Why study maths?
Maths skills are important to success both in school and everyday life. Maths skills are required to:
– Manage money and time.
– Explaining how to solve problems.
– In the use of technology.
– To solve problems and make informed decisions.
Maths has links with many subjects including Science, Geography, Technology, Physical Education, Economics and computing.
- To be able to use a calculator accurately to carry out calculations.
- To use workings to clearly communicate solutions to problems.
- To create a positive attitude towards mathematics.
- To develop sound numerical skills.
- To develop a willingness to use algebraic skills to solve problems.
- To develop an understanding of statistical enquiry.
- To use and apply mathematics to solve problems.
In April 20 of our year 8 students took part in the UK Mathematics Trust Junior Maths Challenge. Tabor students were awarded one gold, one silver and five bronze certificates.
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
Pupils follow the EdExcel A level Maths course. All elements of the course are compulsory and the course assessment is 100% examination of all the elements. There are three equally weighted papers, each 2 hours long and each worth 100 marks. All questions within each paper are compulsory. Papers one and two cover the Pure elements of the course whilst paper 3 covers the Statistics and Mechanics elements.