Mathematics is a creative, complex and continually evolving discipline providing the solution to some of history’s most fascinating problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering and vital for financial literacy.
At Saint John Houghton CVA we aim to develop in students an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject. In Years 7, 8 and 9 students study a variety of different areas of mathematics including integers and roots, forming and solving equations, angles and shapes, data and interpreting results and ratio and proportion. Students become fluent in the fundamentals before applying their skills and knowledge to increasingly complex and non-routine problems. They develop the skills needed to be able to move fluently between different mathematical ideas and apply their mathematical knowledge in science, geography, computing and other subjects.
At GCSE we follow the AQA mathematics specification. Students are able to build upon the knowledge and skills acquired during Key Stage 3 to continue to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. We also offer an additional Further Maths GCSE qualification to stretch and challenge our highest attaining students where they are introduced to topics such as calculus and matrices and further develop their skills in algebra, geometry, trigonometry, functions and graphs.