At St Julian's the department’s main aim is to encourage students to enjoy mathematics; from this basis they can go on to develop an appreciation of the subject as both intellectually stimulating and useful.
We try to create an environment where all students feel successful regardless of their abilities. Students who find the subject more challenging are typically taught in smaller groups.
Students are also encouraged to participate in both the Portuguese maths competitions and UKMT Mathematical Challenges held throughout the year with a few from each year group being invited to participate in the follow-on rounds.
There is an enthusiastic and dedicated staff of seven full time and two part time teachers in the department, which occupies six teaching rooms.
Teachers make extensive use of the school’s ICT resources and many courses are supported by resources on the eLearning website. Emphasis is placed on using generic office or free software so that students take skills with them when they leave the school, be it to their university studies or the world of employment.
In Years 7 to 8 students follow a modified National Numeracy Strand of the Key Stage 3 Strategy; this provides continuity for students coming through from Primary School.
In Year 9 all students start the Edexcel IGCSE Mathematics course which offers them a sound basis for the IB mathematics courses to follow.
Key Stage 4
Students continue with the Edexcel IGCSE Mathematics course with approximately
half the cohort sitting the exam in January of Year 11.
For these students there is the opportunity to study and be examined in the AQA Level 2 Further Mathematics course at the end of year 11.
In addition to the compulsory IGCSE Mathematics course we also offer Edexcel AS Mathematics (C1, C2 and D1) as an optional subject. This course is designed to appeal to students who are high achievers in Mathematics, and offers them the opportunity to study areas of the subject not covered by IB Higher level Mathematics, thereby widening their knowledge and understanding of the subject.
All IB Diploma students take Mathematics at some level, and the department offers four Mathematics options as part of the Diploma programme; two at Higher Level and two at Standard Level.
This demanding course is aimed at students with a proven track record of excellence in Mathematics who are looking for an intellectual challenge and intend to go on and study courses such as Mathematics, Economics, Physics or Engineering at university.
This is the more demanding of the two standard Level courses and is suitable for students who are confident in algebra and are looking for a course to give them additional background to support further study in Physics, Chemistry, Economics, Geography, Business or other Higher Education courses with a greater or smaller element of Matehmatics..
Mathematical Studies SL:
While probably the easier Mathematics course on offer, Mathematical Studies still presents significant challenges to students as it reflects applications of Mathematics in real life and therefore requires a degree of competency in Mathematics to ensure success. It can offer useful support to other subjects either in the IB or beyond.
Further Mathematics HL:
This elective course is offered to students with an exceptional background in Mathematics and a high degree of interest in the subject. Most of those opting for this course are intending to go on to study mathematics itself at university, either as a subject in its own right or as a major component of a related subject.
We also offer Mechanics modules M1, M2 and M3 classes as an extra-curricular option, to supplement the IB syllabus for students thinking of studying Engineering at University.
Mathematics teaches persistence, logical thinking, discipline, and an ability to analyse difficult problems. For those with a substantial background in mathematics, an unlimited number of career opportunities are available.
Some popular career choices include: engineering, actuarial science, IT and computing, operations research, bio-mathematics, cryptography, finance, education, telecommunications and healthcare.