Mathematics

Curriculum Vision

 ‘Wherever there is number, there is beauty’
- Proclus, Greek philosopher-

Our curriculum journey takes the fundamental maths skills and slowly develops them into more advanced concepts. Throughout their time at Chapel High, students experience increasingly difficult mathematical concepts as well as being challenged to apply their understanding in unfamiliar contexts, including the growth of reasoning and problem solving skills.

We pride ourselves in helping students to become logical problem solvers meaning that the reasoning and problem solving questions form a significant part of each learning journey, spanning from within a single lesson to across the 5 years maths curriculum. It is this problem solving ability that will develop an individual’s love for maths and allow them to enter the wider world equipped to overcome whatever obstacles they encounter.

Knowledge and Skills

Staff and students work hard to develop a range of knowledge and skills which can be applied across the maths curriculum, often seeing that topic areas as interlinked by content or by the skills or approach needed. We begin by ensuring that all students have strong numeracy skills as this helps them to understand that there are often multiple valid methods to reach the correct answer. This supports our teaching for understanding approach and helps students overcome any preconceptions they have about maths, whilst developing an affinity for the subject. In years 8 to 11, we slowly build students maths skills with increasingly challenging topics within the 5 key content areas:

  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Ratio, Proportion and Rates of Change
  • Geometry and Measures
  • Statistics and Probability

Every student will learn topics from each content area each year by revisiting the previous year’s learning and building upon it to give the opportunity for consolidation as well as stretch and challenge for all, regardless of any prior attainment levels.

Alongside the knowledge students acquire, we also do a significant amount of work on transferrable skills which can be broadly broken down into: fluency, reasoning and problem solving. These skill areas help us to develop well rounded mathematicians who have a high level of enjoyment for the subject, as well as building transferable skills which they can apply to other subjects and real life scenarios.

Context

We have worked tirelessly over the years to build a curriculum that promotes a love and interest in mathematics whilst supporting those who struggle and challenging those who excel. We have built a strong belief that through a teaching for mastery approach and the development of transferrable skills that anyone can become a competent mathematician.

Curriculum Content

Years 7 and 8

Students are placed into ability sets from the beginning of year 7, allowing teachers to match teaching to the needs of their learners more effectively. The groups follow one of three different schemes of work and these allow time for the development of deeper understanding at the appropriate pace.

Year 7 topics include:

  • Analysing and displaying data
  • Number skills including addition, subtraction, multiplication and division
  • Expressions, equations and formulae
  • Angles
  • Shape work including area and perimeter
  • Drawing graphs
  • Fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Transformations

Year 8 topics vary from group to group, but generally include:

  • Shapes and measures in 3D
  • Probability
  • Fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Angles
Coursebooks used Pearson Exploring Maths
Tier 2 to 7
RECOMMENDED WEBSITES bbc.co.uk/bitesize
www.mathswatchvle.com (students have a login)

Years 9, 10 and 11

All students study maths to GCSE, following either the foundation tier route or the higher tier route, both of which are examined at the end of year 11.

Qualification GCCE Mathematics (9-1) from 2015
Board Edexcel
Syllabus number 1MA1
Website link http://www.edexcel.com
Assessment details Three written exam papers contribute equally to the qualification
Each paper lasts 1 hour 30 minutes
Paper 1 Non-calculator, Papers 2 & 3 Calculator
Exams in the Summer of year 11 only
Recommended coursebook if appropriate Edexcel GCSE Mathematics (9-1) Higher Student Book
Publisher: Pearson
Author: Edexcel
ISBN: 9781447980209
Or
Edexcel GCSE Mathematics (9-1) Foundation Student Book
Publisher: Pearson
Author: Edexcel
ISBN: 9781447980193
RECOMMENDED REVISION GUIDES AND WORKBOOKS

Revise Pearson Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Mathematics Revision Guide Higher
ISBN: 978-1447988090
Or
Foundation
ISBN: 978-1447988045

Revise Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Mathematics Revision Workbook Higher
ISBN: 978-1292210889
Or
Foundation
ISBN: 978-1447987925

Revise Pearson Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Mathematics Past Papers Plus Higher
ISBN: 978-1292096315
Or
Foundation
ISBN: 978-1292274638

Websites bbc.co.uk/bitesize
www.mathswatchvle.com (students have a login)

Extra-curricular opportunities

We offer a full range of after school revision classes and intervention groups to provide additional support and teaching for students of all abilities. We also have student leaders who volunteer to teach lower school students after school. We participate in the UK Maths Challenge every year, entering students from year 7 and year 10.


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