The intent of the Maths Curriculum
- Present an environment where all students can learn Maths to the best of their ability and where all students’ needs are addressed positively and sensitively.
- Offer a variety of approaches to teaching and learning to engage and motivate students, encouraging their active participation in Maths.
- Provide students with techniques so that they can investigate and solve problems in school Maths and other curricular areas.
- Develop and extend a student’s ability to express themselves clearly; to reason logically and to be able to generalise.
- Build a student’s confidence in their own ability and develop mathematical skills for their usefulness and applicability in the real world.
- Develop mathematical knowledge and oral, written and practical skills that encourages confidence and enjoyment.
- Set realistic yet challenging targets, with high expectations for all students.
Maths curriculum – implementation and Impact
Pupils arriving at NSC have varied and often interrupted educational experiences so we assess them thoroughly to identify gaps in knowledge and skills which we can then address.
In KS3 pupils have 3 Maths lessons a week in small mixed ability groups with high staff to pupil ratio.
In KS4 pupils have 4 Maths lessons a week in small similar ability groups with high staff to pupil ratio.
In KS5 students that have not yet achieved GCSE 4 or Functional Skills Level 2 have Maths lessons in small similar ability groups with high staff to pupil ratio.
In KS4 and KS5 young people will have a number of opportunities to achieve qualifications at a level appropriate to them including GCSE at Higher or Foundation level, Functional Skills Level 1 & 2, Entry levels 1 to 3 or as part of an ASDAN award.
In addition to addressing gaps in pupil knowledge and skills our curriculum focuses upon 6 main areas:
- Ratio, proportion and rates of change
- Geometry and measures
The curriculum is carefully sequenced to ensure young people become increasingly confident and fluent in maths with frequent opportunities to apply their knowledge to real-life situations, develop problem solving skills, interpret data and draw conclusions which will support them in preparing for future courses, the world of work and everyday life.