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Welcome to the Mathematics Department

Curriculum Intent: Mathematics

We study Mathematics in order to become better at solving problems, arising either from Mathematics itself, or modelled from structures and systems in the real world. Mathematics encourages us to identify patterns, to categorise, and to make logical deductions and predictions from facts presented or assumed.

As part of a STEM academy the Mathematics department motivates students to question the abstract science of number, quantity and space. Our Mastery Curriculum is ambitious, designed to excite students and develop them into fluent mathematicians who can reason, problem solve and articulate their understanding of mathematical situations. Students take pride in their mathematics, are inquisitive, celebrate mistakes as learning opportunities and apply mathematical skills to Science, Computing and Engineering.

Through our learning journey students make informed decisions about their future employment and education. The mathematical skills gained at NUAST allow students to be successful citizens and contribute to the local and wider economical community, increasing their social mobility.

Mathematics is a branch of abstract reasoning that is curiously useful for understanding the universe. The numbers, operations and constructions of Mathematics exist only in their purest form in the mind of the mathematician, but understanding their behaviour is a powerful tool for solving problems in the real world. Mathematics is a discipline in which problem solving, lateral thinking and imaginative reasoning are as valuable as a facility for careful and accurate calculation.

The Mathematics department is comprised of six teachers with different life and teaching experiences. We each bring our own set of skills to the team and like to think we work well as one!

Mathematics is compulsory until the end of Year 11 and is a popular A level choice, meaning we have a large cohort of year 12 and 13 students who study A2 Mathematics, along with a class in each year group studying Further Mathematics. Several students go on to successfully study degree courses which require them to have achieved highly in A2 Mathematics. Students engage well with the subject in lessons and enjoy attending enrichment activities and afterschool sessions which support their learning.

We have six dedicated mathematics classrooms and we have regular access to ICT rooms during lessons. Each classroom has an interactive whiteboard and sound system to enhance delivery of the subject.

We regularly share resources as a team of teachers and we aim to give the students the best possible experience of the subject; in return we expect students to always do their best, which often includes building resilience when they find topics hard.

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