Maths Curriculum

Intent


We aim to ensure that all pupils:

  • Learn through a curriculum that is pitched highly, to ensure challenge and with high expectations from teachers, promoting a growth mindset for learning mathematics. An ”I can’t do it YET….” attitude will support students in becoming more resilient, and therefore, confident mathematicians.
  • Are supported: adapting the curriculum, if required, to meet the needs of all learners and monitoring learning to offer intervention if necessary, using scaffolding to support learners who are still developing.
  • Are fluent: pupils are continually working on their basics to develop confidence and their number sense.
  • Have mastery: the curriculum is designed to give enough time for students to develop their understanding and they are given opportunities to deepen their understanding.
  • Can problem solve: alongside fluency, offering rich mathematical problems that do not always have a ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way of completing them. Focusing on, and rewarding, the effort and creativity, rather than a certain process.

Years 9, 10 and 11

QUALIFICATION: GCSE Mathematics (8300)
AWARDING BODY: Edexcel

Mathematics is offered at foundation or higher tier level. The final tier of entry for each student will not be decided until after mock exams in year 11.

What will I learn?
Throughout years 9, 10 and 11 you will develop your knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts, including: – Number – Algebra – Ratio, proportion and rates of change – Geometry and Measures – Probability – Statistics

How will I learn?
You will participate in a variety of learning approaches including problem solving, data analysis and mathematical reasoning. You will also learn through whole class discussion, paired work and individual practice.

How will I be assessed?
There will be 3 exam papers at the end of year 11, each 1 hour 30 minutes. Each paper can cover any of the GCSE topics.
Paper 1 Non-calculator 1h 30m [33⅓% of GCSE]
Paper 2 Calculator 1h 30m [33⅓% of GCSE]
Paper 3 Calculator 1h 30m [33⅓% of GCSE]

Possible Careers/Future Pathways:
Mathematicians are valued by employers across a variety of job sectors. Careers include accountancy, banking, retail, computing, teaching, engineering and medicine. Well-developed numerical skills are needed in most trades, such as building and carpentry.

 

Years 12 and 13

QUALIFICATION: A-Level Mathematics (9MA0)
AWARDING BODY: EDEXCEL

Why study Mathematics?
Mathematics at Advanced Level is interesting and enjoyable. People like the challenge that mathematics offers, its clarity, and the fact that you know when you are right. Solving a problem is both exciting and satisfying. Mathematics can be found to some extent in almost all professions. It will support your studies in other A level subjects, in particular science subjects, geography, PE and business studies.

What will I learn?
A Level Maths is significantly more difficult than GCSE but it is equally rewarding. In some modules, you will delve further into topics that you merely scratched the surface of in your GCSE years; in others, you will touch upon how mathematics can be applied to the world around you. There will be plenty of challenging moments but this is what makes it such a desirable qualification to universities and employers. A-level mathematics builds from GCSE level mathematics and introduces calculus and its applications. Mechanics is the application of the Pure Mathematics to the study of forces acting on particles, the effect of forces on bodies and their subsequent motion; centre of gravity and the equilibrium of rigid bodies, differential equations and vectors. Statistics is the analysis and interpretation of information in a numerical form and the study of statistical technique including the theory of probability and application to specific probability distributions like the Binomial, Normal and Poisson distributions.

How will I learn?
You will learn maths through a range of learning experiences including problem solving, data analysis and mathematical reasoning. You will participate in a variety of learning approaches including problem solving, independent study and responding to individual assessment feedback. You will also learn through whole class discussion, paired work and individual practice.

How will I be assessed?
There will be 3 exam papers, each 2 hours, all equally weighted.

What are the entry requirements?
5 GCSE grades at 9 – 4 (or equivalent), including English and at least grade 6 in GCSE mathematics.

Possible Careers/Future Pathways:
Mathematics is a key subject in many university courses and for many careers such as engineering, physics, computing, accountancy and management.