“ Mathematics is the means of looking at the patterns that make up our world and the intricate and beautiful ways in which they are constructed and realised. Numeracy is the means of making that knowledge useful.”Anon
Mathematics contributes to the school curriculum by developing pupils’ abilities to calculate; to reason, logically, algebraically and geometrically; to solve problems and to handle data. Mathematics is important for pupils in many other areas of study, particularly Science and Technology. It is also important in everyday living, in many forms of employment, and in public decision-making. As a subject in its own right, Mathematics presents frequent opportunities for creativity and can stimulate moments of pleasure and wonder when a problem is solved for the first time, or a more elegant solution to a problem is discovered, or when hidden connections are suddenly manifest.
At Royal High School Bath, we enable pupils to build a secure framework of mathematical reasoning, which they can use and apply with confidence. They learn Mathematics as a connected body of knowledge and develop an understanding of how seemingly disparate ideas interrelate. Our highly experienced teachers employ a variety of resources so that pupils engage fully with their learning. The power of mathematical reasoning lies in its use of precise and concise language and symbolism to reveal and explore general relationships. These forms are used for modelling situations, increasingly by using advancing computational technologies.
Our pupils are given opportunities through trips and invited speakers to hear first-hand how Mathematics is used in real-life situations. In recent months, they have seen Mathematics being used in fields as diverse as Encryption, Fluid Dynamics, Acoustics, Gambling, and Human Relationships.
The subject transcends cultural boundaries and its importance is universally recognised. Their learning of Mathematics helps our pupils to understand and change the world for the better.