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The Course The Subject Application part of the Mathematics PGCE Course is continually revised and updated in order to respond to feedback from trainees and mentors and to take account of ongoing government initiatives and legislation. It has been planned to include a range of experiences that will allow trainees to develop the knowledge, skills, understanding and awareness to become good Mathematics teachers. There are three elements that contribute to this: the Subject Application course; the generic Professional Studies course and the two school placements. Making coherent links between these three elements is essential if trainees are to exploit the course to its full potential and make the most of their development opportunities over the course of the year. Mathematics Content During the course trainees will become acquainted with the content and nature of the Mathematics curriculum 11 - 18 and will develop a language to describe the teaching and learning of Mathematics Relevant literature such as the National Curriculum, OFSTED Reports, and the National Strategies will provide a framework to describe Mathematics, the variety of activities, outcomes of related activities and ways of promoting Mathematics in the classroom. A wide range of exemplar resources and methods will be used so that trainee teachers experience different approaches, reflect on their experiences and consider the implications for the classroom. Specific aspects of classroom organisation and management of the National Curriculum and the National Strategies will be introduced. The appropriate use of ICT in teaching and learning Mathematics will be addressed throughout the course. Sessions will involve trainees in discussions, presentations of work and practical activities. Each session is supported by relevant subject reading. Mathematics in the National Curriculum Mathematics equips pupils with a uniquely powerful set of tools to understand and change the world. These tools include logical reasoning, problem-solving skills, and the ability to think in abstract ways. Mathematics is important in everyday life, many forms of employment, science and technology, medicine, the economy, the environment and development, and in public decision-making. Different cultures have contributed to the development and application of mathematics. Today, the subject transcends cultural boundaries and its importance is universally recognised. Mathematics is a creative discipline. It can stimulate moments of pleasure and wonder when a pupil solves a problem for the first time, discovers a more elegant solution to that problem, or suddenly sees hidden connections. Mathematics in the National Curriculum - Key Concepts at Key Stage 3 There are a number of key concepts that underpin the study of mathematics. Pupils need to understand these concepts in order to deepen and broaden their knowledge, skills and understanding. 1.1 Competence 1. Applying suitable mathematics accurately within the classroom and beyond. 2. Communicating mathematics effectively. 3. Selecting appropriate mathematical tools and methods, including ICT. 1.2 Creativity 1. Combining understanding, experiences, imagination and reasoning to construct new knowledge. 2. Using existing mathematical knowledge to create solutions to unfamiliar problems. 3. Posing questions and developing convincing arguments. 1.3 Applications and implications of mathematics 1. Knowing that mathematics is a rigorous, coherent discipline. 2. Understanding that mathematics is used as a tool in a wide range of contexts. 3. Recognising the rich historical and cultural roots of mathematics. 4. Engaging in mathematics as an interesting and worthwhile activity. 1.4 Critical understanding 1. Knowing that mathematics is essentially abstract and can be used to model, interpret or represent situations. 2. Recognising the limitations and scope of a model or representation. Mathematics in the National Curriculum - Key Concepts at Key Stage 4 Durin

The Course The Subject Application part of the Mathematics PGCE Course is continually revised and updated in order to respond to feedback from trainees and mentors and to take account of ongoing government initiatives and legislation. It has been planned to include a range of experiences that will allow trainees to develop the knowledge, skills, understanding and awareness to become good...

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