It's very important in every day life
AND most jobs need you to be able to use basic maths...
...such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and divisions (+ - x ÷).
Other maths topics are important in many jobs, for example formulas, equations and graphs may be used in construction, engineering and nursing.
Maths is useful when solving problems and other school subjects use maths, for example science, geography and computing.
You will be able to use calculators some of the time but you will also need to improve your mental arithmatic (doing sums in your head).
- more about Algebra, such as using formulas (a type of maths rules), equations and graphs
- how to use maths to find out about shapes
- about using numbers to measure and compare things and events – percentages (the amount of something), estimating (making a good guess) and managing your money (finances).
Studied as three separate subects...
...biology, chemistry and physics
Biology is the study of living things and how they work.
Chemistry covers the elements, for example iron, sodium and carbon, which make up our world and what happens when you mix some of them together.
Physics is the study of energy, movement and how things like atoms, behave towards one another.
Some of the work will be in classrooms but you'll spend a lot of time in labs doing experiments to help you discover new ideas, ask questions and find answers, so you understand what's going on in the world around you.
- how these subjects overlap and affect one another, for example the body uses chemicals called enzymes to break down food
- lots of interesting scientific words and apply some of the maths you've learnt to, for example work out how things move or what's happening inside organisms, in a chemical reaction.