Head of Department: Miss T Barratt

Exam Board: Edexcel

Power standards:

  1. To be confident with basic numeracy.
  2. To know and use a method or formula.
  3. To apply one method in multiple contexts.
  4. To select the correct method for any context.
  5. To use mathematical reasoning in a worded answer.

 

KS3 Curriculum Overview - Year 7-8

 

At Key Stage 3, we work closely with the Mathematics Mastery programme, which has been inspired by internationally recognised practice, particularly drawing on evidence from Singapore and Shanghai. It is currently used in 530 schools across the UK.

The Mathematics Mastery approach has three key principles: deep understanding, mathematical thinking and mathematical language, with problem solving at the heart of our curriculum.

 

For Year 7:

 

For Year 8:

 

KS4 Curriculum Overview - Year 9-11

 

Our KS4 curriculum follows the Edexcel 9-1 GCSE Scheme of Work, with the sequencing slightly adapted to suit online learning during Summer 2020.

 

Please note:

  • Year 9 2020-21 will begin on GCSE Year 1.
  • Year 10 and Year 11 2020-21 have completed Year 1 and will continue their learning with Year 2 of the course.

 

GCSE Year 1

Autumn

Basic Number; Basic Algebra; Statistics.

Spring

Fractions, Percentages and Ratio;

Lengths and Angles.

Summer

Advanced Algebra; Area and Volume; Similarity and Congruence.

 

GCSE Year 2

Autumn

Graphs and Functions; Probability; Transformations and Constructions.

Spring

Multiplicative reasoning and proportion; Vectors; Circle Theorems (Higher Tier only).

Summer

Bespoke scheme of work based on question level analysis of assessments to date.

 

For more information about individual topics, please contact tbarratt@arkgreenwich.org.

 

Enrichment and Drop-down Days

At Key Stage 4, students have additional Maths and English lessons during enrichment time.

The Mathematics department are heavily involved in Drop Down Days throughout the year, with most years having at least one day focused on Mathematics. At Key Stage 3, this could be a day in school completing fun STEAM-based activities. For Key Stage 4, this could be a day focused to exam preparation and revision.

 

Ambition and Careers

In 2017, Sir Adrian Smith published a review of post-16 mathematics education for the government. Some key quotes from the report can be found below:

  • ‘Adults with basic numeracy skills earn higher wages and are more likely to be in employment than those who fail to master these skills.’
  • ‘Individuals who achieve five or more good GCSEs (including English and mathematics) as their highest qualification have a lifetime productivity gain worth around £100,000 compared to those with below level 2 or no qualifications.’
  • ‘Around half of individuals in jobs where mathematical sciences qualifications are essential were found to have salaries of £29,000 or more, compared with only 19 per cent of the UK workforce overall.’
  • ‘In the UK, around seven in ten employees report that quantitative skills are essential or important to carry out their work. … In 2012, around 20 per cent of young people in the UK did not have basic skills.’

 

Cultural Capital

By studying Mathematics, our students gain:

  • basic numeracy for real world application.
  • the ability to interpret and evaluate credibility of statistical diagrams in real life.
  • the ability to represent data convincingly.
  • financial understanding for real world application.
  • the ability to evaluate credibility of financial offers.
  • spatial understanding for creative/technical/physical industries.
  • graphical understanding complementary to Science and Geography curriculum, providing future opportunities in both fields.