Key Stage 3
At Camden School for Girls the aim is to make the study of Mathematics enjoyable and relevant for all pupils.
When pupils enter the school in Year 7, they are put into mixed ability groups for the first half term. Setting is used through the remainder of year 7 and for years 8 and 9.
The syllabus is led by the National Curriculum. Pupils are taught to develop means of organising, communicating and manipulating information over a broad range of topics. The emphasis is on problem-solving, investigations and practical activities. Pupils are encouraged to use their own initiative and imagination when tackling a variety of tasks.
Key Stage 4
GCSE Mathematics is an invaluable qualification that is always in demand in both the employment markets and as a foundation for further study. The ability to understand logical arguments and numerical information is a quality greatly desired. The subject itself has the power to fascinate young people just as it always has and for this reason alone it remains a highly popular GCSE.
The GCSE offered aims to develop a positive attitude towards the subject and an appreciation of its numerous roles which includes seeing Mathematics as of value in itself. These aims will be achieved through teaching and learning strategies which are enjoyable but nevertheless require hard work.
Currently in Year11 we follow the Edexcel Linear Syllabus. All students will be entered for the Higher Tier in 2015. Students in Year 10 are following the new Edexcel Linear 9.1 course at either Higher or Foundation level.
Key Stage 5
A comprehensive understanding of Mathematics is an invaluable tool for a wide variety of academic and vocational pursuits. Mathematical techniques are used in many disciplines and the concepts behind these techniques can also be explored in their own right. Students choosing this A level should enjoy the challenge of investigating and solving mathematical problems.
In the pure modules students develop their understanding and confidence in using mathematics. Topics include advanced algebra, trigonometry, logarithms, numerical methods, sequences and calculus. In the two applied modules students use these skills to model real life problems. In Statistics (studied in Year 12) students learn to analyse data critically and draw sensible conclusions from it. In Mechanics (studied in Year 13) students make learn to make assumptions about physical situations so they can be described mathematically.
Further Mathematics involves deeper study of Mathematics and its applications. The pure modules introduce a comprehensive range of powerful mathematical techniques such as complex numbers, matrices and hyperbolic functions. In the applied modules these are applied to problems involving circular motion and hypothesis testing.