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Mathematics

What is taught? 

Maths is for everyone. It is diverse, engaging and essential in equipping students with the right skills to reach their future destination.

We believe that all learners should have the opportunity to benefit fully from a broad and balanced SMART curriculum programme, which makes a relevant and strong contribution to a learner’s education.

Our highly skilled and motivated teachers provide a healthy ethos for all learners. They aim to:

· Reinforce an expectation that all learners are capable of achieving high standards in Mathematics

· Foster deep conceptual and procedural knowledge at all points across the curriculum

· Ensure what is learned is sustained over time by becoming fluent in the fundamentals of Mathematics

· Encourage achievement in the areas of confidence and competence

· Develop resilience in learners and reduce anxieties in Mathematics.

This ‘mastery style’ ethos is demonstrated in Years 7 and 8, over 4 lessons per week, by adopting an inclusive Resilience or L4L curriculum, which includes a variety of learning strategies that encourage motivation and meet the needs of all learners.

Learners are taught in mixed ability groups giving rise to a collaborative learning experience, boosting confidence and allowing rapid progress to be made.

In Years 9, 10 and 11, learners study towards a qualification from Edexcel in GCSE Mathematics at Higher and Foundation tiers.

Year 9 learners have 8 lessons, Years 10 and 11 have 10 lessons, over a two-week period. Years 10 and 11 programmes include two bespoke lessons dedicated to enhancing the weak areas identified from regular formal and low-stakes assessments.

Throughout the year there are 6 assessment points for all year groups which take the form of relevant past GCSE papers.

 

How is it taught? 

Maths is a thinking subject, therefore requires a quiet calm approach. Maths is taught through demonstration and scaffolding of methods, discussion and practice. Tables are set up in groups of 4 to allow learners to share ideas, discuss solutions and compare answers. The aim of a maths lesson is to make you think. It is not designed to be easy. You must challenge yourself and not give up to solve the problem in front of you. We want you to feel the burn and leave lessons with a sense of achievement. 

 

What makes your subject unique? 

Mathematics is a universal subject and you can not do without it. It is essential to everyday life. Everybody in adulthood will use money, be required to tell the time, pay bills and taxes. Without mathematics, these basic ways of life would not be possible. Could you imagine a world without numbers?