Maths education at AGS aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills to be confident and accurate Mathematicians. We want our students to understand that Maths does not stand alone but instead is a global language that interconnects with all other academic disciplines and real life.
Our curriculum is knowledge rich. The learning experiences of each student will provide an insight into the world of Mathematics generating intrigue and offer all students key mathematical life skills. The curriculum aims to enable our students to function successfully in the modern digitalised, data driven world. Students will be offered depth within their Mathematics lessons and learn how logic of thought will allow them to convert real life scenarios into calculable means through which they can form a coherent and logical solution.
Through problem solving, reasoning, fluency and discussion students will be encouraged to develop financial and economic literacy. Furthermore they will consider how Mathematics exists in other subject disciplines and life experiences including nature and the digital age.
The curriculum will help develop Mathematics language and build knowledge that empowers students. Powerful knowledge in Maths:
• Provides students with an appreciation of the origins and ever-changing nature of mathematical concepts and gives students the confidence to think independently and challenge these.
• Offers a unique perspective on analysis, explanation and comprehension of the modern world as well as encouraging resilience and perseverance.
• Develops a student’s functional life skills that will strengthen their social mobility and provide them with opportunity to succeed.
In addition to lessons, there will be opportunities for students to encounter Mathematics outside of the classroom including Inter-school Maths Challenges, STEM opportunities and day trips.
Students entering in Year 7 are initially placed into sets based on Key Stage 2 data from Primary schools as well as a baseline assessment that they sit at the start of year 7. The sets are then reviewed termly in order to ensure our students are at the correct level for them in order to maximise their progress.
Students follow the national curriculum throughout Key Stage 3. This is designed for students to be stretched and challenged and to make rapid progress. This is designed for students to be stretched and challenged and
ensures problem-solving, fluency and reasoning questions are involved in all lessons. Students are given strategies to approach problem-solving questions, for example using bar modelling. There are also real-life contextualised questions to help students explore how mathematical problem-solving can be applied to practical activities.
Term by term study:
|Year 7 – Pi||Year 7 – Delta|
|Autumn 1||Analysing and displaying data
|Analysing and displaying data
|Autumn 2||Expressions, functions and formulae
|Equations, functions and formulae
|Spring 1||Factors and multiples
Decimals and measures
|Angles and shapes
|Spring 2||Angles and lines||Equations|
|Summer 1||Measuring and shapes
Fractions, decimals and percentages
Perimeter, area and volume
|Summer 2||Transformations||Sequences and graphs|
Students are given opportunities to develop their Mathematical skills in the areas of Algebra, Data, Number and Shape. We also work on other skills in the classroom such as problem solving, teamwork, leadership and thinking skills, as well as regular peer and self-assessment. Students are offered additional support in after school sessions and consistently encouraged to speak to their teachers if they have anyquestions and/or require further help.
Homework is set on a weekly basis and this usually takes the form of either a Knowledge Organiser or on the MathsWatch website, with problems based on work completed that week in class or on previous topics studied.
Students have access to the MathsWatch website https://vle.mathswatch.co.uk - a very useful tool for them to enhance their skills and plug gaps in knowledge. It is recommended that students log in to this on a regular basis.
Pupil login – Username@allertongrange (students are given their username at the start of the year)
Pupil password – (pupil date of birth written in the following format) dd/mm/yyyy