Mathematics

Curriculum rationale:

Students studying mathematics will develop an enjoyment, enthusiasm and confidence for the subject and our aim is that all students leave as good mathematicians.  We aim to ensure that all students have fluency, a growing ability to reason mathematically and the tools to apply mathematics to solve problems with increasing sophistication so that they are able to in future courses or job roles. The mathematics students’ encounter will stretch and challenge them appropriately in order for them to reach their true potential.

They will be aware of the importance of mathematics outside the classroom, have the necessary skills to be able to thrive in life after college, and all students will leave with a qualification that helps them with their next steps.

Our curriculum ensures that all students joining Sir Jonathan North at the start of Key Stage 3 will have the opportunity to consolidate and build on the key elements of the KS2 Mathematics syllabus that will then enable all students to make sustained progress throughout Key Stage 3. The Scheme of Work will allow time for topics to be covered in depth.

 

Curriculum Design:

The curriculum designed around securing deep understanding of key knowledge and developing academic literacy. Principles for ‘making the learning stick’ are incorporated, including regular low stakes retrieval practice, elaboration and interleaving of key concepts.

Curriculum Plan:

Mathematics 5 year curriculum plan

 

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

Autumn Term

Algebra and Additive relationships

 

Algebra and Fractions

Statistics, Number and Algebra

Number and Algebra

Non-linear algebra, Statistics and Probability

Spring Term

Multiplicative Relationships

 

2D Geometry and Proportional Reasoning

Geometry (2D and 3D)

Geometry, Bearings, Constructions, Probability

 

Transformation and Vectors, Mensuration, Kinematics, Sequences, Iteration

Summer Term

Geometry and Fractions

3D Geometry and Statistics

Pythagoras, Transformations and Probability

Trigonometry and Transformations and Vectors

Revision

Curriculum Assessment:

Years 7 and 8 will have regular, low stakes diagnostic tests to check understanding and allow teachers to address misconceptions. They will also have two synoptic tests in the year to allow teachers and students to identify areas of strengths and areas to improve.

Years 9, 10 and 11 will complete assessments at the end of each topic (roughly every half term) to check their understanding. This will predominantly be made up of the most recent topic, but previous topics will also feature to ensure students are using their long term memory too. 

After an assessment students will get class feedback (as well as individual teacher feedback). Students to make corrections in green pen. Students also have a mini question level analysis sheet, allowing them to reflect on the sub topics they need to improve on. Students then have a follow up task, directed by the teacher to address areas to improve. Students will also be set homework to check understanding post-test.

Extra-curricular opportunities:

Students are encouraged to take part in a variety of challenges including the LAT Maths Team challenge for Years 7 and 10 and the UK Maths Challenges for Years 8, 9 and 10. In addition, Year 9 students are encouraged to take part in numeracy leaders where student leaders design starters and resources to deliver to younger year groups.

Essential equipment:

Each student requires their own calculator. At the beginning of the course the College advises which scientific calculator is most suitable and they can be obtained by ordering them through Beehive.