Maths skills are important to a child’s success – both at school and in everyday life. Understanding maths also builds confidence and opens the door to a range of career options.
In our everyday lives, understanding maths enables us to:
- Manage time and money, and handle everyday situations that involve numbers (for example, calculate how much time we need to get to work, how much food we need in order to feed our families, and how much money that food will cost);
- Understand patterns in the world around us and make predictions based on patterns (for example, predict traffic patterns to decide on the best time to travel);
- Solve problems and make sound decisions;
- Explain how we solved a problem and why we made a particular decision;
- Use of technology (for example, calculators and computers) to help solve problems.
Knowing how to do maths makes our day-to-day lives easier!
Mathematics has links to many other subjects including Science, Geography, Technology, Art and Design and P.E.
How will my child learn mathematics at Tabor?
We believe that children learn math’s best through activities that encourage them to:
- Think about what they are exploring;
- Solve problems using information they have gathered themselves;
- Explain how they reached their solutions.
Children learn easily when they can connect math concepts and procedures to their own experience.
An important part of learning maths is learning how to solve problems. We encourage pupils to use trial and error to develop their ability to reason and to learn how to go about problem solving. They learn that there may be more than one way to solve a problem and more than one answer. They also learn to express themselves clearly as they explain their solutions. This is particularly important within the new maths curriculum.
Key Stage 5
A level mathematics involves 3 sub-topics per year that make up the whole A-Level. In year 12, students will study Core 1 and Core 2, with the third stand usually being Statistics. If students want to go on to do engineering at university, then mechanics would be what is needed to be studied as the third strand.
In year 13, students have to sit Core 3 and the normal route would then be to complete Statistics 2, and Decision 1 (or Mechanics 1, if that wasn’t completed in year 12). The examination board for A- Level is Edexcel.
The entrance requirement to study maths as an A-level is a minimum of a B in maths and science, but to perform well in the A-Level achieving an A or A* at GCSE is preferable.
More detailed information is found on the mathematics section of the website.