|Curriculum Director||Beth Davis|
Mathematics is a language. We want our students to enjoy and achieve in the experiences of calculation, problem solving, discovery and reasoning. Mathematics should be an intellectual experience and our students should value the cognitive skills they develop by studying it. Students will develop the confidence and mind-set to recognise that ‘getting stuck’ is part of the challenge of strengthening understanding and be able to employ strategies to cope with unfamiliar contexts and problems. â€‹We will support the development of cultural capital, by supporting students to act creatively and with autonomy when problem solving. We purposefully design our teaching so that our students acquire and retain factual knowledge, procedural fluency and conceptual understanding. Being able to make abstract concepts readily available is part of our pedagogy and practice. Through this approach our students will become confident, successful and active participants in the complex and competitive world beyond and after school.
Key Stage 3 Overview
We take a carefully progressive and sequential approach to our delivery of curriculum content. Specifically, we ensure that whilst students are given opportunities to practise numeracy as a matter of routine, we also very deliberately interweave aspects of problem-solving and deep conceptual understanding throughout. Students are given ample opportunity to develop their fluency across geometry, algebra and data handling.
Year 7 topics
- Number skills
- Perimeter, Area; Averages and Range.
- Fractions, Probability.
- Ratios, angles.
- Sequences, transformations.
Year 8 topics
- Area and volume.
- Algebraic expansion and factorisation; Conversion Graphs.
- Decimals; Fractions.
- Proportion; Straight Line Graphs.
Year 9 topics
- (Higher) Algebra including indices. (Foundation) Fractions.
- (H) Fractions, Ratios and Percentages. (F) Percentages and Ratio.
- (H) Angles and Trigonometry. (F) Solving algebraic equations.
- (H) Pythagoras. (F) Angles.
- (H) Graphs. (F) Formulae.
- (H) Area and Volume. (F) Area, Volume and Surface Area.
Key Stage 3 Homework
Homework is set on our online Maths platform: Hegarty Maths. Students have a separate homework book, in which they are expected to complete high-quality note-taking and practice in order for this book to be a useful reference point for their future study and revision.
Key Stage 4 Overview
Students continue to be taught new topics, such as Circle Theorems. They are introduced to higher applications of the algebra they have been taught in Key Stage 3. Increasingly they are exposed to problem-solving that is multi-disciplinary in terms of the mathematical topics they will need to have mastered.
Year 10 topics
- Foundation: Unit 7 - Averages and range, Unit 10 Transformations; Higher: Unit 8 Transformations and constructions, Unit 9 Solving quadratic equations
- Foundation: Unit 11 Ratio and proportion, 5.5 Inequalities; Higher: Unit 9 Simultaneous equations and inequalities, Unit 10 Probability.
- Foundation: Unit 12 Right angled triangles; Higher: Unit 11 Multiplicative reasoning, Unit 12 Similarity and Congruence.
- Foundation: Unit 13 Probability, Unit 14 Multiplicative reasoning; Higher: Unit 13 More Trigonometry.
- Foundation: Unit 15 Constructions, loci and bearings; Higher: Unit 14 Further Statistics, Unit 15 Equations and graphs.
- Foundation: Unit 16 Quadratic equations and graphs; Higher: Unit 16 Circle theorems.
Year 11 topics
- Foundation: Unit 17 Perimeter, Area and Volume, Unit 18 Fractions, indices and standard form; Higher: Unit 17 More Algebra.
- Foundation: Unit 19 Congruence, Similarity and Vectors; Higher: Unit 18 Vectors and geometric proof.
- Foundation: Unit 20 More algebra. Higher: Unit 19 Proportion and graphs.
How is this qualification assessed?
We enter students for the EdExcel qualification. There are 3 papers, each worth a third of the overall assessment.
Key Stage 4 Homework
Homework is set on our online Maths platform: Hegarty Maths. Students have a separate homework book, in which they are expected to complete high-quality notetaking and practice, in order for this book to be a useful reference point for their future study and revision. Students are also set practice papers to complete and are then set tasks to remediate, including bespoke study guides and revision questions using online platforms, such as Pinpoint learning.
How is this subject assessed?
In Key Stage 3 there are Federation formal assessment points and an end-of-year assessment. These assessments include a numeracy element and a substantial amount of problem solving. In Year 10 students complete aligned assessments at the same frequency. These are designed to keep pace with the topics that have been covered, but do not assess content that has not. In Year 11 students complete secure Pre-Public Examinations (PPEs). In all lessons teachers deploy interleaving and ensure that prior knowledge is assessed before introducing topics, making explicit the pre-requisite steps in understanding before introducing a new topic.
Teachers also use exit tickets after each unit of work to assess understanding and direct students to next steps.
How does this subject fulfil SMSC needs?
We build the cultural capital of our students in our curriculum by introducing them to the stories of some of the most influential mathematicians throughout history and the impact that their work has had on the world we live in. Real-life applications of mathematical ideas are made explicit to students whenever possible.
How does the subject challenge more able pupils?
In all year groups students are placed in groups such that they are amongst students with similar levels of prior attainment. Within these groups, teachers are able to teach towards carefully targeted learning objectives for these students.
What provision is made for pupils with SEND?
As part of teachers’ quality first teaching, teachers deploy appropriate techniques and personalised support. They do so with the support of the SEND team and where appropriate with the deployment of learning support assistants in class.
Enrichment and extra-curricular opportunities
Students are given a range of opportunities qt Key Stage 3, including: attending a lunchtime Maths club and competing in the Maths competitions, such as ‘Count on Us’. In Key Stage 4 students are given exam skills enrichments. Students are also selected to participate in ‘Super 7’ and ‘Cloud 9’ targeted external enrichments.
Hegarty Maths: https://hegartymaths.com/
Corbett Maths: https://corbettmaths.com/
Dr Frost Maths: https://www.drfrostmaths.com/