The Maths curriculum area is located in Block 3: INNOVATE.
Maths forms part of the core curriculum at KS3 and 4. Students can elect to study A levels in Maths and Further Maths at Post 16. We also offer Mathematical Studies, commonly known as Core Maths.
All students can do Maths. We teach our subject at Key Stage 3 using the White Rose materials, which many students are familiar with from primary school. This programme encourages students to make links between topics; express their Maths visually and explain their reasoning.
At Key Stage 4 students work towards a Higher tier or Foundation tier GCSE. The course is assessed at the end of Year 11 through 3 final examinations (2 calculator papers and 1 non-calculator paper) and there is no coursework. We use the Edexcel examination board. We decide on your tier by looking at your work in KS3 and thinking about your future career path. A Foundation course covers work from level 1-5 and the Higher course from level 4-9. Both courses will equip you with the Maths that you need for life and further study, there is an emphasis on using Maths to reason and solve problems.
Maths contributes to the school curriculum by developing pupils’ abilities to calculate; to reason logically, algebraically, and geometrically; to handle data; to build resilience, curiosity, and a desire to solve real problems. Maths is important for pupils in many other areas of study, particularly Science and Technology. It is also important in everyday living, in many forms of employment and in public decision-making.
Mathematics presents frequent opportunities for creativity and can stimulate moments of pleasure and wonder when a problem is solved for the first time, or a more elegant solution to a problem is discovered, or when hidden connections suddenly manifest. The subject transcends cultural boundaries and its importance is universally recognised. Mathematics helps us to understand and change the world.
Maths Programme of Study
Websites & Blogs:
Tallis Post 16 Maths page
NRich teaching resource
Mr Fyfe's maths website
The Maths Zone blog
Number Loving blog
STEM Smile Cards
Dr James Tanton's Youtube Channel
More or Less BBC Radio Programme