He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. 32 Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.” (Matthew 13:31-32)
Curriculum Intent Statement
The aim of this curriculum is to develop students’ ability to reason mathematically, solve problems and develop conceptual understanding alongside procedural fluency. Representations and structures will be used to support the understanding of the underlying concepts needed to solve problems. These include: ratio tables, bar models and number-lines. The powerful knowledge such as algebra, statistics and geometry will be vital in different disciplines in virtually every career and the development of reasoning skills will allow students to become confident, independent learners in the future.
The Curriculum reflects the Sacred Strands and Sacred Values through the development of the following strands:
(i) Determination – This is developed through facing difficult problems within rich and anchor tasks which allow the pupils to learn that struggle is an important part of learning.
(ii) Ambition – Pupils are made aware of the place that Maths has and the importance in different careers and thus helps them to develop an ambitious attitude towards the subject.
(iii) Equality – Pupils are taught from year 7 to understand that they all have ability and thus can be mathematicians.
The Curriculum gives is designed such that pupils break down the key powerful knowledge into small steps covering a broad range of topics within Mathematics which build upon each other, Pupils are given the opportunity to develop fluency and then apply this knowledge to a variety of context which allow the knowledge to develop from being inflexible to eventually being mastered and thus allows for a broad and deep education in Mathematics.
Opportunities for enrichment in Mathematics is the following:
- A maths club run for pupils from year 7-11 to develop higher level reasoning skills and to look at specific areas of Mathematic e.g. ciphers.
- Some year 9/10 pupils are taken on trip to take part in the UK Mathematics Trust UK Maths Challenge.
- We have had links with the University of Manchester who have come in and given lectures to the pupils regarding topics within Mathematics.
- We are planning to run a museum trip to London in the future (After Covid) to the Science Museum (Winton Gallery)