Our curriculum intent
Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected 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 intent of our mathematics curriculum is therefore to provide 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.
We intend to design a curriculum, which is accessible to all and will maximise the development of every child’s ability and academic achievement. Our curriculum will be rich in both skills and knowledge, allowing students to apply what they learn in mathematics to other subjects. Students will obtain this knowledge and be able to apply it by becoming fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, through frequent and varied practice with increasingly complex problems over time. It is essential that students can reason mathematically in and out of the classroom, and so our curriculum will provide opportunities for students to follow a line of enquiry, conjecture relationships and generalisations, and develop an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language. Students who grasp concepts rapidly will be challenged by being offered rich and sophisticated problems before any acceleration through new content. Those who are not sufficiently fluent with earlier material will consolidate their understanding, through additional DIRT practice, before moving on.
Through our curriculum, the expectation for our students is that they will develop and master the main skills during key stage 3 in the basics of Number, Algebra, Geometry, Proportion and Statistics. These skills will then be consolidated and extended throughout key stage 4 to develop even greater links and challenge students to progress onto the most challenging areas within these topics. These areas will become the building blocks for the next stage of their mathematical journey into A level mathematics and further education.