“The essence of mathematics is not to make simple things complicated, but to make complicated things simple.” Stanley Gudder
Studying Mathematics is about exploring the elegance of problem solving. It allows students to become critical thinkers and encourages creativity within their approach. The beauty of Mathematics is within the journey where students can discover links and reason their thought processes. At Theale Green, our aim is to provide a foundation for understanding the world around us, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation for the power of mathematics alongside a true sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
At KS3, our aim is to expose students to the key areas of Mathematics (number, algebra, geometry, statistics, probability, ratio and proportion) across each year. Working with a cyclic curriculum means that we are fortunate to revisit topics year on year to build a strong foundation on the approach to GCSE. Over time, students develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems over Year 7 to 9. We work hard to make cross-curricular links evident across related subjects such as science, geography and computing. Students are able to appreciate the value of their mathematical knowledge and how skills can be transferable. Students are formally assessed 3 times a year, however are also regularly tested in class in end of topic tests and weekly quizzes.
At KS4, students continue to build their skills through experiencing more sophisticated, multi-step problems which are rooted in KS3 understanding. The way our scheme of learning progresses, allows students to flourish in their mathematical confidence. There is a substantial overlap between both Foundation and Higher examinations which allows us flexibility in tiering decisions. At Theale Green, we follow the AQA examination board which consists of 3 external examinations in their final year of study. In preparation for this, we ensure students experience examination style questions in regular mock papers. In the lead up to final examinations, students are given tailored topic guidance to target areas of relative weakness.
Mathematics is the foundation of most modern science; look around you – most of the items we use every day wouldn’t exist without it. Millions of people around the world use A Level Mathematics in different university courses and careers. Maths is a ‘facilitating subject’ which means it is highly valued by universities – not just for courses that are obviously mathematical. Maths students are valued because they are good at thinking logically and analytically; through solving problems they develop resilience and are able to think more creatively and strategically. At Theale Green, we follow the Edexcel A Level syllabus which consists of 3 examinations in their final year of study; 2 Pure papers and 1 Applied paper.
Careers involving mathematics are found in almost every field, including medical, sport and research communities. Through studying Mathematics, you open doors to endless opportunities for future career paths. You could design the next world-famous computer game, represent the NHS as a medical practitioner or even work as a sport scientist analysing the performance of professional athletes.