Kirkham Grammar School

Independent Co-Educational Day and Boarding School

    Mathematics

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    Introduction

    Mathematics forms an integral part of everyday life.  All things we take for granted rely on Mathematics to some extent, from mobile 'phones to air travel.  It is also vital for many other subjects studied at Kirkham Grammar School.  For this reason, a strong foundation in this subject is essential.

    Our approach to the teaching of Mathematics is primarily traditional with the use of investigations where appropriate, giving the students a firm grounding in the subject whilst also developing their problem solving skills and ability for logical thought.

    Lower School (First - Third Year)

    In the Lower School students study according to the six main areas of the national curriculum: Number, Algebra, Ratio, Proportion and Rates of Change, Geometry and Measures, Probability and Statistics.

    As a department we recognise that not all students have the same needs and aptitude, but strive to help all students achieve their greatest potential.  To this end, we use setting from Second Year upwards (and limited setting in the First Year) in order to place individuals with their mathematical peers. 

    We also provide extra support in the form of lunchtime workshops.  The open attitude of the department means that students can always approach them for help when required.

    Middle School (Fourth - Fifth Year)

    GCSE Mathematics

    Board: Edexcel

    The six main areas of the National Curriculum are continued in the Middle School at a more advanced level.

    Senior School (Sixth Form)

    A-level Core & Mechanics, Core & Statistics, and Further Mathematics

    Board: Edexcel

    All students study Core Mathematics which builds on the techniques learnt at GCSE.  students also choose an applied option which may be Mechanics (linked closely with Physics) or Statistics (useful for Biology, Psychology and Business Studies).

    Two A2 qualifications can be obtained in Mathematics.  Further Mathematics covers Core, Mechanics and Statistics and also Decision Mathematics which consists of techniques used to solve real world problems.

    Extra-Curricular

    • UKMT National Mathematics Challenges (external competitions for Lower, Middle & Senior school pupils)
    • Team Mathematics Challenges (external competitions for Lower & Senior school pupils)
    • House Mathematics (internal competitions for Lower & Senior school pupils)
    • Further Mathematics (AQA Level 2 Certificate in Mathematics for more able Middle school pupils)
    • Master Classes at Lancaster University Mathematics Department (for selected Middle school pupils)
    • Maths Support is available every day at school during lunchtime for pupils to ask questions about Maths problems

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