Spiritual development within Mathematics
Developing deep thinking and questioning the way in which the world works promotes the spiritual growth of students. In Maths lessons pupils are always encouraged to delve deeper into their understanding of Mathematics and how it relates to the world around them. The skills of analysing data are taught from Year 7 to Year 11 to enable students to make sense of vast amounts of data available in the modern world around them. Sequences, patterns, measures and ultimately the entire study of Mathematics was created to make more sense of the world around us and we enable each of our students to use Maths as a tool to explore it more fully.
Moral development within Mathematics
The moral development of pupils is an important thread running through the entire mathematics syllabus. Within the classroom, we encourage respect, reward good behaviour. We value listening to others views and opinions on problem solving. We promote discussion about mathematical understanding and challenge assumptions, supporting students to question information and data that they are presented with. We explore and evaluate the use of Statistics to inform or mislead in our current data obsessed society. Percentage work across Key Stage 3 and 4 is clearly linked to current financial topics such as loans, debts and investment returns.
Social development within Mathematics
Problem solving skills and teamwork are fundamental to Mathematics, through creative thinking, discussion, explaining and presenting ideas. Students are always encouraged to develop their Mathematical reasoning skills, communicating with others and explaining concepts to each other. Self and peer reviewing are very important to enable pupils to have an accurate grasp of where they are and how they need to improve. Working together in pairs or groups and supporting others is a key part of Maths lessons. We exhibit pupils work in maths classrooms – to share their good practice and celebrate achievement through creating informative displays. We participate annually in Team Maths Challenges, by hosting an event in Herefordshire and nationally in UKMT Challenges. We advertise and encourage open days with KS2 pupils.
Cultural development within Mathematics
Mathematics is a universal language with a myriad of cultural inputs throughout the ages. We encourage the teaching of various approaches to Mathematics including the Chinese lattice method for multiplication. We also explore the Mathematics applied in different cultures such as Rangoli patterns, symmetry, tessellations and Islamic geometric patterns. The ability to use exchange rates for foreign travel are also important life skills students will learn.