Mathematics & Computing Specialism

Our Mathematics and Computing specialism will support whole-school performance through cross-curricular themes in lessons every term. Examples of these experiences in KS3 will include:

  • Maths with Geography and Science: coherent/consistent approach to graphicacy
  • Maths with Science: statistical techniques, error bars in data representations
  • Maths with English: cryptanalysis (the mathematical basis for types of code)
  • Maths with Music: beats, chords, harmonics
  • Maths and Computing with Humanities: examining population growth including modelling future growth
  • Computing with English: technical writing including notes on coding
  • Computing with Art: JavaScript for programming artistic designs and illustrations
  • Computing with Music: music technology and musical concepts through coding (e.g. NeboMusic)

Mathematics

The school will be a centre of scholastic excellence in its specialism subjects of Mathematics and Computing. This will not only provide essential skills for living and working in the 21st century but will also provide leverage for whole-school improvement through cross-curricular working.

Maths, including core numeracy skills, is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary in most forms of employment, yet Maths can be a daunting subject at school to some students. It is nevertheless of vital importance in the secondary 11-18 curriculum with regard to learning in other subjects. To support our work, we will maintain strong links with the Mathematical Association.

We will overcome any potential barriers to learning by ensuring that mathematical experiences are fun and enjoyable, including by setting maths in relevant contexts and by use of age-appropriate mathematical games and puzzles. Our young mathematicians will become increasingly confident when working with abstract mathematical concepts and generalisations, developing an argument, justification or proof using appropriate mathematical language.

Students can expect to deepen and extend their knowledge of algebra, trigonometry and statistics, as well as being introduced to calculus and mechanics. At A-level, they will encounter maths which would normally be met at university. They will be taught to apply mathematical skills independently in order to solve problems that involve several stages of logic and in so doing will be prepared not only for GCSE and A-level examinations but for participation in national and international competitions.

Computing

Computing skills including coding are critical to the future working lives of students currently at school. In addition to learning about programming languages, students will engage in abstract thinking, problem-solving and algorithmic and mathematical thinking. Students will learn to write and test programmes, including the use of relational databases, and understand the system development lifecycle. Furthermore, they will be taught about the ethical and legal constraints around using computing systems.

To demonstrate the importance of computing for students’ futures we will treat Computing (coding) as a discrete subject and core skill alongside literacy and numeracy in KS3 and Computing as a core subject in KS4.

A clear framework for e-safety detailing the responsible use of learning technology will be developed in line with the latest best practice guidance as part of our high-quality safeguarding framework.

It has been estimated that by 2024 in the UK there will be 1.4 million jobs created involving computer sciences, but only around 400,000 graduates suitably qualified to do them without appropriate curriculum adaptation*. We will be failing in our duty if we fail to prepare students for their working (and leisure) lives of the future they will help to shape.

*IBTimes UK