Mathematics

The Avonbourne College Maths Department inspire intellectual curiosity through encouraging students to be inquisitive in their studies, to build their confidence and to be creative throughout their learning journey.

Key contact: Miss Claire Morrissy
E-mail: claire.morrissy@avonbournetrust.org

 

 

The Curriculum
 

 

For the Enthusiast

Dates for your diary:

Make a note of Number Day on Friday 1st February 2019 – see www.nspcc.org.uk 
NSPCC Number Day is a fun, nationwide mathematics fundraising event for children and young people of all ages that helps raise money to support the NSPCC.

Pi Day is on Thursday 14th March 2019, celebrating one of maths’ most famous numbers – see www.piday.org

World Maths Day is one of the world's largest global educational events aimed at lifting numeracy standards in a fun and meaningful way. This year it will be celebrated on Tuesday 12th March 2019.

Mathematics Awareness Month 2019: April marks a time to increase the understanding and appreciation of mathematics and statistics. Both subjects play a significant role in addressing many real-world problems—climate change, disease, sustainability, the data deluge, internet security, and much more – see www.awarenessdays.com/awareness-days-calendar/mathematics-and-statistics-awareness-month-2019

Enrichment tasks for Key Stage 3 and 4:

How many squares are there on a chess board? (It is not 64!)
Find lots of interesting mathematical problems at www.mathsisfun.com/puzzles/

To test and deepen your mathematical understanding, try answering some of the questions and quizzes at www.diagnosticquestions.com/Questions

What is the Fibonacci sequence and why is it so important? Who invented zero? Learn about the history of Maths at www.mathsisgoodforyou.com

Just for fun:

For puzzles and mathematical games, go to: www.ilovemathsgames.com

Careers in Mathematics:

What careers are open to successful mathematicians? Visit www.mathscareers.org.uk to find out how learning Mathematics can open up a whole world of opportunities.

Core Maths:

Core Maths is a new Level 3 course for students in post 16 education who have passed GCSE Maths at grade 4 and above but have decided not to study A Level Mathematics. Avonbourne 6th Form is one of only a small number of Colleges across the region that offer this course.  The course was introduced by the Department of Education in September 2014, and forms part of the Government’s plan to increase participation and raise standards in mathematics education.  Currently only 20% of students study mathematics beyond GCSE in the UK, in Japan this figure is 85%. The course has been designed in association with employers, universities and professional bodies as valuable preparation for employment and further studies.  The course carried the same UCAS points as an AS Level (30 points for a pass).