Mathematics is a creative discipline that has been providing solutions to history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for most forms of employment. Studying mathematics opens doors to numerous exciting careers. A high quality education in mathematics provides the foundation for understanding the world, and the ability to reason mathematically. We believe pupils must be able to read, write and verbalise their mathematical and numeracy knowledge in a safe, creative and enjoyable environment.
Key Stage 3
The mathematics department at Westborough is committed to pupils making excellent progress in their mathematical knowledge and skills. There are two key aims of the mathematics curriculum at KS3: to reinforce and build on previous learning through problem solving; and to ensure new learning is firmly embedded and mastered by pupils providing a strong foundation for GCSE Maths.
Students are initially assessed upon entry in Year 7 and the results from these baseline tests along with information from primary schools and Key Stage 2 results allows us to put students into the right ability groups. Movements between sets are made where appropriate.
The curriculum focuses on pupils exploring concepts in depth and mastering them before moving on. This ensures students make good to outstanding progress and secure a solid grounding of mathematical concepts and skills in preparation for KS4 and their GCSE mathematics exams. We assess students throughout the year in order to identify strengths and weaknesses. We reward students for making good progress, whilst always being reflective and looking to challenge students to perform even better. We have included ‘recap’ weeks in the scheme of work where students and staff work on addressing weaknesses.
We focus on developing mastery in the different areas of mathematics; building robust, fluent and confident students that can use, understand and communicate their knowledge and aim for the highest possible grade.
Key Stage 4 – Years 9, 10 and 11
The new mathematics GCSE 9-1 (Edexcel) specification is followed by Years 9, 10 and 11. Our aim is to develop fluent knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts. Students comprehend, interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context. Mathematical reasoning is a key part of the new curriculum and students acquire, select and apply mathematical techniques to solve problems accordingly and make deductions and inferences, and draw conclusions.
The two different levels of entry within GCSE mathematics are foundation (grades 5 – 1) and higher (grades 9 – 4). Students sit their GCSE examination at the end of Year 11.
A range of engaging resources and approaches are used to ensure students develop conceptual understanding. Independent learning is encouraged and supported through subscribed websites and attending morning and after school weekly revision sessions.