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Mathematics

Maths at LGGS

Care
The mission of the mathematics department is to provide an environment where students can learn and become competent users of mathematics and mathematical application. This is undertaken throughout all year groups, nurturing and developing their skills and understanding appropriately. Moreover, the department will contribute to the development of students as mathematical thinkers, enabling them to become lifelong learners, ultimately to continue to grow in their chosen professions, and to function as productive citizens. During this study time in mathematics at LGGS, aside from their widening of mathematical tools, concepts and techniques, students will gain a greater appreciation and understanding of the role that the subject plays in life skills and other subject areas. In fulfilling this mission, the department creates an environment where the teachers can continue to develop further as educators, while providing the girls with knowledge and understanding which will provide a valuable basis for their success in everyday life.

Contribute
Mathematics is an interconnected subject in which pupils need to be able to move fluently between representations of mathematical ideas. From the very onset, girls are actively involved in the discussion of mathematical ideas and reasoning, whether it be in group work with fellow peers, contributing to classroom ideas or in discussion with their teacher. This provides a valuable base in which they can express and communicate their ideas effectively. Pupils should make rich connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. They should also apply their mathematical knowledge to science and other subjects. This extends further to the environment away from school, where they will exhibit confidence and assurity combined with their ability to relate their knowledge and understanding either on an individualistic basis or in communication with other personnel.

Challenge
The curriculum over the five years is designed to invigorate and offer multiple challenges throughout the five years of subject study at KS3/4. As a department we firmly believe that there should be a nurturing feel in the classroom, yet a willingness to extend the students out of their comfort zone on numerous occasions. This is applicable from the first lesson of Year 7 throughout their time at school. Aside from the challenge of the classroom lessons, the UK Mathematics Trust provides three national challenges which serve to take entrants into reasoning/logic/puzzle solving which the ordinary curriculum does not have real time to do extensively. These challenges also provide an opportunity for some girls to excel who would not necessarily achieve this in the more traditional areas of maths governed by the exam board’s syllabus. The organisers also offer additional rounds for the very highest national achievers. If invited through, these additional rounds offer severe challenges in the format of written exams. There are also team challenges which pitch school against school and the most able mathematicians face their toughest challenge. In the case of national finals (where we have three in recent years) it brings together a competition where some of the very best schools from across the UK compete for the winning positions.

GCSE Exam Board: Edexcel:
Specification 1MA1
KS3 Maths Learning Overview A-level Maths InformationA-level Further Maths Information

If you require any further details, please contact:
Mr Nick Hobbs, Head of Mathematics.

Useful Links
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