Mathematics reveals hidden patterns that help us understand the surrounding world; it is the science that deals with the logic of shape, quantity and arrangement. The more complex a society, the more complex the mathematical needs. Our department aims to provide pupils with insights into many diverse areas of Mathematics while developing their problem-solving skills, helping them make creative and efficient use of technology and enabling them to communicate ideas and methods precisely and logically.
The Mathematics department is located in Old School, at the heart of the campus, is well resourced, and is staffed by a large body of specialist teachers who possess a wide range of experience within both Pure and Applied Mathematics. In addition to encouraging pupils to be confident and achieve well in the subject, our main aim is to develop mathematical thinking.
The curriculum in the Lower School introduces and develops skills in all of the main areas of Mathematics. Pupils are taught in their form groups in Year 7 but are then set in Year 8. By the end of Year 11 when public examinations occur many pupils have also completed the Additional Mathematics course. This additional material allows pupils to enjoy many varied areas of Mathematics and better prepares them for studying the IB in the Sixth Form.
Mathematics is a compulsory subject for the IB and there are three different courses that can be studied. Higher Level is a challenging and rigorous course for those with a very strong interest and ability in Mathematics; Standard Level is a demanding academic course; Mathematical Studies enables pupils to continue their study of Mathematics post-16 and is recommended for non-specialist Mathematicians.
Mathematics today is a diverse discipline and through its study we gain a deeper understanding of the world.
Mathematics is no more computation than typing is literature.
John Allen Paulos
Head of Department: Mr Guy Howdengxh@sevenoaksschool.org