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Mathematics

# Maths

WHY STUDY MATHEMATICS?

Mathematics surpasses cultural boundaries and its importance is universally recognised. It contributes to the School Curriculum by developing students’ ability to solve problems and handle data. You transfer a lot of skills learnt in Mathematics to other subjects e.g. in Geography, you need to interpret statistical diagrams and in Science, you need to use formulas and solve equations.

WHAT WILL I LEARN ABOUT IN MATHEMATICS IN KEY STAGE 3?

You will be taught the Secondary Mathematics Framework which is as follows:

1 Mathematical processes and applications

• 1.1 Representing
• 1.2 Analysing – use mathematical reasoning
• 1.3 Analysing – use appropriate mathematical procedures
• 1.4 Interpreting and evaluating
• 1.5 Communicating and reflecting

2 Number

• 2.1 Place value, ordering and rounding
• 2.2 Integers, powers and roots
• 2.3 Fractions, decimals, percentages, ratio and proportion
• 2.4 Number operations
• 2.5 Mental calculation methods
• 2.6 Written calculation methods
• 2.7 Calculator methods

3 Algebra

• 3.1 Equations, formulae, expressions and identities
• 3.2 Sequences, functions and graphs

4 Geometry and measures

• 4.1 Geometrical reasoning
• 4.2 Transformations and coordinates
• 4.3 Construction and loci
• 4.4 Measures and mensuration

5 Statistics

• 5.1 Specifying a problem, planning and collecting data
• 5.2 Processing and representing data
• 5.3 Interpreting and discussing results
• 5.4 Probability.

WHAT WILL I LEARN ABOUT IN MATHEMATICS IN KEY STAGE 4?

All GCSE courses in Mathematics follow the National Curriculum, so you will carry on from the work completed at Key Stage 3.

The topics are:

• Number
• Algebra
• Ratio, proportion and rates of change
• Geometry and measures
• Probability
• Statistics

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE SKILLS I WILL GAIN?

By studying GCSE Mathematics, you will be able to reason clearly and logically, set out a rational argument and find solutions to problems in real life. You will be able to understand the Mathematics likely to be encountered in daily adult life and develop your ability to solve problems systematically and select the correct technique for the solution.

Studied at Key Stage 3
Studied at Key Stage 4

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