Studying maths helps us find patterns and structure in our lives. Practically, maths helps us put a price on things, create graphics , build websites, build skyscrapers and generally understand how things work or predict how they might change over time and under different conditions.
The aim of the Mathematics department at Canbury School is to help students develop their knowledge, skills, enjoyment and understanding of mathematical concepts. This will help them develop the knowledge to tackle scientific, mechanical, coding and abstract problems, and develop logic to tackle everyday issues like planning projects, managing budgets and even debating effectively.
The Mathematics course at Canbury School is designed to cover all areas of the National Curriculum, including Number, Algebra, Shape, Space, Measure, Statistics, Probability, Using and applying Mathematics. At Key Stage 4 students work towards completing either the Edexcel iGCSE in Mathematics (Foundation or Higher level) qualification or for those for whom GCSE Maths is not the most appropriate pathway the department offers Pearson Functional Skills at Entry Level 1 – 3 and Levels 1 & 2 at the end of Year 11. Students also have the opportunity to choose to study for GCSE Statistics in Key Stage 4. This requires extra study out of normal school hours. At Key Stage 5 students who achieve appropriate grades at iGCSE have the opportunity to extend their mathematical knowledge further by choosing to study A level Mathematics.
Students in Key Stage 3 have 4 Mathematics lessons a week and 1 MICT lesson, which is supervised independent computer-based learning. Students in Key Stage 4 and 5 have 4 lessons and 3 lessons of Mathematics respectively a week. All students have access to a variety of different websites including My Maths, Dr Frost Maths, Diagnostic Questions and IXL.com which contain additional support and lessons.They also have the opportunity to attend a weekly clinic after school where students can bring their maths homework, or something they have been struggling with or just do maths for fun.