“The essence of Mathematics is not to make simple things complicated, but to make complicated things simple” - S. Gudder - Mathematician.
Mathematics has evolved over many centuries; it is now more than just a subject that everyone in school needs to take. Maths knowledge equips pupils with the skills to think logically; to identify and state the problem clearly; to plan how to tackle the problem; and then to apply the appropriate methods to evaluate and solve the problem.
Pupils at Deptford Green learn to evaluate and draw conclusions based on their prior knowledge. This helps them to be successful pupils and also informed citizens
Mathematics also helps us recognize mistakes in thinking or analysis that we encounter in our everyday lives. A solid foundation in mathematics is an essential skill for all pupils.
At key stage 3, we make learning pleasurable and meaningful by incorporating hands-on activities, this is evident in our “Funky Reasoning Fridays” where pupils are exposed to reasoning and problem solving skills, they are encouraged to work as part of a team and to take responsibility for their own learning.
Pupils also cover topics in depth to promote mastery and understanding so that they are “GCSE ready”. They are tested formally at various stages of the year in order to monitor progress. Pupils are encouraged to start taking responsibility in identifying their own strengths and weaknesses so that revision can be focussed on the areas most needed – a skill necessary to take through to Key Stage 4.
During key stage 4 all pupils work towards the national qualification (GCSE).
Teachers aim to ensure that all pupils:
• become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
• reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
• students can solve problems by applying their mathematical knowledge to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.