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Mathematics

The Mathematics Department prides itself in being at the forefront of developing new ways of teaching, in particular using ICT in lessons.  Students are introduced to wide range of activities to enable them to develop a good understanding of the subject.

The intent of the Mathematics Curriculum

The intent of the Maths Curriculum is to:

  • Present an environment where all students can learn Maths to the best of their ability and where all students' needs are addressed positively and sensitively. 
  • Offer a variety of approaches to teaching and learning to engage and motivate students, encouraging their active participation in Maths. 
  • Provide students with techniques so that they can investigate and solve problems in school Maths and other curricular areas.
  • Develop and extend a student's ability to express themselves clearly; to reason logically and to be able to generalise.
  • Build a student's confidence in their own ability and develop mathematical skills for their usefulness and applicability in the real world.
  • Develop mathematical knowledge and oral, written and practical skill that encourages confidence and enjoyment. 
  • Set realistic yet challenging targets, with high expectations for all students. 

How is the Mathematics Curriculum implemented?

In Years 7 and 8, classes are organised in thirds (3 or 4 form groups at a time) and in Year 9 half the year group are in Maths at a given time, so that students with similar abilities and target grades will be working together. During loesson time there will be opportunities for students to work independently, in pairs and small groups. Students are introduced to a wide range of activities to enable them to develop a good understanding of the subject and will consolidate the work from primary school. 

Through the Mathematics contact, students will be taught to:- 

  • Develop fluency
  • Reason mathematically
  • Solve problems

The Mathematics conent is split into 6 main areas:-

  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Ratio, proportion and rates of change
  • Geometry and measures
  • Probabilty
  • Statistics

Lessons will be focused upon a topic to ensure they have mastered the key skills required. Also, various opportunities will arise to apply the key skills to problem-solving questions. Throughout the 3 years, topics will be revisited and revised to ensure students consolidate their knowledge. 

The impact of the Mathematics Curriculum at the end of Key Stage 3

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