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Maths
KEY STAGE 3 MATHS


Philosophy

It is our hope that mathematics at TWGGS should first of all be enjoyable. We wish to stimulate interest in, and enthusiasm for, the study of mathematics for its own sake so that girls discover for themselves the richness and variety of the subject and the unique insight it provides into the nature of the world around them. This is not to overlook the development of the skills required for adult life, other subjects, and the passing of examinations but is intended to demonstrate our commitment to the fostering of a positive attitude to the subject. We also aim to provide girls of varying abilities and interests, the opportunity to achieve their full potential in the subject at an appropriate level and rate of progress.

Throughout the school the mathematics curriculum is delivered by traditional methods with the skills of teaching staff taking centre stage in the process. There is an emphasis on the importance of practice, using textbooks both in lessons and as a resource for homework and revision.

The Year 7 and 8 syllabus uses the Collins Frameworking textbooks, and covers a variety of topics which are intended to start the development of skills and knowledge necessary for success at GCSE. In Number, pupils can expect to be working with fractions, decimals, percentages, ratio, proportion and sequences, whilst our Algebra work aims to give a firm foundation in standard techniques including simplifying expressions, expanding brackets, solving equations and drawing graphs. The Shape and Space area of the curriculum includes perimeter, area, volume, angles, symmetry, circles and transformations, whilst in Probability and Statistics pupils will be expected to calculate simple theoretical and experimental probabilities with single and combined events, as well as developing skills which will allow them to interpret and compare data effectively using various graphs, charts and numerical techniques.

In Year 7, girls are taught maths in form groups. In Year 8 there are five divisions: A1 and A2 and three lower divisions of equal ability, which we describe as B groups. From Year 9, pupils will study the GCSE Maths syllabus, and there are 3 A sets created based on KS3 performance, with two parallel B groups.

Those who find maths difficult are given extra help by staff or volunteers from the Lower Sixth, while there is extension work available for those who need it. There is also a mathematics clinic, a lunchtime drop-in session for all pupils who have questions about any work they have struggled with. We aim for a supportive approach where pupils feel confident in seeking help from staff members.

The importance of mathematics

Mathematical thinking is important for all members of a modern society as a habit of mind for its use in the workplace, business and finance; and for personal decision-making. Mathematics is fundamental to national prosperity in providing tools for understanding science, engineering, technology and economics. It is essential in public decision-making and for participation in the knowledge economy.

Mathematics equips pupils with uniquely powerful ways to describe, analyse and change the world. It can stimulate moments of pleasure and wonder for all pupils when they solve a problem for the first time, discover a more elegant solution, or notice hidden connections. Pupils 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. Mathematics is a creative discipline. The language of mathematics is international. The subject transcends cultural boundaries and its importance is universally recognised. Mathematics has developed over time as a means of solving problems and also for its own sake.



Also see related pages: Curriculum and Prospectus