Why study Mathematics?
Mathematics is a core subject throughout Key Stage 3 and 4.
Mathematics is an exciting and varied subject that can open up a lot of opportunities for you as student. The study of mathematics makes you better at solving problems. It gives you skills that you can use across other subjects and apply in many different job roles.
Mathematics has its place in many industries and subjects. It impacts real world problems – as well as the solutions to those problems. From everyday tasks such as paying bills and shopping, to more detailed mathematical problems such as interpreting data to help control global pandemics, we use maths everywhere.
Mathematics is all about problem solving. Not only will you learn how to solve complex mathematical problems, but the skills you develop whilst working through these tasks will develop your problem-solving abilities in other ways, such as pattern spotting, working backwards, visualising, working systematically and using logical reasoning. Whether or not you choose to pursue a career in mathematics or in another industry entirely, these talents will be of value in any number of careers and situations.
Studying mathematics also teaches you skills that you can use in many different work and personal situations. In this way, the skills you learn in mathematics are skills you will use throughout your life. You will develop transferable skills such as time management, communication, decision making, organisation and analysis skills.
So next time you are tempted to use the phrase “When will I have to use this?” in your lesson, just remember you are developing lifelong skills.