In the Maths department we aim to embed the whole school curriculum intent, through and beyond our curriculum. We do these in line with the three principles across the school.
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We explicitly address the following financial topics:
We also teach student how mathematics can be used to mislead, via:
Students are introduced to famous mathematicians around the world and their contributions to the mathematics we study today.
In Key Stage 3, we have a Mastery curriculum, allowing students to develop both fluency and understanding. They build on their knowledge, developing the idea that we can always further our knowledge and understanding of different topics. We use rich open tasks, developing resilience, independence and ownership of learning. Clear written communication and presentation is promoted which students can use in all aspects of their learning. In Year 7, we use the White Rose scheme of learning which promotes mastery through in-depth discussion and investigation.
In terms of enriching the curriculum, we provide opportunities for students to explore their knowledge and face challenges. Previous opportunities provided include UKMT team challenges, the Maths Feast, the British Museum, Bletchley Park, Faraday Challenge and Thorpe Park. We have an annual ‘Maths Week’ which presents Maths in real life and problem solving situations to help students make links between the subject and their everyday life.
In Key Stage 4 students study the Edexcel GCSE Mathematics course. We have designed our curriculum to allow for interleaving of topics and further development mastery, problem solving and resilience. Homework is set weekly to allow our students to develop the skills to become independent learners who take ownership of their own learning. Through problem-solving questions students are provided with the opportunity to make greater connections between subjects and develop their own learning. Financial Maths is a key component of the curriculum as we seek to develop skills to manage real life situations involving compound interest, depreciation, loans and mortgages. Through work on representing and analysing data, students are able to think critically about information that is presented to them as well and to test the validity of this data.
In Key Stage 5 students can study IB Mathematics Applications and Interpretation (Standard Level). The aims of this course is to enable students to:
develop mathematical knowledge, concepts and principles
develop logical, critical and creative thinking
employ and refine their powers of abstraction and generalisation.
Students are also encouraged to appreciate the international dimensions of mathematics and the multiplicity of its cultural and historical perspectives.
The Internal Assessment stretches students beyond the outlined curriculum, giving opportunities for personal investigation. The course also encourages students to further develop their understanding through investigations and applying these to real life.
Students are given the opportunity to teach each other, becoming responsible for others' learning as well as their own.