Our Maths curriculum follows the Mathematics Mastery programme. The curriculum is designed with three principles in mind, with the aim to teach students the conceptual knowledge needed to solve mathematical problems successfully and with sufficient fluency to apply this knowledge to new and unfamiliar problems. Firstly, we focus on developing students’ conceptual understanding of mathematical knowledge, rather than just computation skills. This means that, rather just practice procedures for solving problems, we want our students to have a clear, conceptual grasp of the underlying ideas or principles that shape mathematics by using multiple representations (concrete, pictorial and abstract) throughout the curriculum. Secondly, we explicitly teach mathematical language and vocabulary to strengthen and support students’ mathematical reasoning and communication. Across our curriculum, students are expected to master the correct terminology, use appropriate signs and symbols, and demonstrate verbal reasoning by contributing to class discussion. Thirdly, our curriculum cultivates our students’ capability to think mathematically; which is to say, to develop mathematical ‘habits of mind’ such as being systematic and seeking out patterns. Importantly, we believe that every one of our students has an entitlement to learn the whole curriculum: we support all students to access all of the key concepts, whilst allowing for differentiation through different levels of depth or mastery of learning. Across Key Stage 3, students are taught in five 50 minute lessons each week.
The document available below shows how this is broken down by academic year and by term at KS3.