Curriculum

Mathematics

Introduction from the national curriculum: Mathematical thinking is important for all members of a modern society as a habit of mind for its use in the workplace, business and finance, and for personal decision-making. Mathematics is fundamental to national prosperity in providing tools for understanding science, engineering, technology and economics. It is essential in public decision-making and for participation in the knowledge economy. Mathematics equips pupils with uniquely powerful ways to describe, analyse and change the world.

Key Stage 3

The Key Stage 3 course has been designed to develop Numeracy skills and to encourage correct, precise and orderly Mathematics. In order to ensure that all pupils have access to an appropriate curriculum, the faculty use differentiated schemes of work, based on the “New National Framework” series, catering for all abilities. Pupils are set by mathematical ability and monitored carefully throughout their time at Kingshill School. The aims of the course are:

 

  • To build on the skills, concepts and knowledge of mathematics developed at Key Stage 2.
  • To involve pupils in lessons and activities which will help pupils gain confidence in, and enthusiasm for mathematics.
  • To give all pupils the opportunity to fully develop their potential.
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Key Stage 4

The Key Stage 4 course is primarily designed with academic success at GCSE in mind. The curriculum cover the attainment targets in mathematics by ensuring pupils have fluency in methods, are able to develop skills to apply these methods and can interpret and analayse problems in order to solve them. All pupils follow an appropriately graded course in ability groups and are monitored carefully throughout Key Stage 4. All pupils are then entered for the GCSE exam at higher/foundation tier at the end of year 11.

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Additionally
Pupils are encouraged to broaden and deepen their experience of mathematics at Kingshill School. The more able students are offered the opportunity to study GCSE Statistics and the most able follow a course in Additional Mathematics, which are again, examined in year 11. These provide an excellent foundation for those wishing to further their studies in mathematics.

All pupils have the opportunity to get involved in mathematical competitions. These have comprised of UK mathematics challenges, team challenges, famous mathematician poster competition, mathematical poems, visits to and from mathematical speakers and mathematical master-classes, to name a few. All pupils are encouraged to seek help where necessary and support is readily given to those who need it.