Students in years 7, 8 and 9 follow a mastery curriculum. Our mastery curriculum is designed to follow the Key Stage 3 National Curriculum issued by the Department of Education, which builds on prior learning from primary school and leads to further study at GCSE. Whilst the topic may seem familiar to students from prior learning, students are now expected to develop this learning and be able to apply it in a range of increasingly complex problems across all areas of the maths curriculum. They are also expected to develop their reasoning skills and be expected to be able to recognise when it is appropriate to apply specific mathematical techniques to problem solving questions outside the regular context of learning.
The whole class works together on the same topic, whilst at the same time addressing the need for all pupils to master the curriculum and for some to gain greater depth and understanding. Challenge is provided by going deeper rather than accelerating into new mathematical content. Teaching is focused, rigorous and thorough, to ensure that learning is sufficiently embedded and sustainable over time. Long term gaps in learning are prevented through speedy teacher intervention. More time is spent on teaching topics to allow for the development of depth and sufficient practice to embed learning. Carefully crafted lesson design provides a scaffolded, conceptual journey through the mathematics, engaging pupils in reasoning and the development of mathematical thinking.
Students will continue to be assessed at key points throughout the year this assessment will be a mix of mastery questions on the theme previously taught and traditional GCSE style questions. Students are set homework weekly based on the topics they have been studying in class, students can attend enrichment Monday, Wednesday and Friday to support them with their homework.
Students in years 10 and 11 follow a scheme of work for Edexcel GCSE Maths, they have regular assessments to track their progress and identify any intervention needs. Lessons provide opportunities for students to develop their mathematical understanding through collaborative and independent tasks. Students are set homework weekly based on the topics they have been studying in class and each holiday they have a pack of exam papers to complete.
Enrichments for key stage for are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.