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Maths

Maths is a wonderful subject as it helps describe the World.  It is in it and around it and helps to explain how it all works.  It is like an endless game whilst giving you helpful boundaries in the way you go about solving problems.  It is absolute and pure mathematics is unarguable!  You can do maths anywhere and don’t even need a piece of paper – Archimedes wrote theorems in the sand (where the Romans killed him as he was on the verge of a breakthrough and wouldn’t stop) and he solved a key problem about water displacement in the bath! 

Some people think that the maths they face is hard; so is any game you play for the first time.  That’s why you should practise it all the time, so you don’t forget the skills you have acquired.  As Einstein once said, “do not worry about your difficulties in maths, I assure you that mine are greater.”  If life presents no challenge to us then we will never enjoy it and gain that sense of achievement.  Good luck in your endeavours! (Mr Starr - Subject Lead)

 

 Subject Overview

When you arrive at the Mosslands School you will be put into a group according to your ability using information from your primary school.  As you develop over the first year you may find that this group changes as we get to know your strengths and weaknesses better. 

At Mosslands we follow a five year scheme of learning in years 7 to 11.  In years 7 and 8 we follow the Mastery model of teaching where we try to ensure that you understand everything that you are taught before moving on.  This is inspired by the Singapore teaching model. In years 9 to 11 you will follow the Edexcel 9-1 GCSE course.

Pupils in all years will have 8 x 50 minute lessons a fortnight over the two week cycle.

Study tasks are set half termly but you should expect extra tasks set on a regular basis. These tasks can take a variety of forms.

All of you will be assessed regularly to ensure that you are making good progress.

Each year we enter students for the United Kingdom Mathematical Challenges (UKMC) . Progress can be made from the regional to the national finals and students are awarded gold, silver and bronze certificates for their performances. 

Facilities

Maths is taught in a dedicated set of rooms. All maths rooms are equipped with interactive Smart whiteboards, with up to date mathematical software.