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Mathematics

Pupils who enjoy Mathematics do so because of its challenge, its clarity, and the fact that you know when you are right. The solution of a problem has an excitement that can produce an enormous sense of satisfaction. Students who continue with Mathematics beyond GCSE enjoy a wide range of career options - the abilities to use logical thought, to formulate problems, to make deductions from starting assumptions and to use advanced concepts all ensure that mathematicians are in demand.

Mathematics is about pattern and structure and is central to our existence as it underpins almost every aspect of our day-to-day lives. It has led to stunning developments in Health and Medicine, Research, Business, Finance, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Engineering, Psychology and Technology.

The Mathematics Department strives to promote curiosity in all aspects of the subject. Additionally, we aim to equip our pupils with the ability to communicate abstract ideas effectively and to develop confidence in their ability to do so. Within our lessons, wherever possible, we pose questions that demand a depth of thinking or require several different mathematical techniques to derive their solutions. In order to give maximum engagement, an emphasis on relating Mathematics to real life problems and scenarios is incorporated into lessons to give meaning to what is being taught. Mathematical games, competitions and kinaesthetic materials are regularly used in lessons to make learning fun and to maximise understanding. Above all, we aim to instil a real enjoyment of Mathematics and an appreciation of the beauty of its concepts.

The Department understands and recognises that pupils have different experiences of Mathematics. Some pupils cannot get enough of the subject, and we aim to stretch such pupils with our extension activities and participation in national competitions and events. These include individual and team events from Year 8 to Year 13, and exclusive invitation only events run within Norfolk, and beyond.

Other pupils benefit from the additional support that is offered. We have assistant teachers in lessons where required. We offer a number of ‘Mathematics Clinics’ at lunchtimes and after school each week which are open to all. Learning support also provides specialist assistance to individual and small groups specifically to help all pupils to reach their potential.