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Mathematics

Maths Curriculum Statement 

Mathematics is a creative and highly interconnected discipline that 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. Pupils should make rich connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. 

Intent 

The curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils: 

  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately 

  • reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language 

  • can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions 

As a department we aim to: 

  • To develop, maintain and stimulate students' curiosity, interest and enjoyment in mathematics. 

  • To develop students' familiarity with appropriate mathematical concepts, principles, methods and vocabulary. Encouraging pupils to use the technical language of maths to further develop their mathematical understanding. 

  • To develop students' understanding of mathematics in its widest context and to see how it relates to themselves outside school. 

  • To enable pupils to develop a range of desirable personal qualities such as politeness, perseverance, concern for others, initiative and independence. 

  • To enable independent and group work for all students. 

  • To enhance pupils metacognitive skills allowing them to link their knowledge to past and future learning. 

  • To enable all students to have equal access to mathematics and to experience success in their work. 

  • To allow students to develop transferable skills and informed opinions about their mathematics and to be able to support them by reasonable arguments. 

  • To provide the pupils with opportunities to review learning at regular intervals through retrieval practice, building long term memory and fluency of recall. 

Implementation 

To implement the intended curriculum several organisational frameworks are used: 

  • Departmental SOW that balance knowledge and skills, building components to create composite learning. 

  • Departmental curriculum review frameworks to support the review of the curriculum offer and assessment practice. 

  • Maximising learning provides a framework for the development of effective pedagogical approaches. 

  • Language for learning provides a framework to create successful approaches to support pupils understanding of the language used within Mathematics: how to read, write and reason effectively. 

  • Maximising effectiveness provides CPD opportunities within the Academy to further generate an enthusiasm and enjoyment of individuals professional practice. 

  • Coaching within the maths department provides opportunities for reflecting on current research, sharing good practice and offering non-judgemental feedback to support development. 

Impact 

The department’s continued focus of the curriculum improves: 

  • The quality of education for all learners and groups of learners. 

  • The personal development and well-being of learners. 

  • The chances for pupils to move successfully onto the next stage of their lives. 

  • The cultural, economic and societal capital to become citizens of the world.