Curriculum Intent

 

We believe mathematical intelligence is expandable, and that every child can learn mathematics, given the appropriate learning experiences within and beyond the classroom. Our curriculum map reflects our high expectations for every child. Every student is entitled to master the key mathematical content for their age, by receiving the support and challenge they specifically need.

Our curriculum has three key principles

  1. Deep Understanding 

Our practice embeds the importance of deep understanding , as equating progress with learning new procedures and rules means many students will miss out on a depth of understanding. We achieve this by allowing the pupils to represent concepts in a variety of different ways using both objects and pictures. 

  1. Mathematical thinking 

We believe that it is essential for students to develop mathematical thinking in and out of the classroom to fully master mathematical concepts. We want students to think like mathematicians, not just DO the maths. We believe that during the learning experience students should ; explore, wonder, question, conjecture, experiment and make theories in order to guide their own journey 

  1. Mathematical Language 

We believe that pupils should be encouraged to use mathematical language throughout their maths learning to deepen their understanding of concepts.

The way students speak and write about mathematics has been shown to have an impact on their success in mathematics.. We therefore use a carefully sequenced, structured approach to introducing and reinforcing mathematical vocabulary throughout maths lessons, so students have the opportunity to work with word problems from the beginning of their learning.

Alongside these three key principles problem solving is at the heart of mathematics. By structuring our curriculum so that all students in a year group are learning the same content at the same time,  they have longer to focus on each topic. Our aim is to create the optimal conditions for students to learn through problem solving and to learn to solve problems to develop lifelong transferable skills

Throughout our curriculum we also aim to ensure our pupils gain a love and appreciation for all the mathematics around them and will fully enjoy mathematics.

 

What will your child study in KS3?

Our curriculum map is sequenced with fewer topics each week, term or year, putting depth before breadth. We find that spending longer on each topic enables pupils to really think and talk about the mathematics they are learning. We sequence concepts and methods so that previously learnt ideas can be connected to new learning, supporting students in understanding the coherent and connected nature of the subject, and ensuring they consolidate learning by continually using and applying it in a variety of contexts. We believe that all of mathematics can be appreciated more fully once a student has a deep appreciation of the number system, therefore we put number sense and place value first to ensure that all understanding builds

KS3 Maths Curriculum Map

 

 

What will your child study in KS4?

Our key stage 4 curriculum is designed to build upon skills learnt at key stage 3. At this stage in the curriculum students will now be following a foundation tier or a higher tier scheme of work.

 

Year 11 Class of 2020 Foundation

Year 11 Class of 2020 Higher

 

Foundation GCSE route - Class of 2021 onwards

Higher GCSE route - Class of 2021 onwards

 

Exams and Specifications

All students will sit the AQA GCSE Mathematics (8300) specification. You can access a detailed copy of the specification on the AQA website.

There are two tiers of entry available to students. GCSE Mathematics has a Foundation tier (grades 1 – 5) and a Higher tier (grades 4 – 9). Students must take three question papers at the same tier. All question papers must be taken in the same series.

Each paper has a mix of question styles, from short, single-mark questions to multi-step problems. The mathematical demand increases as a student progresses through the paper. Content from any part of the specification may be assessed on each paper. Paper 1 is non calculator whereas papers 2 and 3 a calculator is allowed. All papers are 1hour and 30 minutes long and are worth 80 marks each.

 

Revision and Support

To aid your child in revision for their exam they can purchase revision guides and exam practice workbooks from their maths teacher.  Should you wish to purchase these yourselves please ensure you select the correct specification and tier for your child. We offer the CGP AQA Mathematics revision guides and exam practice workbooks (for the grade 9-1 course ) for both higher or foundation tiers.

As a school we also supply each student with a personal login to access hegarty maths. Hegarty maths is an online platform that your child can use as a revision aid. It provides instructional videos and online quizzes which give instant feedback. 

 

Staff

Miss A Johnson - Curriculum Leader for Mathematics

Miss J Bland - Joint Assistant Curriculum Leader for Mathematics

Mr A Crampton - Joint Assistant Curriculum Leader for Mathematics

Mr J Altham - Teacher of Mathematics and Science ( Acting joint assistant curriculum leader for mathematics ) 

Mrs V Ardern - Senior Assistant Headteacher

Mr J Brennand - Teacher of Mathematics

Mrs H Burns - Teacher of Mathematics

Miss L Halsall - Teacher of Mathematics

Mr C Johnson - Teacher of Mathematics

Mr D Morton - Teacher of Mathematics

Mrs C Reeve - Teacher of Mathematics

Mr D Wright - Teacher of Mathematics

 

Careers leading on from Maths

 

How parents can support their children

There is a lot of content to cover at KS4. It is therefore essential that every student is consolidating and underpinning their understanding by practicing further at home. Please encourage your child to work for at least an additional hour each week reviewing prior work to enable them to become independent learners. Revision sessions will run after school but these should be in addition to homework and self study.

  • Access Show My Homework for up to date homework information.

  • For KS4 revision materials access videos and resources on Corbett Maths, Hegarty Maths and Just Maths

  • Feel free to contact your child’s Maths teacher to discuss concerns or to access further guidance.

  • GCSE Revision videos are also located on GCSE Pod. Your child will have a password and access to this.

  • Be positive! Children pick up on signals from adults who display a negative attitude towards the subject.  This can have a significant impact on the way they view the subject and can impact their success in it.

  • Try to provide a quiet, well-lit place for your child to study, away from TV, video games, telephone

  • Have your child explain what he or she is doing in maths and try to develop a conversation with your child around maths

  • If we have contacted home to offer extra support or revision sessions for your child, please support us and encourage them to attend the activities

  • Ensure your son/ daughter has the correct equipment including a scientific calculator, pen, pencil, ruler, a pair of compasses and protractor. All of these can be purchased from school.

  • Some students prefer using a textbook or revision guide to work through. Revision guides will be available through school at certain points in the year. If you wish to purchase a textbook to use at home, please ensure you buy one for the new 2017 curriculum. CGP sell basic textbooks for practice and online editions are particularly good value.