Curriculum Intent Statement for Mathematics
The maths curriculum at GM school is designed to enable pupils to become maths literate, keen problem solvers and develop fluency in procedures.
We provide a demanding and interesting curriculum that enables pupils to discover patterns in data, reasoning and analytical skills for problem solving, and how these processes link to their wider applications. We are committed to developing students’ passion for mathematics as well as an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematical reasoning.
“Maths is easy and sweet if you understand it”
Maths curriculum starts from Year 7 through to Year 11. Key Stage 3 is taught across 7 lessons each fortnight. Key Stage 4 students have 8 lessons each fortnight over Years 10 and 11.
There are opportunities for a variety of learning styles. These include problem-solving; investigations; practical Mathematics; teacher exposition; routine practice; use of spreadsheet, database and dynamic geometry and graphing computer programs; strategy games and discussion.
There are five main areas of Mathematics addressed:
- Number – this focuses on general calculations
- Algebra – introduces abstract reasoning and problem-solving
- Geometry – this helps develop spatial awareness and also introduces various concepts of proof
- Data Handling – in a world ruled more and more by data, this helps develop the representation and analysis of data whilst testing hypotheses
- Ratio and Proportion – this focuses on ratio, proportion and rate of change.
The lessons and work we give to pupils are ambitious and sequenced effectively so that pupils will know and remember more and achieve excellent outcomes.
Using & applying number & algebra; Number & the number system; Calculations (mental method & written methods); Equations, formulae & identities; Sequence functions & graphs; Using & applying space, shape & measure; Geometrical reasoning; Transformations & coordinates; Measures & constructions; Using applying handling data; Collecting data; Processing & representing data; functional Maths; Interpreting & discussing data; Measures & construction; Specifying the problem & planning.
Number & the number system; Solving numerical problems; Equations, formulae & identities; Sequences, functions & graphs; Geometrical reasoning Transformation & coordinates; Measures & constructions; Collecting data; Functional Maths; Processing & representing data; Interpreting & discussing data.
Text books for KS4: Edexcel Maths A Linear higher and Foundation.
George Osei-Frimpong; Curriculum leader for Maths:
Maths Homework is set on two websites:
MyMaths: This website is designed for all KS3 and KS4 students. All teachers set their classes homework for students to complete online at home. Students can also use the extensive range of animated lessons to revise from or even extend their learning in their spare time.
Maths Watch: This website enhances learning of maths by analysing the students’ working out. This helps prepare them for examinations