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Mathematics

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The term mathematics comes from the Greek word máthema, meaning knowledge, study and learning. It is the study of quantity, structure, space and change. Mathematics has evolved from simple counting, calculations and measurement to the more complex uses seen today, and continues to be a core tool in many fields of study, including medicine, engineering, natural and social sciences. 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 form 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 see hidden connections.

So, why study maths? One of the benefits of studying mathematics is the vast array of career paths it provides. Maths is a core subject, a qualification in which is highly sought after by employers when hiring new candidates. A recent study showed that the top three highly paid jobs were careers suited for maths specialists. Furthermore, the top 15 highest-earning university degrees have a common element: mathematics.

 

English

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English as a first language is spoken by 309–400 million people, and 199 million–1.4 billion people as a second language. That is a staggering 500 million–1.8 billion who speak the language. It is widely spoken and is the official language in 54 countries worldwide. It is therefore evident that English is vital way of communicating in school, in public life and internationally. Literature in English is rich and influential, reflecting the experience of people from many countries and times. 

So, why study English? Not only will students master the English language and literature, but it can help develop enhanced reading and writing skills as well as effective verbal and listening skills. It enables children to express themselves creatively and imaginatively and to communicate with others effectively. Students learn to become enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, poetry and drama and as well non-fiction and media texts. The study of English helps pupils understand how language works by looking at its patterns, structures and origins. Using this knowledge students can choose and adapt what they say and write in different situations. It also provides an opportunity to study culture and history, helping to develop valuable skills for a number of career choices.

 

Science

Science classes by EducateFirst

The term science comes from the Latin word scientia,meaning “knowledge”. It has been regarded as a systematic enterprise that builds and organises knowledge in the form of testable explanations and predictions about the universe. There are many branches of science, which can be commonly divided into two major groups: 1). natural sciences, which study natural phenomena (including biological life); and 2). social sciences, which study human behaviour and societies. Related disciplines that are grouped into interdisciplinary and applied sciences include engineering and medicine. These categories comprise further specialised scientific fields that can include parts of other scientific disciplines. In schools, science is taught as one of three main categories: biology, chemistry and physics.

Science stimulates and excites pupils’ curiosity about phenomena and events in the world around them. It also satisfies this curiosity with knowledge. Because science links direct practical experience with ideas, it can engage learners at many levels. Scientific method is about developing and evaluating explanations through experimental evidence and modelling.  This is a spur to critical and creative thought. 

So, why study science? Science is all around us and studying it can help you make intelligent decisions on problems you are likely to encounter in your everyday work. Studying science can help you ‘think outside the box’ and improve your problem solving skills. Through science, students understand how major scientific ideas contribute to technological change – impacting on industry, business and medicine and improving the quality of life. Students recognise the cultural significant of science and trace its worldwide development. They learn to question and discuss science-based issues that may affect their own lives, the direction of society and the future of the world. In addition, as with maths and English, science provides an range of further study courses and career opportunities.

 

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