Mathematics and IT
Curriculum Intent, Implementation, Impact
The habits of thinking mathematically are life-enriching. It is vital to be numerate to participate fully in society and democratic processes. The economy depends on a numerate workforce and a significant number of specialists in maths and science-related subjects. To achieve this our aim is to produce an ambitious, connected curriculum accessible to all pupils in school. Our curriculum will not only cover all the content of the National Curriculum, and GCSE, but also offer students the opportunity to sit GCSE Further Mathematics to prepare them for further study.
Our curriculum builds and links to prior knowledge at every level, progressively getting more challenging so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately. We include regular low stakes formative assessment to discover any gaps in learning which are then addressed using a ‘closing the gap’ task.
At the end of each term students will be set summative assessments which will not only allow the students and their teacher to track progress, but also the give them the opportunity to see how all areas of maths are linked through multi topic, problem solving questions. Revision time gives students the chance to stop and consolidate all that has been learnt that term, plus, the chance to look at any areas they know requires improvement, with a fresh set of eyes. Throughout their learning at The Taunton Academy students will be encouraged to think for themselves, complete activities at home to build on their learning from the lesson and extend themselves.
As a result of this rigorous and challenging curriculum every student will make good progress, regardless of starting points. Students will leave the Taunton Academy with the confidence to be able to use Maths in everyday scenarios.
Helen Aries, Head of Faculty – Mathematics and IT