Mathematics is an essential, transferable skill as well as being a fascinating subject in it's own right. At The Cooper School we work hard to instill in our students the importance of perseverance; making links between topics; explaining and justifying their reasoning and becoming fluent with the key skills that will enable them to progress in this fundamental core subject.
At The Cooper School, students work on investigations using problem-solving approaches in meaningful contexts. Year 7 and 8 are taught in mixed ability classes with students who grasp concepts quickly having their mathematical understanding deepened by encouraging them to look at non-routine problems rather than accelerating them through new content.
Mathematics is a creative and highly interconnected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
DfE July 2014