Mathematics

At Queen Elizabeth’s, Mathematics is a hugely popular subject. Its intriguing, complex and hugely diverse content covers both pure and applied Mathematics. Pure Mathematics harnesses the powers of logic and deduction to uncover patterns and make generalisations, while applied Maths uses Mathematics to model situations in the real world. In both cases, pupils learn to solve complex problems by arguing clearly and concisely, skills undoubtedly transferable to all their studies. Some will want to study Mathematics in its abstract form beyond School and others will use their mathematical skills and knowledge in engineering, economics, or more generally in their everyday life.    

Maths lessonLessons in Mathematics are varied and include time for pupils to think about and discuss challenging problems, to develop their mental agility and speed, and to practise constructing mathematically correct and rigorous arguments. We use interactive white boards and other ICT software whenever appropriate to support learning. 

QE boys follow an accelerated scheme of work in Mathematics, beginning the National Curriculum's Year 8 programme of study from the Spring Term of Year 7 and the Key Stage 3 Year 9 programme of study in the Spring Term of Year 8. Regular mental arithmetic and functional skills practice takes place from Year 7 to Year 9 and all groups at Key Stage 3 have formal assessments in using and applying Mathematics. These assessments allow boys to structure their own solution to an investigation, communicate their ideas mathematically and arrive at justified and well-balanced conclusions.

We follow the Edexcel examination board's GCSE and A-level syllabuses. Boys start the Mathematics GCSE Higher Tier course in March of Year 9. The course covers number, ratio & proportion, algebra, geometry and statistics, requiring requires boys to link the strands together in new ways. As at Key Stage 3, boys will be examined on their ability to solve problems in new contexts and decide which Mathematics is the most appropriate to tackle any given scenario.

All A-level and AS candidates study a combination of both pure and applied modules, making the course appropriate for all pupils, regardless of their future career aspirations. Further Maths A-level and AS-level are available for those most able. For A-level students taking the Advanced Extension Award, support is provided at a time convenient to both pupil and teacher. We also support Cambridge candidates taking STEP (Sixth Term Examination Papers – three papers used to assess applicants' aptitude) and offer mock interviews for all Oxbridge applicants.

The Mathematics Department provides pupils with an extensive range of academic support and enrichment. Boys can either simply drop in at our weekly Maths Clinic or come along following referral by a class teacher. Extra-curricular opportunities in Mathematics comprise events and trips for all year groups, ranging from ‘Maths Fair’ for Year 7 to ‘Maths in Action’ and ‘LMS popular lectures’ for the Further Mathematicians. The department also runs a regular Maths Club (Year 7 and 8) and Cryptography Club, in addition to the fortnightly Élite Maths mentoring scheme.

Pupils in every year group take part in the UK Maths Challenge organised by the University of Leeds, with some going through to the Kangaroo and Olympiad follow-on rounds. There are Mathematics lectures for Years 10 and 12 and a Masterclass at the University of Hertfordshire for QE boys from Year 9. Other events in which our pupils take part include the Hans Woyda inter-school quiz and the Junior (Year 8 and 9), Intermediate (Year 10) and Senior (Year 12) Team Maths Challenges.

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