Mathematics is regarded very highly at St. Constantine’s and universally it traverses over all areas of study. One of our main objectives in the Secondary School is demystification of the difficulty of mathematics. Many students find it challenging and try to escape from mathematics, but it is a vital subject for everyone on a daily basis whatever field you be involved in.
Years 7 – 9
The main topic areas covered are Numbers, Algebra, Geometry, Statistics and Probability. However, we mainly want to develop the students’ reasoning, logical thinking and transfer of knowledge; these are skills that they need to apply in most of the other subjects. Through mathematics, they develop proper decision making, and visual and critical thinking is enhanced by most of the tasks that they have to solve both in class and at home. This makes the subject really fundamental and unquestionably important for each of our students.
In the department, we offer online testing from Year 7 – 9, which gives them the opportunity to compete with other students worldwide.
Years 10 – 11
IGCSE students are required to take Mathematics and a distinction based on ability is between Extended and Core candidates. This supports all abilities of students from the higher achievers to lower achievers.
Years 12 – 13
AS and A2 classes have four different courses that are offered at the school: Pure Mathematics, Mechanics and Statistics with Probability. These courses prepare our students very well for most courses at university level that require mathematics.
Mathematics and Sciences are inseparable and that is why a close link with sciences has been developed at St. Constantine’s – especially in practical lessons. Day trips to banks, supermarkets and accounting firms are occasionally organised so that students can actually experience the application of what they learnt for instance in topics such as personal finance, statistics and even graphing. When co-curricular activities are organised, they incorporate different skills that students might learning during lessons such as a diving trip to Zanzibar has intensive training to understand the effects of pressure on the body and how to calculate decompression times. Other planned activities include: animal identification and statistical analysis of ecosystems within one of the many game reserves here.
Students are encouraged to participate in our annual Inter-house Mathematics competition that tests mental mathematics skills incorporating BODMAS rules and use of prime numbers among other mathematical formulae and applications. The competitors and supporting students find this highly enjoyable annual event.