Maths

Curriculum Intent

By the end of their academic career, every student will be confident, capable and fluent in key mathematical concepts. They will be able to apply their skills to the wider world, love learning and exploring their capabilities. Every student will be exposed to a wide and robust curriculum that supports their individual development, and challenges them to improve their understanding, to ensure that their mathematical prowess develops appropriately overtime, and that each student is self-analytical, thoughtful and independent. Within their learning, every student should know what they are capable of and what they need to do next, and enjoy the process of improving and developing.

 

What is included in the course?

Our curriculum carefully sequences topics and content so that pupils’ knowledge and skills are built in a precise and systematic way. Frequency of topics over the course of the key stages encourages pupils to consider different approaches and uses for a variety of previously learnt material. Pupils are encouraged throughout their learning journey to draw from their mathematical knowledge to solve a wide range of problems, in a variety of real-world contexts.

 

  • Number– fractions, decimals, percentages, number operations, number properties and uses.
  • Ratio and Proportion – Percentages, ratio, proportional reasoning, multiplicative reasoning and applied mathematics.
  • Algebra– simplifying algebra, coordinate geometry, solving and constructing equations and sequences.
  • Geometry– shapes, area, volume, angles, transformations and triangle problems.
  • Statistics– analysing averages, interpreting populations, constructing and describing charts and probability.

 

How do we assess our students?

At the end of each unit, students in year 7-10 are assessed on their learning of the content. This is then used to inform further revision and development for our whole school assessments, which occur three times over the course of the year.

Whole school assessments are past GCSE papers, with the aim being to establish current progress and attainment against the 9-1 grade scale.

Year 11 students have two mock assessments in preparation for their final GCSE examinations in the summer.

 

How do we support our students?

Each pupil is offered fortnightly opportunities to recall and reuse previously learned skills and knowledge, this can be from last week, last month, last year or more, whatever meets the needs of the individual. On-line learning provides pupils with weekly tasks that draw from prior knowledge and learning. Pupils are assessed on their ability to recall key information, and are given clear guidance on how to further improve.

 

Teachers act flexibly in response to the needs of the class, responding to any gaps in pupils’ mathematical knowledge that will hinder their capacity to learn and apply new content. We offer regular intervention sessions for our pupils, should they need the extra support.

 

Pupils receive a bespoke diet within mathematics, that is designed to challenge and support each individual to achieve the best possible progress.

 

By year 9:

  • Delta Pathway – Initial (KS3) should be fluent with the majority of the Foundation level fluent also.
  • Theta Pathway – Initial (KS3) should be fluent with some of the Foundation level also fluent.
  • Pi Pathway – The majority of Initial (KS3) should be fluent with some early Foundation level being introduced.

Year 10 and 11:

  • Higher Pathway – All levels taught to fluency.
  • Intermediate Pathway – Remaining Foundation level work taught to fluency.
  • Foundation Pathway – Foundation level and Entry Level taught to fluency.

Students can progress between our pathways, as suits their progress needs.

 

Qualifications in Mathematics

We currently use the OCR specification for Mathematics GCSE.

At foundation level, grade 1 – 5 are available.

At higher level, grade 3 – 9 are available.

We also offer Entry Level Mathematics qualifications to build confidence while working towards the GCSE qualification.

At A-Level, we offer GCSE Mathematics through Edexcel.

 

Career Progression and Opportunities.

This course is excellent preparation for Post 16 courses such as Mathematics or Science A levels. There are also links to university degree courses in Mathematics, Engineering, Accountancy and Computing. For more information on careers in mathematics visit www.mathscareers.org.uk

 

Who should I contact for more information?

Mrs A. Pavitt (Acting Subject Leader) – abrookes@stmca.org.uk

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