CURRICULUM

# Maths

##### Intent

The mathematics department strives to ensure that all students develop essential knowledge and skills to be successful both during and beyond their school years. Only the best is good enough for our students and we ensure that this is achieved through the consistent and collaborative teaching and planning across the department.

We want to develop a curriculum that provides students with access to important mathematical ideas to develop the mathematical knowledge and skills that they will draw on in their future lives. We want the curriculum to form the basis on which further study and research in mathematics and many other fields are built.

The mathematics curriculum at MHS builds on students’ prior learning and focuses on developing increasingly sophisticated and refined mathematical understanding, fluency, reasoning, computational thinking and problem solving. These capabilities enable students to respond to familiar and unfamiliar situations by employing mathematics to make informed decisions and solve problems efficiently.

Content covered supports student learning across the wider whole school curriculum by ensuring that the links between the various components of mathematics, as well as the relationship between mathematics and other subjects, are emphasised. Mathematics is composed of multiple but interrelated and interdependent concepts and structures which students can apply beyond the mathematics classroom.

##### What are the key concepts that have to be mastered for pupils to be successful in this subject?

- Fluency in number skills
- Problem-solving skills that can be applied in all mathematical areas
- Reasoning and understanding of geometry and statistics
- Fluency in algebraic manipulation
- Reasoning and understanding of probability

##### Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3, students develop fluency, reasoning skills and their ability to solve problems through mathematical constructs. The Key Constructs underpin the Mathematics Mastery cumulative curriculum, and will therefore be continually developed and built upon across academic years. The curriculum overview below shows when they are explicitly focused upon for the first time.

##### Scheme of Work Overview

### Year 7

### Year 8

### Year 9

##### Key Stage 4

The mathematics department follow the AQA 8300 Specification. Pupils will follow either Higher-level GCSE (Grade 4-9) or Foundation level GCSE (Grade 1-5). Suitability for each course is determined by Key Stage 4 target grades and also assessments during years 7, 8 and 9. The GCSE course is assessed by three written exams. Paper 1 is non-calculator; Paper 2 and Paper 3 are calculator based.

##### Scheme of Work Overview

### Year 10 Foundation

### Year 10 Higher

### Year 11 Foundation

### Year 11 Higher

##### Key Stage 5

The mathematics department follows the AQA A Level 7357 Specification. The course is assessed by three written exams sat at the end of Year 13. Paper 1 Pure (2hrs), Paper 2 Pure and Mechanics (2hrs), and Paper 3 Pure and Statistics (2hrs).

A level Mathematics is a mixture of pure (core) mathematics (4 units); and applications of mathematics, Mechanics and Statistics (2 units).