At EPA we believe that Maths surrounds us in every moment of our lives. We see and use it in everyday life, for example percentages in shopping and mortgages. Number patterns exist in nature for example the Fibonacci Series and the Golden Ratio and the language of Maths is international. Therefore, it is vital that our students are fluent in the fundamentals of Mathematics, be able to reason mathematically and be confident problem solvers if they are to become successful in the world of business.
At KS3 we build upon the early work of KS2 to develop their skills whilst consolidating their understanding of number and shape and algebra. Students will see how Mathematical ideas apply and link with other departments such as Science, Geography and Computing. Units in KS3 looks to teach students how to:
- Reason Mathematically to breakdown complex tasks into smaller ones
- Use algebra to generalise the structure of arithmetic
- Develop the ability to freely move between different versions of number including ratio, fractions, decimals and percentages.
At KS4 students are shown that whilst Maths can be separated into different domains (such as Shape and Space, Algebra, Data Handling and Number), these domains interact with each other to produce a well-rounded student with the ability to be successful in achieving their future goals.
We consolidate their skills learned in KS3 but extend their fluency and encourage them to model new situations mathematically. This enables them to solve complex problems from real life situations. To ensure that all students are stretched to their potential, additional material is taught to highly attaining pupils.
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