Mathematics

At The Cedars we aim to inspire our students to appreciate the elegance and beauty that permeates all areas of mathematics and to develop a curiosity to explore the connections between different areas of the subject.

Mathematics has beauty and romance. It’s not a boring place to be, the mathematical world. It’s an extraordinary place; it’s worth spending time there. Marcus du Sautoy

Mathematics is much more than the language and tool of science, it also provides marvellous opportunities to hone powers of reasoning and cultivate a sense of wonder at the remarkable order, pattern and relation inherent in the world around us.

The universe stands continually open to our gaze, but it cannot be understood unless one first learns to comprehend the language and interpret the characters in which it is written. It is written in the language of mathematics. Galileo

The curriculum is designed to help foster creativity and to develop skills in abstract reasoning and problem solving. At The Cedars, we balance the need for plenty of practice with engaging rich tasks that demand more of students and require them to think outside the box. We enter the UKMT Maths Challenge at all levels to expose our students to some more challenging problems and to further promote their logical reasoning skills.

All students will be prepared for GCSE Mathematics with the Edexcel Exam Board with a good proportion also being entered for the AQA Level 2 Certificate in Further Mathematics to stretch and challenge our more able students and better prepare them for the rigours of A-Level. At A-Level, students follow the OCR Mathematics B (MEI) course for both Mathematics and Further Mathematics.

In most sciences one generation tears down what another has built and what one has established another undoes. In mathematics alone each generation adds a new story to the old structure. Herman Hankel