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Looking Ahead to Mathematics and Computing in the 2017-2018 Academic Year

Secondary Mathematics and Computer Science

Looking Ahead to Mathematics and Computing in the 2017-2018 Academic Year

With the current academic year coming to a close we take the opportunity to cast our thoughts ahead to future developments within the area of Mathematics and Computing at DBIS.

A New Concept-Based Enquiry-Driven Scheme of Work for Year 8 Mathematicians   

As part of DBIS’s continued journey towards a concept-based enquiry approach to teaching and learning, year 8 students will build upon skills developed throughout the year 7 Mathematics curriculum. Year 8 students will delve deeper into mathematics through enquiry and concepts, with a key focus on the application of mathematics to the real world. Mathematics teachers at DBIS have been busy developing the new scheme of work in preparation for the upcoming 2017-2018 academic year.

BBC micro:bit Technology to Enhance Python Programming Skills for Computer Scientists

The BBC micro:bit is an excellent educational tool for teaching students the art of programming. The micro:bit hardware can be used for all sorts of cool creations, from robots to musical instruments – the possibilities are endless. This credit card sized device has many features, including 25 red LED lights that can flash messages. There are two programmable buttons that can be used to control games or pause and skip songs on a playlist. The BBC micro:bit can detect motion and tell which direction you’re heading in, and it can use a low energy Bluetooth connection to interact with other devices and the Internet. Budding computer scientists at DBIS will have the opportunity to develop their understanding of computational thinking and programming in the upcoming academic year.

IGCSE Mathematics:

DBIS offers three IGCSE mathematics pathways for students; the Edexcel IGCSE Mathematics qualifications and the more challenging Cambridge IGCSE International Mathematics qualification. Students taking the Edexcel course can opt for one of two tiers, Foundation or Higher whereas all students taking the Cambridge course sit the Extended tier. The Edexcel Foundation qualification aims to give students a basis in mathematical skills and develop their knowledge and understanding of basic mathematical concepts. The Edexcel Higher qualification allows students to use and apply mathematical techniques and concepts to solve problems and prepares them for standard mathematics courses. The Cambridge qualification is a very demanding course and aims to prepare students to use the power of mathematics in an increasingly technological world. It is imperative that students are aware of available pathways in year 9 in order to make appropriate course choices come year 10. All students are encouraged to challenge themselves whilst being realistic with their expectations. Year 9 students are encouraged to have discussions with both their parents and teachers if they are unsure about their Mathematics pathways.  

The Introduction of A-Level Mathematics and Computer Science Courses

With the excitement surrounding the development of a Sixth Form centre at DBIS the following Mathematics and Computer Science courses will be taken by our new year 12 cohort.  

Course Title

Course Code

Examination Board

International Computer Science



A-Level Mathematics

  • Pure Mathematics 1

  • Pure Mathematics 2

  • Statistics & Mechanics




David LaCumber

Mathematics & Computing Faculty Leader


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