“But in my opinion, all things in nature occur mathematically.” René Descartes.
Mathematics is more than a series of numbers and letters. Mathematics is the science that deals with the logic of shape, quantity and arrangement. Math is all around us, in everything we do. It is the building block for everything in our daily lives, including mobile devices, architecture (ancient and modern), art, money, engineering, and even sports. Through the study of Mathematics we learn to think and ask ‘what if..’, we develop processes that will enable us to move forward in which field we may wish.
Mathematics at St Peters is taught by a team of fully trained specialist teachers. The school has an excellent mathematical record and all students are encouraged to develop their Mathematics in order to achieve their personal best allowing students to follow which ever future path they chose.
We aim to use a variety of approaches and media in our teaching in order to develop a wider understanding and appreciation of the subject, developing Mathematicians who enjoy their studies. Students are encouraged to participate in the UK Maths Challenges, Master Classes at the University and various other events, which generate mathematical interest and enthusiasm.
Students are placed in sets on entry to Year 7 using their KS2 results and base line tests. Each term students undertake an assessment and movement between sets takes place depending upon the progress made.
Study throughout year 7 and 8 is incorporated within our Key stage 3 program with the intention of developing real foundations within mathematics on which further study can develop through students GCSE studies in Key stage 4.
In Key stage 4 pupils are entered for the EDEXCEL GCSE Mathematics (1MA1) and students can currently choose to do a combined course in GCSE Statistics at the higher tier along with the FSMQ Additional Mathematics within one of their Key stage 4 option blocks.
The Mathematics Department is well resourced and pupils will often find themselves undertaking mathematical tasks in a number of ways such as using a textbook, on a laptop, a variety of paper based resources or practical demonstration. Pupils have access to a number of online resources including the course textbook as well as tutorial and revision programmes. All classrooms are fitted with Smart interactive whiteboards which are used extensively.