Curriculum Statement

 

 

 

Develop mathematical knowledge

We explicitly teach knowledge of key mathematical concepts, terminology, notation, facts, methods and techniques. We focus strongly on aiding the retention of this knowledge through the use of regular and frequent low stakes tests and recall tasks.

Develop confidence in using and applying their knowledge

Students learn how to understand and interpret mathematical information presented in a variety of forms. They learn problem solving skills and how to select and apply knowledge, techniques and strategies in different or unfamiliar situations or contexts.

Develop independent learning skills

Students experience a variety of teaching methods and strategies and will be expected at different times to work alone, in small groups or take part in whole class discussions. We use feedback and self-assessment to allow students to identify their own targets for improvement and then make effective use of online and self-marking resources to encourage students to take more responsibility for their own progress.  

The scheme of work, based on an exam board model, is cyclical in nature and allows for a natural progression of learning. Knowledge and skills from each area (Number, Algebra, Ratio and Proportion, Geometry, Probability and Statistics) are revisited within each year as well as across years. The scheme allows flexibility and a classroom teacher’s judgement as to the level of understanding will be the key factor in deciding when to move on – as opposed to any pre-determined date or time scale. Frequent communication between teachers means that possible issues with knowledge gaps when set movements occur can be avoided.

KS3

Throughout this period the intent is to lay the groundwork of keys skills and knowledge to allow students to develop their ability to apply those skills and knowledge to ever more varied and challenging situations as they progress towards KS4. 

We are acutely aware of the different starting points our students have as well as the different learning experiences they have had of mathematics. We know the expectations and content of the KS2 mathematics curriculum well. In year 7 we allow for this while also serving the needs of those who were unable to access the full range of the curriculum. 

As each topic area is revisited throughout KS3, previous learning will be assessed (formally or otherwise) and the starting point determined accordingly – thus avoiding any unnecessary repetition or possible gaps in knowledge. 

Students focus on ...

Number Properties & Calculations  

Area & Volume  

Statistics, Graphs & Charts  

Expressions & Equations  

Real-Life Graphs  

Decimals & Ratio  

Angles  

Fractions, Decimals & Percentages  

Straight Line Graphs  

Probability 

Number Properties & Calculations  

Area & Volume  

Statistics, Graphs & Charts  

Expressions & Equations  

Real-Life Graphs  

Decimals & Ratio 

Angles  

Fractions, Decimals & Percentages  

Straight Line Graphs  

Probability 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KS4

In years 10 and 11 we explicitly teach the application of what has been learnt lower down the school as well as introducing some more advanced mathematical ideas. In preparing students for the GCSE we don’t lose sight of the need to develop mathematical thinkers and resilient learners who enjoy the subject and may indeed which to continue studying the subject post-16. Careful and ongoing assessment ensures we choose the tier of entry that allows each student to maximise their progress. 

Area and Volume  

Area and Perimeter of Circles and sectors  

Spheres, pyramids and cones  

Transformations  

Constructions, Loci and Bearing  

Equations and inequalities  

Simultaneous Equations  

Probability and Venn Diagrams  

Multiplicative reasoning

Similarity and Congruence

Trigonometry and graphs of trig functions 

Cumulative Frequency, Box Plots and Histograms 

Further graphs including Solving Simultaneous

Equations and Inequalities graphically 

Circle Theorems 

Rearranging Formulae, Algebraic Fractions and surds 

Proof 

Vectors and geometric proof 

Direct and Inverse Proportion 

Perimeter, Area and Volume  

Graphs, y = mx + c  

Transformations  

Ratio and Proportions  

Pythagoras Theorem  

Probability  

Distance, Speed and Time  

Multiplicative Reasoning  

Constructions, Loci and Bearing

Quadratic Equations and Graphs  

Circumference and Area of a Circle  

Sectors, cylinders, pyramids and cones  

Fractions  

Indices and Standard Form  

Congruence and Similarity  

Simple Vectors  

Simultaneous Equations, rearranging formulae and proof  

Trigonometry 

Assessment

KS3: Students class and homework is regularly marked with timely verbal and written feedback given. There are two formal assessments each year, one in January and one in June. 

KS4:  

Homework

KS3: Students are set 1 piece of mathematics homework per week. 

KS4: Students are set 1 piece of mathematics homework per week – but may also be expected to use MathsWatch to revise topics in addition. 

Support at Home

Students can use the MathsWatch website to get help with homework tasks and to do their own revision of work covered in class. 

Additional Support in school and/or resources

Students are encouraged to seek help when they need it from their maths teacher and can use ICT facilities at lunchtime to access MathsWatch

Extra-Curricular

More able students are entered for the UKMT Maths Challenge annually.  

Revision classes for year 11 are held regularly after school. 

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