The aim of our teaching in mathematics is to enable students to develop their mathematical skills and understanding to the limit of their capabilities and to equip them for the demands that lie ahead of them in adult life, in employment and study. The courses seek to develop an appreciation and enjoyment of Mathematics, to raise their awareness of its importance and to contribute to the student's overall development.
DBGS has four maths teachers. Mrs. J. Chambers, Mrs. D. Merza, Mrs. H. Homsi, Mr. Andrew Hepworth
The maths department sponsors the Maths fun week in school, a time of team games and puzzles in addition to year 8 rocket week and regular team work across year groups.
In years 10 and 11 the course is focused upon the requirements of IGCSE. Candidates will be entered, as appropriate, for IGCSE with Cambridge International Examinations www.cie.org.uk at the Extended or Core Level. The IGCSE examinations consists of two papers, a short answer paper consisting of 35% of the marks and a long answer paper with 65% taken at the end of Year 11. In recent years, students in the advanced maths class have been entered early for the examinations.
Appropriate use of technology such as calculators and computers is encouraged at all levels with a view that pupils should become familiar with their potential. We recommend that all students buy a CASIO fx83ES scientific calculator. Practice and consolidation is an extremely important part of any Mathematics course thus all year groups receive 2 × 45-minute homework exercises a week.