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 and includes lessons focusing on problem solving techniques. Pupils are taught in their form groups in Year 7 but are then grouped by ability in Year 8 through to Year 11. 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 explore many varied areas of Mathematics and better prepares them for studying Higher Level in the Sixth Form.
IB Mathematics is offered via two strands - Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches, and Mathematics: Applications and Interpretations – both of which are available at Standard Level (SL) and Higher Level (HL), with all four courses involving a significant exploration that contributes to the final assessment.
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