterns. This understanding is required on both the conceptual and procedural levels.

b. Appreciate and apply mathematical reasoning and techniques in solving everyday problems in diverse settings.

c. Link mathematics with other curriculum areas to develop students’ appreciation of the unity of knowledge whilst also enriching their deeper understanding of mathematics and other subjects.

d. Recognise the orderliness of reality that is revealed through mathematics and appreciate its cultural origins from societies such as Chinese, Egyptian, Babylonian, and Greek.

e. Experience, at an advanced level, mathematics as a developing science rather than as a fixed body of knowledge that is complete.

 

Curriculum Overview

Key Stage 3 – Core
Key Stage 3 – Higher
Key Stage 3 – Support
Key Stage 4 – Foundation
Key Stage 4 – Higher
Sixth Form – Single Maths
Sixth Form – Further Maths
 
Recovery Plans for Year 11