Our aim is for pupils to enjoy Maths and be able to use their skills throughout life and not only as a means of passing tests and exams. Mathematics is central to our understanding of the world in which we live, to our control of our environment, and to the organisation of our society. It underpins science, technology, medicine, economics and government. We believe we offer a programme which enables all pupils to reach their potential and provides them with a necessary grounding in mathematics for life after Kirkburton.
Pupils are given the opportunity to work in pairs and groups where they learn to work with each other and understand how different people solve problems in various ways. Pupils are encouraged to respect the opinions and beliefs of others when discussing mathematics. Pupils will learn the origins of mathematics and that it comes from different cultures.
The moral development of pupils is an important thread running through the mathematics programme. The pupils take part in various projects using maths in real life contexts, applying and exploring the skills required to solve problems. Year 8 pupils have looked at ‘Pay Day Loans’ and the choices and implications involved in these.
We follow national guidelines as the basis for our schemes of work. Pupils will cover work on number, calculations, shape, space and measures, handling data and algebra. They will also practice using and applying mathematics in a variety of contexts therefore developing the functional aspect of Maths.
Pupils are set, and set their own, targets for improvement which encourages independent work.
We offer several extra-curricular opportunities including the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) club. Pupils are entered into mathematics based quizzes against other schools and we also participate in the annual UK Maths Challenge.
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Some employment areas that look for strong mathematical backgrounds include: Accountancy, Aerospace, Bio-sciences, Medicine, Computing (including game programming), Engineering, Architecture, Banking, Insurance, all science based industries.
See www.mathscareers.org.uk/article/who-employs-mathematicians for further info.