The Becket Way 
Wilford Lane, West Bridgford 
Nottingham, NG2 7QY
0115 982 4280

Mathematics

The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge, for the ears of the wise seek it out” - Proverbs 18:15
In Mathematics, our ambitious curriculum is designed to help our pupils become deep and critical
mathematical thinkers.
 
Our curriculum aims to equip students with the knowledge and insight to see and reason the world through a mathematical lens.
Mr T Pickup ~ Leader of Learning
Mathematics Statement Of Intent

Core Objectives

The curriculum is designed to ensure that all students are challenged to excel in their Mathematics education including both their attainment in examinations and developing their holistic skillset. Mathematics curriculum aims to create learners who are confident in their mathematical ability, able to solve problems, develop their resilience and can use their skills in other subjects/unfamiliar situations. Our curriculum aims to inspire students to study Maths at University, A level or confidently use their mathematical knowledge within their chosen areas of study or future career path.


Students will receive a Mathematics curriculum from specialist Mathematics teachers at all levels. The Mathematics curriculum has the breadth and depth to provide students with all the relevant skills to succeed in their future and the options offered by the department provide different pathways for students.


The curriculum is ambitious and provides stretch, challenge and support for all learners. As a department we aim to inspire young people to become passionate Mathematicians with aspirations to study Maths at A level, Level 3 Core Maths and in Higher Education. For our most disadvantaged learners we provide supplementary curriculum support classes through a Direct Instruction Programme in Year 7 and 8; as well as weekly intervention classes in Years 9 and 11.


The curriculum is sequenced to support the development of the mathematical growth for each individual student, with concepts being introduced with the appropriate depth at the appropriate age for each year group.


In KS3, Year 7 and 8 students study a Mastery curriculum that enables them to develop deeper understanding of fundamental mathematical knowledge that underpins areas of Number, Algebra, Geometry, Ratio and Proportion and Data and Statistics:


- Year 7 curriculum focuses heavily on the algebraic reasoning and the understanding of number theory


- Year 8 curriculum builds on Year 7 through the application of this understanding in
geometric, proportional and statistical contexts.


In KS4, students build on knowledge learned in KS3. Students study either the GCSE Higher or Foundation Tier. The curriculum develops students’ mathematical knowledge in fluency, reasoning and problem solving contexts. In both tiers in Years 9 , 10 and 11 students will study units of new content that cover the five areas that are assessed in the exam specification:
- Number
- Algebra
- Geometry
- Ratio and Proportion
- Probability and Statistics


The KS5 curriculum is split into Pure and Applied (Statistics and Mechanics) and has a strong emphasis on students’ ability to reason algebraically in all mathematical contexts.


- Year 12 initially builds on algebraic concepts in GCSE before studying new graphical,
trigonometric and geometric concepts. Students are introduced to calculus
(differentiation and integration) and how to construct algebraic proof. Students learn
to apply this learning to real life models in Pure Mathematics as well the Applied side
when they study Statistics and Mechanics.


- Year 13 develops concepts learned in Y12 further - particularly in areas such as
trigonometry, differentiation and integration. Students will be further expected to
learn and construct proofs for mathematical concepts, e.g. proving using sin^2x +
cos^2x = 1 to form other trigonometric identities

Key Principle 1 - Gospel Values
The Mathematics curriculum at all key stages is designed to align with the gospel values of the school. Our purpose is to provide an outstanding and fulfilling Mathematics education with the values of Christ at its centre. 

Students are challenged to develop themselves as disciples through the setting and maintaining of high standards of the key principles of work hard, be kind and do the right thing. Student effort and achievement is celebrated with the underlying principle that every student can succeed in Mathematics. The Mathematics curriculum provides opportunities for students to develop a greater understanding of how to be a thoughtful citizen.

Within our lessons we will promote that all students follow the Becket Way, ensuring that through hard work and discipline our young people will become the disciples that Christ wishes us to be
Key Principle 2 - Powerful Knowledge
The Mathematics curriculum emphasises to students the importance of mathematical understanding and fluency in succeeding in both academic qualifications and future career paths.

We aim to instil powerful mathematical knowledge within students in order to enable them to think, reason and interpret the world through a mathematical lens. Students will receive clear instruction from an expert that builds upon their prior knowledge to increase their mathematical capacity.

Students will receive high quality feedback on where their mathematical misconceptions are, how they should be resolved and opportunities provided for
students to make these improvements.

The Mathematics curriculum supports students in developing their long-term retrieval of knowledge and efficient fact recall. Strategies that will facilitate this will include regular low-stakes assessments and learner checks, which will enable both students and teachers to regularly identify gaps in understanding. Students will learn how to use their ‘building block’ fact knowledge to extended problems and unfamiliar settings
Key Principle 3 - Enrichment
The Curriculum is challenging and builds a deep understanding allowing students to use their skills and techniques from Mathematics in other subjects and their future. The Mathematics department supports both students and colleagues in other departments with understanding maths rich parts of their curriculum. The Mathematics department provides opportunities at each transition stage to ensure students understand their options and how Mathematics is part of their personal goal.


Students have the opportunity to take part in a range of extracurricular activities including UKMaths Challenges Challenges, Pi Day Memory Competition and a Problem  Solving Competition.

As a department we will continue to promote STEM career pathways through opportunities such as running our annual trips to the Big Bang Fair in Birmingham. Furthermore we will continue to support our KS5 students with university applications that require them to complete the STEP exams in order to study Mathematical and Natural Sciences at the UK’s top universities.