“If mathematics is to be understood widely, we need to emphasise its elegance and its applications. Sometimes it seems that universities want to emphasise how difficult it is!”
Our aim in LEA is to create confident and numerate students who are able to progress to Key Stage 4 and beyond. We use a range of differentiated materials to cater for students of all abilities and this will allow them to develop fluency, reason mathematically, solve increasingly sophisticated problems and become effective decision makers. We assess our students by a combination of classwork, homework and end of term tests, which are then used to monitor and track the progress that they are making.
We have context questions and lessons that focus on real life maths, STEM and finance. The real life maths helps students to improve their ability to use maths in everyday situations. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. This shows how the real world relies on maths. For example, finding out things like how charities use maths in their fundraising, how engineers monitor water flow in rivers, and why diamonds sparkle (among many other things).
The Mathematics department in LEA follow the new National Curriculum for Mathematics in Key Stage 3. The content we cover in our 2 year Key Stage 3 Scheme of Work falls under the following strands: Number, Algebra, Ratio, Proportion, Rates of change, Geometry and Measures, Probability and Statistics.