MATHEMATICS CURRICULUM STATEMENT
Mathematics is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and an increasing number of careers.
Receiving a good maths education provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and the power of mathematics and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
Through use of statistical investigations, students will understand the cycle of collecting, presenting and analysing data. This is a skill necessary for many jobs and enables students to question information they are provided with. Students can use their understanding of probability to the notions of risk and uncertainty.
Your study of maths at Spires Academy will follow a carefully designed curriculum that enables students of all ability to make excellent progress. Foundations are strengthened, ensuring students are equipped with required skills for both GCSE and everyday life, students are also given opportunities to explore maths and make connections between topics. In lessons, you will be encouraged to think hard and solve problems efficiently – a skill required that universities and employers will appreciate. You will have time to explore all areas of GCSE maths – number, algebra, shape and space, ratio and proportion and probability and statistics. Students will develop fluency so they can select appropriate strategies, reason mathematically and solve mathematical problems.
Our curriculum aims to enable all young people to become:
- Successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve
- Confident individuals who lead safe and healthy lives
- Responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society
Powerful knowledge in maths
- Students are able to solve both routine and non-routine problems
- Students can apply their mathematical knowledge across the curriculum in different contexts
- Students become analytical thinkers in preparation for life beyond education
- Students can apply mathematical knowledge across subjects
- Maths is delivered through a pictorial to abstract mastery approach to support students in problem solving
- Topics are revisited at different levels enabling students to remember and then build on prior knowledge
- Syllabus finishes after term 2 Year 11, enabling students to work on gap analysis and complete interventions
- The schemes of work are differentiated into three strands top (scholar), middle (core) and foundation. This enables students follow a path that is right for them.
- University trips to the University of Kent
- UKMC maths challenges
- Kings Maths Masterclasses