‘Mathematics is a creative and highly interconnected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.’
The Maths curriculum at Atlantic Academy Portland is designed to ensure students become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics which will provide students with the conceptual understanding of the subject.
Students will embed reasoning skills which will allow them to develop arguments, justification or proofs using mathematical language. Students will develop their problem solving skills by applying their mathematics to a variety of problems.
Key Stage 1
The principal focus of mathematics teaching in key stage 1 is to ensure that pupils develop confidence and mental fluency with whole numbers, counting and place value. At this stage, pupils should develop their ability to recognise, describe, draw, compare and sort different shapes and use the related vocabulary. Pupils should read and spell mathematical vocabulary, at a level consistent with their increasing word reading and spelling knowledge at key stage 1
. – DFE 2013
Students in Key Stage 1 follow the ‘Maths No Problem’ scheme of learning.
Key Stage 2
The principal focus of mathematics teaching in key stage 2 is to ensure that pupils extend their understanding of the number system and place value to include larger integers. At this stage, pupils should develop their ability to solve a wider range of problems, including increasingly complex properties of numbers and arithmetic, and problems demanding efficient written and mental methods of calculation. Pupils should read, spell and pronounce mathematical vocabulary correctly.
– DEF 2013
Students in Key Stage 2 follow the ‘Maths No Problem’ scheme of learning.
Key Stage 3
At Key Stage 3 students cover a broad curriculum which will embed deeper Maths knowledge, build confidence to apply ability and skills and to develop a systematic approach to problem solving.
Students will cover the following topics:
Key Stage 4
At Key Stage 4 all students will prepare for Edexcel Maths GCSE. The GCSE curriculum builds upon the knowledge embedded in KS3. Students will sit a total of 3 written exams at the end of Year 11 covering the entire GCSE specification, which will account for 100% of their final grade.