Progression takes the form of an increased knowledge base and a further developed understanding of number and the processes or operations which link it to reality throughout the five main topic areas of study. It is measured, not only through formal assessment but in the way that a student can explain their thinking to demonstrate their understanding to others. We do not have a set expectation of given grades by given times, instead, we have an expectation of measurable progress each term.
Maths lessons most commonly consist of a specific theme and within the lesson we differentiate the bulk of the tasks across at least three levels, although there may well also be additional levels of intervention and extension. At KS4 it is common that at least one student who has already progressed beyond what is required at GCSE foundation level for a topic, will be working on a completely different area to their peers.
The Programmes of Study follow a spiral of learning approach where we revisit topics to reinforce what they have learnt in the past.
Each Key Stage covers Number, Algebra, Ratio and Proportion, Geometry and Probability and Statistics. Every Key Stage starts with Number.
Key Stage 2
Mathematics is delivered in a variety of ways. A very strong emphasis is placed on understanding of mathematical ideas and concepts, promoting the use of mental strategies for solving problems and developing a range of calculation strategies. The Primary Framework is used to support teaching and learning across the school. Lessons are planned to allow children experience of all areas of mathematics in practical and everyday situations, to suit a wide range of learning styles. Problem solving and Speaking and Listening skills are integral to this approach and the children are encouraged to make links between areas of learning and discuss both strategies and findings confidently. Catch up Numeracy is utilised to ensure that the key concepts of Maths are securely embedded.
Key Stage 3
Students consolidate and extend their mental and written methods of calculation. They develop their understanding of fractions, decimals, percentages and ratios. Students further explore properties of groups of numbers, such as squares, primes and cubes. In Algebra students develop their ability to manipulate algebraic expressions and solve equations. They explore connections between sequences, functions and graphs. Students discover shape and space and apply angle properties of 2D shapes and parallel lines. They learn how to transform 2-D shapes and calculate areas, perimeters, volumes and surface areas. Students also increase their understanding of a variety of measures. Students develop strategies for collecting, presenting and analysing data. They also explore theoretical and experimental probability.
Key Stage 4
GCSE Mathematics consolidates and builds upon concepts introduced in KS3. We study towards the Pearson, Edexcel GCSE qualification. Students will learn to:
Develop fluent knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts
Acquire, select and apply mathematical techniques to solve problems
Reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences, and draw conclusions
Comprehend, interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context.
Understanding mathematics is an essential life skill. The curriculum and teaching addresses not only the mastery of basic skills and recording but also has a progressive focus on real life mathematics and the more advanced concepts. Mathematics provides a means for organising, communicating and manipulating information. The ability to communicate mathematically is fundamental and students learn how to communicate with others using the language/medium of mathematics.