Mathematics teaches you to learn – to build up an understanding from basic principles, to develop general concepts and then to apply this understanding to specific examples. You learn to think logically, to ask questions and check out your conclusions, all of which are invaluable life skills.
It isn’t just in education that the ability to apply a process, manipulate equations and deal with basic geometry comes in useful. People find that these GCSE topics crop up again and again, whatever their walk of life.
Mathematics at key stage 3
Students in Year 7 and Year 8 follow a ‘mastery’ curriculum. This is heavily influenced by ‘Singapore Maths’. Students are expected to justify their reasoning through multiple representations. They use concrete manipulatives to deepen their understanding of the mathematics they are studying.
Numeracy is essential for success in mathematics. Curriculum time is spent ensuring that all students are fluent in a wide range of numerical skills. We encourage students to use strategies such as ‘Times Tables Rock Stars’ and various learning apps.
Students have four hours of mathematics a week. If your child qualifies for catch-up premium, they will have an additional hour of small-group tuition.
Mathematics at key stage 4
Examination Board: Edexcel
Specification Name: GCSE (9-1) Mathematics
The ‘mastery’ curriculum prepares students for GCSE study from Year 9, broken down into foundation and higher tiers. Students are directed to follow a particular course of study. However there are opportunities at assessment points for students to change tier. Assessment of your child’s mathematical ability and what they know and don’t know is central to our teaching philosophy. We issue personalised learning checklists to be stuck into exercise books for parents and students to use.
Click to read our learning programmes in mathematics.