Maths

Curriculum Vision

Full Curriculum Map: Maths Curriculum.pdf

Head of Department - Polly Anna Wilson

Mathematics provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to be effective problem solvers, logical thinkers and mathematically competent. It provides a foundation for understanding the world and the ability to reason mathematically. It gives students the mathematical background to help them gain an understanding of the complex and changing society in which we live so that they are equipped to make well-informed decisions about their futures.

Our Maths curriculum will allow students to use their understanding of key concepts in unfamiliar situations with confidence. It is more than just learning about numbers, it involves looking for patterns and is about logical analysis, deduction, and calculations.

Learning mathematics is key within everyday life, from making personal financial decisions, to making decisions within the world of business. It is evident all around us in the creation of the remarkable structures and buildings. It underpins the world we live in and is necessary in most forms of employment.

At KS3, students will study the foundations within the 6 areas of mathematics: number, algebra, ratio and proportion, geometry, probability, and statistics. The focus will be on building a depth of understanding of the critical concepts in maths. Students will practice using accurate mathematical language and learn how to communicate their mathematical understanding; they will have a strong conceptual understanding of mathematical concepts and will develop their mathematical thinking. This will result in fluent and secure mathematical skills which will later be applied to solving problems in less obvious contexts.

At KS4, students will study the 6 areas of mathematics in greater depth and difficulty and will apply the knowledge to multiple-step problems involving several different concepts.

At KS5 we teach students Pure mathematics, Statistics and Mechanics. The maths taught at this level will prepare students to be successful in a multitude of different university courses.

Key Concepts

Number:

• Place value relationships
• Order of operations
• Operations with FDP
• Operations with negative numbers
• Properties of number

Algebra:

• Basic algebra manipulation

Geometry:

• Basic concepts of shapes
• Name and identifying shapes with their properties
• Linking shape properties to  to real life application