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Mathematics

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Ethos and Overview

Maths is a subject that builds an essential toolkit of problem-solving strategies

Students at The Taunton Academy know the importance of Maths: it unlocks college courses and job opportunities, as well as helping them to be numerate and employ a methodical approach to problems. The modern-day world revolves around Maths, with numeracy and logical systems being used in a vast number of professions as well as being at the heart of most technologies.

Intent

At the Taunton Academy our intent is to ensure that all students leave us with the confidence and ability to use maths in everyday scenarios. To achieve this students at The Taunton Academy will follow the National Curriculum programmes of study for Mathematics.  The scheme of learning for students in maths at Taunton Academy aligns with the aims of the National Curriculum to ensure that all pupils:

  • Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
  • Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.
  • Can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.

Implementation

We start at KS3 Maths by building a solid foundation for students, which in turn, gives them the best possible chance of success at KS4 and GCSE.  Through a spiralling curriculum, students will develop their knowledge and skills, building on previous studies and allowing for interconnection between different strands of maths; number, algebra, ratio & proportion, geometry & measure, statistics and probability. Starters each lesson will begin to assess content from previous terms promoting the idea of constant revision and recapping. Through our 5 book marking policy students’ class work will receive feedback each lesson allowing the teacher to identify any misconceptions in preparation for the following lesson.  At the end of each term students will sit an assessment based on the topics covered.

Mathematics is progressive in nature and therefore moving through to KS4 students will reflect and build upon content taught at KS3. A recent change in both the content and rigour of the GCSEs means that students can expect that GCSE Mathematics will provide evidence of students’ achievements against demanding and fulfilling content, to give students the confidence that the mathematical skills, knowledge and understanding that they will have acquired during the course of their study are as good as that of the highest performing jurisdictions in the world.

Impact

In studying GCSE Maths students will be provided with a strong foundation for further academic and vocational study and for employment, to give them the appropriate mathematical skills, knowledge and understanding to help them progress to a full range of courses in further and higher education. This includes Level 3 mathematics courses as well as Level 3 and undergraduate courses in other disciplines such as biology, geography and psychology, where the understanding and application of mathematics is crucial. Mathematics is essential in life in understanding financial literacy and for the majority of career pathways.