Mathematics is taught as a specialist subject at Thornhill Academy.
The KS3 curriculum has been designed to consolidate and build upon prior learning from KS2. At KS3 we aim to ensure all students:
- Have access to a high-quality curriculum that is both challenging and enjoyable to learn.
- Are provided with a variety of mathematical opportunities, which will enable them to make the connections in learning needed to enjoy a greater depth in learning.
- Develop the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so pupils develop the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
- Can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of context with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.
- Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, identifying relationships and generalisations, and develop an argument, justification, or proof using mathematical language.
- Ensure children are confident mathematicians who are not afraid to take risks.
The curriculum across Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 follows a learning journey based around the National Curriculum. It is designed and organised into six domains: Algebra, Geometry & Measures, Number, Probability, Ratio & Proportion and Statistics. The content is sequenced as such that pupils can make and develop connections across mathematical ideas to increase their mathematical fluency, reasoning and competence in solving problems.
The expectation is that the majority of pupils will move through the learning pathways at broadly the same pace. Pupils who grasp concepts rapidly will be challenged through being offered rich and sophisticated problems before any acceleration through new content. Those who are not sufficiently fluent with earlier material should consolidate their understanding through additional practice before moving on.
The Key Stage 3 schemes are set up to follow the same subject areas throughout the year to ensure with any movement a pupil will not miss out or repeat any part of the subject. The Key Stage 4 learning pathway consolidates and builds upon the prior learning from Key Stage 3 while following the Foundation or Higher subject-specific content. Currently, the department enters Foundation Tier candidates for the Edexcel 1MA1 GCSE, and Higher Tier candidates for the AQA 8300 GCSE.
Skills and stamina-building will be addressed through the use of retrieval starter activities to ensure ‘sticky knowledge’ and each scheme is accompanied by homework which is collected on a minimum of once every two weeks, usually online via Mathswatch - an online learning platform which all pupils at Thornhill have access to.
There is a responsive and reflective assessment style approach across the curriculum to ensure pupils are taught to their individual needs.