Our mathematics curriculum enables students to be confident in numeracy, problem solving and reasoning. Students can recognise the importance of mathematics and are able to apply their skills and knowledge confidently in a range of different mathematical contexts.
Key Skills and Dispositions:
Problem Solving: The ability to solve problems logically and systematically in unknown and non-routine contexts. To use multiple methods and representations and to do so demonstrating resilience and critical thinking. Students will be able to explore, recognise patterns, hypothesise, and generalise findings when faced with wider problems such as managing money, finding the best deals in shops, analysing data etc. These transferable skills will also help them solve nonmathematical problems.
Reasoning through language and communication: Students will be able to confidently communicate, explain and reason using mathematical language which in turn will deepen their understanding of concepts. They will learn to listen to alternative ideas and to justify a choice with evidence. Being able to explain or form an opinion and justify your decision as well as recognising weaknesses in other people’s decisions. Linking to confidence in oracy as a whole school priority.
- Ratio, proportion & rates of change
- Geometry and measure
- Probability and sets
Key Stage 3 Overview:
Students in key stage 3 maths follow the Maths Mastery curriculum, a research-based course that helps our students develop mathematical fluency as well as a deep understanding of key mathematical concepts. Students will cover topics centred around the themes outlined above and learn how to link these key ideas together. Our students will develop their conceptual understanding, which helps learners to solve unfamiliar problems in different contexts. This work is supported by the development of mathematical language, to ensure our students can apply these skills in their everyday lives.
Key Stage 4 Overview:
Key stage 4 Maths builds on the foundations built at key stage three with a focus on developing greater depth and breadth of Mathematical concepts. Students will cover all the topic areas outlined above and look to make more connections between different areas of Mathematics. Students will follow either a Foundation or Higher tier course with flexibility to change tiering throughout the two years. By the end of the GCSE course students should be confident and competent in applying their Mathematical skills and knowledge to unknown problems which often combine areas of Mathematics.