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Mathematics

Mathematics contributes to the school curriculum by developing the pupil’s abilities to calculate: to reason logically, algebraically and geometrically, to solve problems and handle data. Mathematics is important for students in all other areas of the curriculum. It is also important in every day living, in many forms of employment and in decision making.

 

As a subject in its own right mathematics presents frequent opportunities for creativity and can stimulate moments of pleasure and wonder. For example when a problem is solved for the first time or a more elegant solution to a problem is discovered or when connections suddenly become apparent.

 

In school mathematics enables pupils to build a secure framework of mathematical reasoning, which they can apply with confidence. The contexts for this reasoning range from commonplace computation and problem solving in day-to-day activity to the systematic organisation and analysis of ideas within mathematics itself and within subjects that use mathematics as a reasoning tool. The power of mathematical reasoning lies in its use of precise and concise forms of language, symbolism and representation to reveal and explore general relationships. These mathematical forms are widely used for modelling situations; a trend accelerated by the spread of computational technologies.

 

Different cultures have contributed to the development and application of mathematics. Today the subject transcends cultural boundaries and its importance is universally recognised. Mathematics helps us to understand a changing world.

 

Aims of the department

As a department we aim to;

         Enable children to enjoy mathematics because they understand what they are doing.

         Foster positive attitudes to mathematics as an interesting and attractive subject so children become confident in developing and using mathematical ideas and strategies.

         Provide children with experiences and knowledge related to their development of; problem solving, investigative skills, analytical skills, logical thinking, working independently or cooperatively, through an active process of enquiry and experiment.

         Develop an appreciation of mathematical pattern and the ability to relationships and therefore the ability to predict.

         Develop the ability to talk fluently about mathematics and to use the language of mathematics in communications.

         Prepare future citizens for a growing technological environment.

Key Stage Two Maths Overview
Key Stage Three Maths Overview