Mathematics is a creative and highly interconnected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. Our high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject. 

Mathematics is an interconnected subject in which pupils learn to be able to move fluently between representations of mathematical ideas. The programme of study for Key Stage 3 is sequenced into, what may appear to be, distinct domains, but pupils build on knowledge gained in Key Stage 2 and build connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. 

Each area of study in mathematics is connected to the others and we retrieve, affirm and build the knowledge and understanding as we progress through the curriculum. For example when learning about and how to apply Pythagoras’ theorem in Year 9 we need previous teaching from Number with an understanding of square numbers and square roots, from Algebra with the application of substitution and rearranging equations and from Geometry in the knowledge of the properties of shapes and specifically triangles. 

We have recently enrolled to become a Problem-solving School; this is an exciting new initiative to help schools raise the profile of mathematical problem-solving and nurture better problem-solvers. Problem-solving often involves taking wrong turns and making mistakes: every learner has the right to struggle and the right to enjoy success. We have committed to regularly embed non-standard problem-solving opportunities in our maths curriculum for all. 

Through the mathematics programme of study we enable pupils to acquire the necessary skills and knowledge to progress to further education, employment and training with increasing numbers able to progress directly to level 3 qualifications. 

Encourage your child to succeed – please reinforce the belief that doing well in Maths is achievable. 
Homework will be set weekly on Sparx, however we strongly encourage your Son/Daughter to use their free time to access Sparx as regularly and frequently as possible as it is an incredibly powerful tool for students to use. It will reinforce the learning and support that they have received in lesson and will give them the ability to consolidate their knowledge or move on to more challenging areas of Mathematics. It is a subscription service that the Academy has purchased for all students and every topic has an instructional video and a quiz that contains questions for them to complete after the video. It has been statistically shown that more time spent on Sparx will lead to positive gains in terms of marks attained on assessments. 

All Maths classrooms have scientific calculators. Students are encouraged to have their own scientific calculator to use at home to familiarise themselves with it and to revise/complete homework efficiently. The school uses the Casio FX-83GT PLUS. 

Students are given the chance to extend their mathematical knowledge through extra-curricular activities, e.g. enrichment trips and the national maths challenge throughout the year. We also have highly skilled staff to be able to offer a Further Mathematics GCSE qualification for high performing Year 11 students who are currently studying on the Higher Tier. 

Please encourage your child to succeed – reinforce the belief that doing well in Maths is achievable.