Mathematics is a key subject because of the vital role mathematical thinking has for all members of modern society. It is used in the workplace, business and finance; and for personal decision-making. It is fundamental to national prosperity in providing tools for understanding science, engineering, technology and economics, and essential in public decision-making.
It gives our students uniquely powerful ways to describe, analyse and change the world. It stimulates moments of pleasure and wonder for them when they solve a problem for the first time, discover a more elegant solution, or notice hidden connections. People who are functional in mathematics and financially capable are able to think independently in applied and abstract ways, and can reason, solve problems and assess risk.
At Key Stage 3 students follow a programme of work in line with the National Curriculum in Year 7 and Year 8. They cover Number, Algebra, Geometry and Statistics topics and complete a range different activities in their lessons.
Changes made to the National Curriculum at Key Stage 4 have been filtered into the topics being taught during these years to allow the students further challenge and they are given the change to explore the topic and discover the knowledge independently.
Students are set one piece of homework per week to complete. They can stay on for Session 6 should they require any support with either classwork or homework. We also run session 6 activities on problem-solving to help support students.