Mathematics

Subject leader

Curriculum Leader - Donna Bedford 

donna.bedford@swale.at

 

KS3 Coordinator of Mathematics - James Liles

james.liles@swale.at

 

“The only way to learn mathematics is to do mathematics.”

Paul Halmos 

 

Curriculum Intent

Learning Journey

The purpose of our Maths curriculum is to offer an engaging, exciting and challenging curriculum through the delivery of outstanding teaching.  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. 

 

The sequencing of our curriculum has been carefully designed, enabling students to build upon prior knowledge and skills. Students are taught to develop fluency and reasoning, ensuring they are equipped to mathematically model and solve problems- often in real life situations and context.

 

Each lesson will require students to recall and retrieve prior knowledge, thus ensuring a deeper level of knowledge based and conceptual understanding of mathematics. 

Students are taught in ability groups within both the higher and foundation pathways. The set they are in will match their strengths, abilities and interests with regard to Mathematics.

Curriculum implementation 

KS3

Students will study maths 4 hours per week. We follow a mastery approach to maths teaching, using White Rose maths which uses a CPA (concrete, pictorial, abstract) approach for a well-rounded delivery of content. This covers the main areas of the maths curriculum including geometry, algebra, number, ratio, probability and statistics.

All lessons are differentiated to meet all student’s needs but also provides a challenge which prepares them for GCSE content later in the curriculum.

Year 7

In terms 1&2 students will study the following units:

Algebraic Thinking 

Place value and proportion 

 

In terms 3&4 students will study the following units:

Application of number 

Directed number 

Fractional thinking 

 

In terms 5&6 students will study the following units:

Lines and angles 

Reasoning with number

Year 8

In terms 1&2 students will study the following units:

Proportional reasoning

Representations 

 

In terms 3&4 students will study the following units:

Algebraic techniques 

Developing numbers

 

In terms 5&6 students will study the following units:

Developing geometry 

Reasoning with data 

Year 9

In terms 1&2 students will study the following units:

(transitional SOW for 2021 only)

Multiplying and dividing fractions 

Area of Trapezia and circle

Summer Measures of location

Working in the cartesian plane 

Angles in parallel lines and polygons

Forming and solving equations

 

In terms 3&4 students will study the following units:

Using Percentages 

Maths and money

Gap analysis

Number

 

In terms 5&6 students will study the following units:

Introduction to algebra

Introduction to graphs, tables and charts

Introduction to fractions and percentages

Gap analysis and consolidation

KS4

We follow a 2-year GCSE mathematics curriculum for KS4, commencing in year 10- this is delivered as 5 lessons per week.

 

Students will have the opportunity to take an additional GCSE in statistics in KS4. Students will be identified for suitability for Statistics GCSE based on their KS3 Mathematics attainment. 

 

Students may be identified as being a suitable candidate to take entry level mathematics, or functional skills mathematics depending on their attainment and support requirements.

 

Statistics/functional skills are allocated an additional 1-hour per week- commencing in term two of yr 10.

 

For students not sitting functional skills, or statistics, an extra mathematics lesson will be timetabled, to further deepen their skills in mathematics.

 

Ks4 delivery of maths consists of 5 Hours per week on GCSE Mathematics. In addition to this, students will have 1-hour lesson allocated for either statistics, functional skills or gap analysis.

 

Exam board for GCSE Mathematics:

 

OCR 

 

The exam board spec can be found:

 

https://www.ocr.org.uk/Images/168982-specification-gcse-mathematics.pdf


 

Exam board for Statistics:

 

Edexcel

 

The exam board specification can be found using this link:

 

https://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/GCSE
/Statistics/2017/specification-and-sample-assessments/gcse-9-1-statistics-specification.pdf

Year 10

In terms 1&2 students will work on the following areas:

Unit 1 Number, 

Unit 2 Algebra,

Unit 4 Fractions and percentages, 

Unit 6 Angles,

Unit 5 Equations, inequalities and sequences

 

In terms 3&4 students will work on the following areas:

Unit 9 Graphs, 

Unit 8 Perimeter, area and volume, 

Unit 12 Right-angled triangles 1, 

Unit 10 Transformations, Unit 11 Ratio and proportion, 

 

In terms 5&6 students will work on the following areas:

Unit 3 Graphs, tables and charts, 

Unit 13 Probability, 

Unit 7 Averages and range, 

Unit 14 Multiplicative reasoning, 

Unit 15 Constructions, loci and bearings

Year 11

In terms 1&2 students will work on the following units:

Combined events

Units and proportionality

Sequences 

Graphs

 

In terms 3&4 students will:

Gap analysis from mocks. Revision for final exams. 

In term 5 students will:

Gap analysis from mocks. Revision for final exams. 

Homework

Homework is set weekly on Mathswatchvle.

https://vle.mathswatch.co.uk/vle/

 

Students are expected to watch a weekly tutorial and take notes as retrieval practice and revision. 

There will be a short interactive task to try each week to check for understanding. 

 

We run weekly homework clubs for each year group for students who cannot access this platform at home, or those who would like extra support with homework tasks.

 

Yr 11 students are likely to be set revision homeworks based on gap analysis from mocks, as well as past papers online.

Additional websites and resources

https://vle.mathswatch.co.uk/vle/- for all homework tasks. Please note that students can use this site for revision of any topic independently.

 

https://corbettmaths.com/contents/- There are tutorial videos for most topics on here, as well as tasks to try.

 

We follow White rose maths for KS3- there are parent/carer guides on their website, as well as tutorial videos and home tasks.

 

https://whiterosemaths.com/for-parents/