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Mathematics

Subject Leader Miss D Robinson
Teacher Miss L Collins
Teacher Mr B Pendrey
Teacher Mr I Kelly
Teacher Ms G Brewer
Teacher Miss E Leigh

 

 

 

 

The Mathematics curriculum, from Year 7, is designed to be bespoke to the individual needs of our learners, enabling them to understand the laws of mathematics which govern everything around us. As a core subject, through cumulative knowledge, emphasis is placed on the importance of mathematics to develop students' capacity to think logically and intuitively, building resilience and confidence. We aim to develop this:

  • Through varied and frequent practice, our learners become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, developing their conceptual understanding through increasingly complex problems, strengthening their ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.

  • Emphasis is placed on students’ proficiency to reason mathematically by following lines of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations to develop their capacity to argue, justify and use proof through mathematical language.

  • Students can solve problems by applying their mathematical understanding to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including the skills of breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.

The subject content contained within our spiral based curriculum  ensures that the sequence of skills is built upon using previous knowledge and understanding. Starters and plenaries are used to assess recollection of the skills needed which prepares students for the next step in their development.

Schemes of work used are fully compliant with the statutory content outlined in the Key Stage 3 and 4 National Curriculum. Students who excel in Mathematics have the opportunity to further their understanding and skills through Core Maths and Statistics tuition, building skills in preparation for GCSE examinations and beyond for A Level and apprenticeships.

All students develop and build upon their knowledge and understanding in 

  • Number
  • Shape, space and measurement
  • Algebra
  • Data handling
  • Thinking skills and logic
  • Cross curricular applications of maths
  • Mathematics in ICT
  • Problem Solving

Maths is a critical skill which opens many doors to our students. It is a requirement for a high proportion of the next step in education or career. Further strands in the curriculum prepare students for studying STEM subjects beyond GCSE and we aim to inspire our learners to use their finely tuned mathematical skills to consider careers in science, technologies, engineering and maths at our local colleges John Leggott, North Lindsey and the Engineering UTC Northern Lincolnshire.

Students are encouraged to develop employability skills by building on effective problem solving skills, communication, planning and organisation. Aiming high through teamwork and self management are promoted throughout key stage 3 and 4 as well as resilience, determination, confidence and time management.

We ensure that Year 7 effectively builds upon content delivered during Key Stage 2 to develop their understanding of the world around them. By using question level analysis of each half termly assessment we are able to identify gaps in knowledge and understanding. This prepares each individual with a pathway for intervention as they progress through their learning journey.

The Mathematics curriculum, from Year 7, develops critical thinking presenting in detail the relationship between mathematics and other subject areas. We work closely cross curricularly, throughout the 5 years, to ensure students skills, understanding and vocabulary are widely transferable and consistent. There has been a great deal of development in cross planning with other departments to ensure mathematical skills needed are introduced in maths lessons before they are required in other subjects.

We develop students’ Cultural Capital whilst studying Mathematics by participating in external competitions such as Maths Challenge, maths nightclub events and Maths Feast for high flyers. We provide opportunities through our lunch time games club, chess club and mathematical problem solving club to promote a deep love of learning. 

Students are encouraged to engage in wider reading relevant to Mathematics such as: