Why Study Mathematics?
First of all… because maths is fun!
- It’s all about looking for patterns and relationships in numbers and shapes.
- It’s about solving puzzles and problems.
- It uses and develops our natural skills of logic and reasoning.
- It gives us the tools to present concise and elegant analysis of the world around us, for instance through the use of algebra or statistics.
- What’s more… it’s useful!
Whether you are out shopping, cooking a meal, organising your finances, or just doing a Sudoku, you will use mathematical skills.
In school you need Mathematics in lots of subjects: Physics, Chemistry, Biology, ICT, Geography, Business Studies, Graphics, Electronics, Food; even Art and Music have links to Mathematics.
Lots of people use Mathematics in their jobs too: Scientists, Doctors, Nurses, Teachers, Statisticians, Bankers, Insurers, Engineers, Architects, Surveyors, Environmentalists, Computer Programmers, Website Designers, Designers and Business people to name just a few.
Mathematics at Soham Village College
The Mathematics scheme of work for each year is based on a modular (topic) approach.
Lessons are designed to encourage you to investigate and discuss mathematics and to develop your problem solving and thinking skills. SMART boards are used extensively to introduce new concepts and skills. Lessons will often involve whole class discussion, group work, computer or practical activities, as well as opportunities for you to consolidate concepts and skills through exercises and problem solving.
In Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 & 9) the scheme of work is differentiated into 4 tiers which correspond to the National Curriculum tests at the end of Year 9.
Tier 1 Levels 3 – 5
Tier 2 Levels 4 – 6
Tier 3 Levels 4 – 7
Tier 4 Levels 5 - 8
In Key Stage 4 (Years 10 & 11) the scheme of work is differentiated at 2 levels which correspond to the GCSE entry levels at the end of year 11.
Higher level: Grades A*, A, B, C, D;
Foundation level: Grades C, D, E, F, G