Curriculum Statement – Mathematics
Lead Teachers: Mr G King, Mr D Howarth
The Need for Mathematics
Mathematics is a universal language; allowing students to access, solve and explain a variety of problems occurring throughout everyday life. It encourages logical thinking, methodical working and problem solving.
Mathematical skills enable pupils to succeed in a range of fields, easily crossing subject barriers using this universal language. Obvious links to science, technology and engineering allow pupils to see their learning in context, in addition to the satisfaction of developing subject specific skills.
Numbers and the number system – To have a sense of the size of a number and how it relates to other numbers, we need to understand the pattern and structure of the number system.
Operations and calculations – These are the procedures and techniques which use numbers as steps to reaching answers and solving problems.
Handling information – These are the skills required for interpreting and making sense of data and information presented in a variety of ways in many aspects of everyday life.
Shape, space and measures – Understanding of shape, space and measures is used in assessing length, weight, time and temperature and in solving many everyday problems.
Problem solving – the ability to break down, abstract and solve a complex problem through a series of reasoned steps.
(National Numeracy 2013)
To offer a broad and balanced curriculum, students are offered the experience of participating in mathematical challenges both in and outside the classroom. This extends to organised national competitions, enhanced taster sessions at higher education institutions, as well as STEM projects. Higher level qualifications and study allow the most able students to access advanced concepts and build foundations for their future mathematics careers.