The majority of students in the Sixth Form study Mathematics (Core Mathematics with either Statistics, Mechanics or Decision). Further Mathematics is also offered for those pupils who want to challenge themselves as mathematicians.
Students at this level are given more independence over their studies; however, support is always close at hand and the mathematics department prides itself on the amount of one-to-one time we are able to offer our A level students.
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Mathematics is a creative, highly inter-connected and concept-based discipline which is essential to everyday life. It is critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. Our aim is to instil a sense of enjoyment about the subject; develop inquisitive and perceptive learners; and cultivate an appreciation for mathematics as a powerful tool outside of the school environment.
The focus in Key Stage 4 is on the preparation of pupils to ensure they achieve their full potential in the IGCSE examination. This is accomplished by developing fluent knowledge, skills and understanding of the mathematical methods and concepts taught.
Pupils will master the various skills taught by practising questions on their own, or by discussing tasks in pairs and small groups. Pupils will be expected to apply mathematical methods in a range of contexts and interpret, analyse and solve problems. Functional skills will be tested using real-life, scenario-based contexts.
Currently, we have one class of mathematicians that sit their IGCSE a year early. Thereafter they study for the IGCSE in Further Pure Mathematics, which provides an excellent stepping stone for study at Key Stage 5.
It is important during Key Stage 3 that pupils begin preparations for IGCSE and the demands of the Key Stage 4 programme of Study. These skills are introduced in their infancy during Year 7 and 8 but begin in earnest during Year 9, where external exams become a major focal point of teaching and learning.
Open-ended and investigative tasks also form the spine of our teaching in Key Stage 3, as these activities develop mathematical reasoning and problem solving skills that are required both in the upcoming external exams and also outside of the classroom.