Mathematics Curriculum Overview
“Mathematics is not about numbers, equations, computations, or algorithms: it is about understanding” William Paul Thurston
Being part of the Academy Transformation Trust family, we ensure our curriculum is ambitious and enjoyable through knowledge and skills developed throughout their time at Bristnall Hall. It is inclusive and knowledge rich and it is broad in terms of coverage and (at least) encompassing the breadth of the 2014 English National Curriculum. We ensure it meets the needs of our students and helps to develop character, personal pride and the highest moral standards.
Mathematics is a creative and highly interconnected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject. (National Curriculum – Mathematics)
The mathematics curriculum ensures that all learners develop conceptual understanding irrespective of their starting point. Throughout their time in the Academy lessons in mathematics reflect the ability and the prior knowledge of the young people.
Basic skills are embedded throughout KS3 through regular skills tests, which are differentiated to ensure that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
The curriculum at KS3 introduces learners to the skills they require in order to complete the GCSE course in KS4. All assessment is based on GCSE-style questions. The opportunities to apply the learned skills in context is paramount to developing mathematical reasoning using the correct mathematical vocabulary and language.
Every opportunity is taken to encourage young people to see mathematics in the real world by utilising the relationships we have with external providers, local universities and in school initiatives to promote the importance of mathematics beyond the classroom environment.
Mathematics plays a large part in many other subject areas, particularly science. Through Numeracy across the Curriculum we ensure learners and staff can recognise opportunities to use the mathematical skills in other subject areas effectively and purposefully.
Learners follow a scheme of work that ensures all topics that are required knowledge for the final GCSE examination are taught. Learning is scaffolded throughout KS3 into KS4.
To ensure that ALL students make progress based on their understanding learners are set initially by their KS2 grade. Constant assessment allows pupils who make rapid progress to move into sets where they are challenged. Similarly, young people who are not sufficiently able with earlier material have the opportunity to consolidate their learning before moving on.
Independent learning is promoted through all year groups. Hegarty Maths is our primary tool in reinforcing this. Most homework is through Hegarty Maths and allows learners to pre–visit curriculum areas that are being taught in class. Revision for assessments is also available, as students are pre-notified of the curriculum topics that are forming the assessment. At any time, learners can re-visit curriculum areas to consolidate or refresh their learning. This allows us to make an informed decision in KS4 as to whether a learner should follow a higher tier curriculum or a foundation tier curriculum.
- Mrs A Hardman – Area Lead
- Mrs H Bassi – Second in Mathematics
- Mr H Patel – Key stage leader
- Mrs J Bhogal – Numeracy across the curriculum
- Mr P Burrowes – Lead Practitioner
- Miss A Kailey – Aim Higher
- Mrs R Miah – Lead Teacher
- Mrs K Greatrex – Academic Coach
- Mr I Jones
- Mrs G Bradley
- Miss I Chance
Useful websites/resources for students and parents
- https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-mathematics-programmes-of-study/national-curriculum-in-england-mathematics-programmes-of-study – National Curriculum – Mathematics – programmes of study
- https://www.azquotes.com/author/31394-William_Thurston –William Thurston
- https://vle.mathswatch.co.uk/vle/ – Mathswatch