The Maths curriculum is coherently planned and sequenced towards cumulatively sufficient knowledge and skills for future learning and employment. Students learn maths cumulatively, building on and deepening their understanding of mathematical ideas and concepts that become increasingly complex. we want pupils to build their confidence in, and enjoyment of mathematics. This will help them realise the importance of mathematics in everyday life
Key Stage Three
The year 7 curriculum follows on from the KS2 curriculum, acknowledging what students should already know from their primary years. Pupils should be confident in their understanding of the basic mathematical concepts they learned in Key Stage 2, such as arithmetic, fractions, decimals, and percentages. Pupils should be able to apply these concepts to solve problems and be comfortable with using mental and written methods to perform calculations. In Key Stage 3, maths becomes more focused on problem-solving and critical thinking. Pupils are exposed to solving a wide range of problems, including those that require logical reasoning, algebraic thinking, and spatial reasoning. As subject specialists, we will assess pupils using a baseline assessment that consists of essential key skills to check for prior learning and understanding.
Throughout Key Stage Three students will:
Catch up on and develop skills from KS2. This ensures that all pupils pupils obtain the required basic mathematical skills and knowledge.
Introduce and develop fluency with key mathematical concepts, such as algebra, problem solving, graphs and the use of formulae.
Gain confidence and independence in using mathematical equipment and scientific calculators.
Core books allow for the mastery of key concepts – complemented by Support books for those students that require extra scaffolding, and Depth books for those students that can stretch their understanding a little further.
Key Stage Four
At KS4, we begin to use, apply and develop techniques learnt at KS3 in context.
To master problem solving skills and be able to form connections between mathematical ideas and topics. This includes using and applying formulae and using calculators effectively.
To evaluate, interpret, and communicate mathematically, focusing on the implementation of KIDS (keywords, instructions, diagrams and solutions).
To prepare pupils for life beyond Royal Liberty post-KS4, taught through links to the real world, and future learning in KS5, in particular by offering pupils the opportunity to take on GCSE statistics.
What will pupils study in Maths at A level?
Pupils will study Pure Maths, Mechanics and Statistics. Pure Maths and Statistics builds on GCSE skills on Algebra, Functions, Coordinate Geometry, Sequences, Vectors, Sampling, Presentation of Data, Correlation and Probability. Mechanics builds on GCSE Physics skills of Mechanics and Forces. New topics such as Differentiation, Integration and Hypothesis testing are taught.
How will Maths prepare students for KS5?
Students aiming to do A Level maths are taught how to manipulate algebra and are challenged to use correct terminology when solving problems with proof. Algebra topics such as completing the square and solving quadratics with a range of methods are developed further at A level.
How does this link with other subjects, at KS5 and beyond? Economics, Physics, Biology and Chemistry are often studies alongside Maths linking the skills of logic, analysis, manipulating and interpreting data to problem solve efficiently.