Mathematics

Mathematics is a compulsory subject up to NQF Level 2 and usually is a popular choice for further study at A level. 

STAFF

Head of Department

Mr M Ginever - maths@morehousemail.org.uk

 

Mrs J Mullins - jmullins@morehousemail.org.uk

 

Mr T Robertson - trobertson@morehousemail.org.uk

 

Ms O Soltani - osoltani@morehousemail.org.uk

AIMS

Mathematics holds a pivotal position in our society, encompassing rigorous scientific method and creative thinking skills.  We encourage the girls to view mathematics as a language, a logical structure, a knowledge of number and space, a method of deriving conclusions, and an interesting intellectual pursuit.

 

YEARS 7, 8 AND 9

A revised programme of study is in place as a result of the greater emphasis on the foundation of number and algebra skills as well as the loss of probability from the Key Stage 2 curriculum.  As a Department we aim to:

·       Develop students’ fluency in Mathematics by frequent practice and addressing a variety of problems to increase conceptual understanding, 

·       Allow students to create an accurate mathematical argument, develop ideas of proof and conjecture and use Mathematical language to describe problems,

·       Approach unusual problems in a structured manner and use logic to create a series of simple steps to provide an overall solution.

Every year group is set by ability to ensure each individual’s need is met as thoroughly as possible. Each student receives five lessons per week along with two thirty minute homework sessions. Students also complete an additional workbook throughout the year, as well as entering into Problem of the Week competitions and extra mathematical games. Each year group completes a project which is designed to develop fluency and links across other subjects, as well as to promote teamwork and problem solving.

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YEAR 10 & 11 - GCSE SYLLABUS (EDEXCEL)

The girls study for Edexcel International GCSE Mathematics (specification 4MA0 for Year 11 and 4MA1 for Year 10) which aims to give students a foundation in mathematical skills and develop their knowledge and understanding of how to use and apply mathematical techniques and concepts to solve problems; also to give students an appreciation of the importance of mathematics in society, employment and study.

The examination consists of two terminal papers with equal marks.  Although there are two tiers, girls are encouraged to enter the higher papers. 

The curriculum continues to build on the four main areas of Mathematics shown below in the curriculum map, as well as developing an ability to apply these skills in the real world.

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SIXTH FORM - A LEVEL SYLLABUS (EDEXCEL)

The girls study for Edexcel A level Mathematics (specification 9371) either up to AS or A2 level.  Those with the ability and drive are able to study for Further Mathematics.

The units have been designed to encourage students to:

·       Develop their understanding of mathematics and mathematical processes in a way that promotes confidence and fosters enjoyment

·       Develop abilities to reason logically and recognise incorrect reasoning, to generalise and to construct mathematical proofs 

·       Extend their range of mathematical skills and techniques and use them in more difficult, unstructured problems

·       Develop their understanding of coherence and progression in mathematics and of how different areas of mathematics can be connected 

·       Recognise how a situation may be represented mathematically and understand the relationship between ‘real-world’ problems and standard and other mathematical models and how these can be refined and improved 

·       Use mathematics as an effective means of communication 

·       Read and comprehend mathematical arguments and articles concerning applications of mathematics 

·       Acquire the skills needed to use technology such as calculators and computers effectively, recognise when such use may be inappropriate and be aware of limitations 

·       Develop an awareness of the relevance of mathematics to other fields of study, to the world of work and to society in general 

·       Take increasing responsibility for their own learning and the evaluation of their own mathematical development.

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CLUBS AND ACTIVITIES

Year 7 and Year 8 are encouraged to take part in the UK Mathematical Challenge.  They also compete against students from around the world on World Maths Day.

The Sixth Form Mathematics students attend a day at the University of London listening to various mathematicians professing about what gets them excited.  Some such talks have involved the mathematics of juggling and the mathematics of guitar strings.