|Subject Leader Mathematics||Mr J Cason|
Ms L Askew
The main areas of study are:-
- Ratio, Proportion & Rates of Change
- Geometry & Measures
At all possible opportunities the students are encouraged to improve their skills in talking mathematically to develop precision, reasoning, articulation and clarity. Practical activity features regularly in classwork, so that techniques can be learned and developed through application to real situations.
The intention is to develop students' mathematical skills and knowledge, through oral, written, graphic and practical work. This should be in a manner which encourages confidence, enabling the individual to apply skills to both every day and theoretical situations in order to find solutions to problems. We aim to develop each student's ability and confidence to cope with practical aspects of everyday life at work, at home and in social activities.
Key Stage 3
Mathematics is a core subject which is studied throughout the students’ academic life. Students gain excellent mathematical developments which underpins the technological and information revolution that have transformed the modern world that the subject is far more valuable than just an important tool for Scientists, Engineers and Financial Analysists.
Mathematics is a study of patterns and structure. Mathematicians are key individuals in such wide variety of roles in today’s world because of their ability to think abstractly and to generalise concepts. These skills define the intention of the Mathematics curriculum at Knole Academy. At K3 we follow Mathematics Mastery Scheme of Work.
Our aim is for students to become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics and practice with varied, increasingly complex problems over time to develop conceptual understanding and apply knowledge accurately. Students will be able to reason using correct mathematical language to construct arguments and justify them confidently. Eventually, they will become creative problem solvers.
“Mathematics is a more powerful instrument of knowledge than any other that has been bequeathed to us by human agency.” - Descartes
Key Stage 4
At our most basic level, we all need to be able to understand and apply skills in arithmetic; in our increasingly technological world this is even now more essential, it is the common language of all disciplines, and is the language which technology and computers communicate with us and with themselves.
The GCSE syllabus starts in year 10 for all students and they will be required to review and extend their knowledge and skills. The course follows the Edexcel Syllabus. The assessments of this subject is in the form of three examinations (two calculator and one non-calculator), sat at the end of the course in year 11. The papers are offered at two levels, foundation and higher. Students will continue to work in the six areas of the National Curriculum. GCSE texts are used to supplement the teaching of key topics which appear on past papers.
For our students to develop, it is important that they recognise the value of mathematics, primarily intellectual engagement and development which will see them into the future with understanding and competency with mathematical knowledge and deductive skills essential in today’s world.
“Mathematics is not just another language . . . it is a language plus logic. Mathematics is a tool for reasoning." - Richard Feynman
Key Stage 5
Entry to the Advanced level course requires a grade of 7-9 on the Higher GCSE tier.
YEAR 12 AS
Students follow a modular course comprising of three units, Pure Core 1 and 2 and Mechanics 1.
YEAR 13 A2
Students continue from the AS course with three further units comprising Pure Core 3 and 4 and Statistics 1
KS5 INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE (IB) MATHEMATICS: APPLICATIONS & INTERPRETATIONS SYLLABUS
Mathematics reveals hidden patterns that help us understand the surrounding world; it is the science that deals with the logic of shape, quantity and arrangement and distance.
Our department aims to provide pupils with insights into many diverse areas of Mathematics while developing their problem-solving skills, helping them make both creative and efficient use of technology thus enabling them to communicate ideas and methods precisely and logically.
IB Mathematics is offered in the Applications and Interpretations syllabus which is available at Standard Level (SL) and at Higher Level (HL). It is a 2 year course programme.
Students will practice exploring real life scenarios and how to apply their creative and intellectual mathematical thinking skills to solve relevant problems. This course will help prepare students for a professional working life. Students are expected to complete researches as part of their course work which will contribute to their final examination.
Please refer to the Post 16 Course Directory 2022-24 for KS5 information by clicking here.
"Mathematics is a more powerful instrument of knowledge than any other that has been bequeathed to us by human agency". - Descartes