The study of mathematics is about gaining confidence in exploring, manipulating and describing the patterns ever-present in the world around us. At Baskerville School, students work towards accredited maths qualifications whilst building valuable critical-thinking and problem-solving skills that will help them to successfully navigate the real world.
In each of the three Key Stages, students take part in three lessons of maths per week. Students are both supported to develop a deep and solid understanding of maths, and challenged to further that understanding through the investigation of more complex concepts.
The curriculum is split across three strands: number, shape and space, and statistics and problem solving, although the majority of topics draw upon more than one of those strands. Baskerville students follow a curriculum pathway in maths that is tailored to them individually, working towards a qualification that is sufficiently challenging and achievable. These include Entry Level qualifications through either an examination or portfolio route, Level 1 and Level 2 Functional Skills qualifications, and Level 2 GCSE examinations.
All of our students have the opportunity to take part in at least one maths enrichment activity per academic year in order to appreciate just how relevant the subject is. This year activities include a visit from Dr Tom Crawford of the University of Oxford to examine the Platonic solids, cracking codes and using ciphers with the team from Bletchley Park, designing sustainable energy solutions with engineers working in industry, and exploring the maths inherent in the racing industry with charity Racing to School.
Ultimately, the Faculty aims to instil a genuine love of maths in our students by presenting them with engaging and creative curriculum activities that enable them to develop mathematically whatever their starting point.