Mathematics is a creative and highly interconnected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems.
It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
At Sunny View School, we follow the National Curriculum for mathematics and the aims are to ensure that all students:
- Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that students develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately
- Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
- Can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions
Mathematics at Key Stage 3 (Year 7– 9)
The programmes of study for mathematics are set out year-by-year to build on the knowledge and understanding gained in Key Stage 2, and to develop strategies and understanding which will be a sound grounding for moving on to the IGCSE syllabus by the end of Key Stage 3 and then A level.
Mathematics at Key Stages 4 and 5 (Year 10–13)
Exam courses at International AS and A level are offered to those students who wish to further engage in Mathematics as required for many University courses, and they will gain the confidence to put into practice, the many concepts of mathematics which crop up in lifelong learning. Other courses can be studied at the discretion of the school.
Why Study AS level and A level Mathematics. (Year 12 and 13)
Mathematics is a versatile qualification, well-respected by employers and is classed as a “facilitating” subject for entry to higher education. Careers for men and women with good mathematics skills and qualifications are not only well paid, but they are also often interesting and rewarding. People who have studied mathematics are in the fortunate position of having an excellent choice of career. Whilst the number of young people studying IA level Mathematics is increasing, there is still a huge demand from science, engineering and manufacturing employers.
The reason why so many employers highly value mathematics qualifications is mathematics students become better at thinking logically and analytically. Through solving problems you develop resilience and are able to think creatively and strategically. The writing of structured solutions, proof and justification of results help you to formulate reasoned arguments.