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Mathematics

The curriculum of our school is a reflection of our school ethos, vision and ambition. We seek to develop the whole child so that they can access all that life can offer. This means that in addition to the explicit curriculum that ultimately leads to external certification, we seek to develop lifelong learners who are spiritually, culturally, digitally and financially literate, in addition to understanding how to remain healthy and safe through their lifestyle choices.

Our Quality First Teaching Principles:

  • Highly focused lesson design with sharp learning objectives
  • High demands of pupil involvement and engagement with their learning
  • High levels of interaction for all pupils
  • Appropriate use of questioning, modelling and explaining on the part of the teacher
  • An emphasis on learning through dialogue, with regular opportunities for pupils to talk both individually and in groups
  • An expectation that pupils will accept responsibility for their own learning and work independently
  • Regular use of encouragement and authentic praise to engage and motivate pupils

Curriculum vision

Intent

Members of the Mathematics department try to place Mathematics in the context of real situations so that our students can better cope with post-16 life experiences. We also attempt to install a love of Mathematics, helping pupils see that “Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty”.

Our curriculum is designed to introduce the five basics strands of the curriculum (Number, Ratio & Proportion, Geometry & Measure, Statistics & Probability and Algebra) at a basic level and then repeatedly revisit topics at a more advanced level. This helps with retention, understanding and synthesis. While doing this we also develop logical deduction and analysis to help form links between real life and abstract Mathematics.

We also prepare our students for their next stage of Mathematical understanding which can be A-Level Mathematics or Further Mathematics, or as part of another qualification/Apprenticeship.

Part of our regular assessments is to test and then move pupils between ability sets. This helps promote a continual learning environment where independence is encouraged and success is rewarded.

  Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term

Year 7

First Half Term: We use this time to introduce students to their teacher and strengthen basic numerical skills.

Second Half Term: Fractions

First Half Term: Decimals

Second Half Term: Ratio & Proportion

First Half Term: Basics of Algebra, Formulæ and Sequences.

Second Half Term: Area and Perimeter and an Introduction to Transformations

Year 8

First Half Term: Number and Algebra

Second Half Term: Percentages, Equations and Inequalities

First Half Term: Real Life Graphs and General Graph Results

Second Half Term: Data, Charts and Graphs

First Half Term: Surface Area and Volume and Conversion of Units

Second Half Term: Probability, 2D & 3D Shapes and Transformations.

Year 9

First Half Term (Higher): Calculations, Checking and Rounding, Indices, Roots, Reciprocals, and Hierarchy of Operations

Second Half Term (Higher): Factors, Multiples & Primes, The Basics of Algebra, Setting up Rearranging and Solving Equations.
First Half Term (Foundation): Integers & Place Value, Indices, Powers & Roots

Second Half Term (Foundation): The Basics of Algebra, Factors, Multiples & Primes, Expanding & Factorising Single Brackets

First Half Term (Higher): Standard Form and Surds, Averages and Range, Scatter Graphs

Second Half Term (Higher): Fractions, Ratio & Proportion
First Half Term (Foundation): Tables, Expressions and Substitution into Formulæ, Charts and Graphs

Second Half Term (Foundation): Decimals, Fractions, Sequences

First Half Term (Higher): Representing and Interpreting Data, Fraction-Decimal-Percentages,

Second Half Term (Higher): Polygons, Angles and Parallel Lines, Pythagoras Theorem, Sequences.
First Half Term (Foundation): Scatter Graphs, Fraction-Decimal-Percentages

Second Half Term (Foundation): Equations, Pie Charts, Inequalities.

Year 10

First Half Term (Higher): Pythagoras Theorem and Trigonometry, Basics Graph Results, Real-Life Graphs, Perimeter, Area and Circles, Linear Coordinate Geometry.

Second Half Term (Higher): 3D Forms, Volumes, Cylinders, Cones, Spheres, Transformations
First Half Term (Foundation): Properties of Shapes, Parallel Lines and Angles Facts, Statistics & Sampling, Interior & Exterior Angles, Averages

Second Half Term (Foundation): Perimeter and Area, Real life Graphs, Ratio

First Half Term (Higher): Solving Quadratic Equations, Accuracy & Bounds, Constructions, Loci & Bearings, Quadratic, Cubic and Other Graphs

Second Half Term (Higher): Simultaneous Linear Equations, Inequalities, Simultaneous Quadratic Equations.
First Half Term (Foundation): Transformations 1, 3D Forms and Volume

Second Half Term (Foundation): Straight Line Graphs, Proportion Transformations 2

First Half Term (Higher): Probability, Graphs of Trigonometric Functions, Multiplicative Reasoning

Second Half Term (Higher): Similarity and Congruence in 2D
First Half Term (Foundation): Pythagoras Theorem, Probability 1, Plans and Elevations

Second Half Term (Foundation): Trigonometry, Probability 2

Year 11

First Half Term (Higher): Further Trigonometry, Collecting Data, Cumulative Frequency

Second Half Term (Higher): Circle Theorems, Histograms, Circle Geometry, Sketching Quadratics/Cubic Graphs
First Half Term (Foundation): Quadratics- Expanding, Constructions, Quadratic Equations Factorising, Loci

Second Half Term (Foundation): Multiplicative Reasoning, Bearings

First Half Term (Higher): Changing the Subject of Equations, Rationalising Denominators, Functions, Reciprocal and Exponential Graphs

Second Half Term (Higher):Graphs Transformations, Graphs of Trigonometric Functions, Vectors and Proof
First Half Term (Foundation): 2D Shapes, Graphs and Quadratic Equations, Fractions

Second Half Term (Foundation): 3D Shapes, Indices and Standard Form, Similarity an Congruence

First Half Term (Higher): Gradient and Area Under a graph, Direct and Inverse Proportion

Second Half Term (Higher): Revise.
First Half Term (Foundation): Vectors, Rearranging Equations, Graphs of Cubic-Reciprocal functions, Simultaneous Equations

Second Half Term (Foundation): revision.

Impact

We aim to give a solid understanding and confidence in Mathematics and its techniques to all of our pupil, no matter their background.

We also wish to reduce any Mathematical anxiety/fear that our pupils had when they joined us.

All pupils will have the necessary knowledge and skills to pursue their future career goals whether they be in further/higher education, employment or training.