What began life as an elementary tool for stock taking in the ancient world has evolved beyond all recognition into a repository of ideas, knowledge and methods, which at times rightly deserves superlatives such as “profound” and “elegant”. At the same time, these concepts and ideas have developed such power that they have helped drive the creation of the wonders of modern technology.
In Years 7, 8 and 9 at Surbiton, we focus on numeracy and deepening the girls’ understanding of how numbers work, leading to the abstractions of Algebra, as well as developing their mathematical intuition through problem-solving activities. In Years 10 and 11 these concepts are drawn together to form a structured body of knowledge to be applied to the IGCSE examination in Year 11.
Girls at Surbiton participate in the annual Maths Challenges organised by the UKMT, with girls in Years 8, 10 and 12 being entered for the Junior, Intermediate and Senior challenges respectively. The girls enjoy considerable success, with a healthy number of Bronze, Silver and Gold certificates being awarded each year.
We also prepare girls in Years 9 and 12 to participate in the Intermediate and Senior Team Challenges respectively and each year a team of four girls is selected to enter a local heat of these competitions.
For the most able in Year 11, we offer the AQA Further Mathematics course that runs within the timetabled Mathematics lessons.
Mathematics is a very popular option for girls in the Sixth Form, with many girls opting for the subject as a pursuit in its own right, and many choosing it to support other subjects. We are able to offer choices of Applied modules in Mechanics, Statistics and Decision Mathematics and each year we have a healthy cohort of girls studying Further Mathematics, where again we are able to support almost any choice of study area.
Mathematics lessons at Surbiton regularly feature opportunities to explore material away from that required for external examinations; however, we believe that by focusing on the underlying structure of the subject, even the most routine of topics can be made challenging and exciting.