Mathematics

Mathematics is a fascinating subject that provides opportunities for students to develop a skill set that can be applied when attempting to solve real world mathematical problems. We hope to inspire the students to develop their understanding and analytical skills to meet the ever changing needs of today’s technological society.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7 & 8)

In Key Stage 3, Mathematics is taught under the main strands of: Number, Algebra, Data Handling, Measure, Shape and Space.

During lessons, students will develop their skills in understanding a variety of mathematical concepts and how different areas of mathematics link together. Further, they are taught how different concepts can be applied to a variety of puzzles and problems, which prepares them for the harder challenges in GCSE. There are extra-curricular opportunities for students, such as competing in the UKMT Maths Challenge and the provision of STEM club.

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Key Stage 4 (Years 9, 10 & 11)

Examination Board : Edexcel Mathematics

All students in Years 9, 10 and 11 are encouraged to take the higher tier GCSE. The course is assessed by three equally weighted examinations at the end of year 11 - two of the examinations are calculator based and one is non-calculator based. Students build on the skills learnt at Key Stage 3, with an increased focus on the ability to interpret, analyse and solve problems. Elements of functional mathematics are also embedded into the curriculum so that students have the skills they need to apply mathematics in real life contexts.

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"Mathematics has beauty and romance. It's not a boring place to be, the mathematical world. It's an extraordinary place; it's worth spending time there." Marcus du Sautoy
"Mathematics knows no races or geographic boundaries; for mathematics, the cultural world is one country." David Hilbert

Reading List

Year 8 and above

The Mathematical Secrets of The Simpsons by Simon Singh
Professor Stewart's Cabinet of Mathematical Curiosities by Ian Stewart
Professor Stewart's Hoard of Mathematical Treasures by Ian Stewart
Professor Stewart's Casebook of Mathematical Mysteries by Ian Stewart

Year 7 and 8

The Secret of Sums (Murderous Maths) by Kjartan Poskitt
The Brain Bending Basics (Murderous Maths) by Kjartan Poskitt
All Shapes and Sizes (Murderous Maths) by Kjartan Poskitt
The Most Epic Book of Maths EVER (Murderous Maths) by Kjartan Poskitt
Codes: How to Make Them and Break Them (Murderous Maths) by Kjartan Poskitt

"May not music be described as the mathematics of the sense, mathematics as music of the reason? The musician feels mathematics, the mathematician thinks music: music the dream, mathematics the working life." James Joseph Sylvester