Math's Subject Intent Statement:
Mathematics is the science that deals with the logic of shape, quantity and arrangement. It provides uniquely powerful ways to describe, analyse and change the world and is fundamental to personal and national prosperity. At a more profound, philosophical level, the universe mysteriously seems to follow strict mathematical laws evident through scientific observation. However, these same laws also have a self-contained logic, which exists outside of time and space, in a realm beyond the reach of humankind.
Engineers use mathematics to develop the efficient, reliable and safe products that surround us. The financial sector provides the services that allow us to own and protect assets and enjoy financial security throughout our lives. Economists provide us with a stable environment by collecting and analysing data, identifying trends and making predictions so that action can be taken to benefit from opportunities or deal with threats.
On a personal level, mathematics allows students to exercise control of their lives by giving them an understanding of the implications and consequences of any decisions they make. The study of mathematics also trains students to approach and analyse problems in both creative and systematic ways, a skill that is transferrable to other aspects of their lives.
In this context it is our intention to make mathematical thinking a habit of mind. We provide all students with a solid foundation of numeracy and practical skills that will allow them to cope with the everyday situations they will face in the future. We enable students to become proficient in standard mathematical techniques and challenge them to apply these standard techniques to problems within mathematical and other contexts. We encourage students to experience the sense of accomplishment that arises from finding a creative solution to a complex problem. We teach students to reason, interpret and communicate proficiently in the international language of mathematics.
Through our teaching we aim to provide students with the skills they need to succeed in their chosen career paths and make a significant contribution to society as a whole.
Mr M AlexanderDirector of Learning: Maths
Mr M Alexander