Mathematics is critical in helping us all to understand and change the world. It plays a vital role in many aspects of our everyday life. The subject of Mathematics provides us with a broad range of skills for problem solving, logical reasoning and flexible thinking.
At Ernest Bevin Academy, we have redesigned our Key Stage 3 schemes of learning to reflect the new National Curriculum for Mathematics. Our KS3 students complete a 2-year programme of study for KS3 and then proceed to go onto a 3-year GCSE programme. Our schemes of learning are intended to develop the skills set out in the National Curriculum as well as to nurture a sense of curiosity and confidence about mathematics.
We offer two optional additional GCSE qualifications at KS4 – GCSE Statistics and the OCR FSMQ in additional maths.
Ernest Bevin Academy subscribes to Sparx to improve learning outcomes.
1. How do you ensure consistent delivery of the subject across all key stages?
Maths is taught using a mastery approach throughout the whole academy where students will have a maths lesson every day. The topics taught (which are detailed below) progress in a logical and layered order and build upon previous learning. Students are formally and informally assessed throughout their journey and any gaps in knowledge are identified and addressed by the classroom teacher.
2. How does the curriculum cater for disadvantages, SEND and other minority group students?
All children have access to the same curriculum and differentiated support is provided where necessary.
A scaffolded scheme of learning is followed by students to break the topics into smaller, more manageable chunks and gives time every week to work on basic number skills such as times tables.
There are smaller teaching groups, focus groups, intervention groups and additional teaching support in the classroom.
3. How does the curriculum embed prior knowledge and aid long-term retention of knowledge?
There is also informal recap within lessons such as Do now’s and Sparx insights. This approach to lesson structure ensures the Rosenshine principles are embedded in the teaching. There are regular assessments throughout the year which are cumulative and ensure prior knowledge is revisited and helps to ensure long-term retention of knowledge.
Students’ will need their Microsoft office 365 username and password to be able to sign in on Sparx Maths via the Student login portal
In addition to these aims, we have built in opportunities for students to:
At the end of their mathematical education in this school, we expect our students to:
KEY STAGE 4 – Foundation (Typically set 4 and 5 in year 10 and 11)
Feb/March Mock Exams
Key stage 4 – Higher (Typically set 1 & 2 in year 10 and 11)
March Mock Exams
Please click on the links to find out the details of the curriculum for each year group.
The links below will take you to some additional resources which may help students with their studies. Please note some take you to external websites.
Sparx – students need their Ernest Bevin Academy Microsoft log in.OnMaths – free website with GCSE papers, practice questions etc.Exam Solutions – Maths made easy with video tutorials, papers and exam solutions.Maths Genie – free GCSE & A Level revision guide and resource bank.MathedUp! – resources for KS3/4/5, GCSE & A Level.Mathpapa – algebra calculator.Just Maths – tips and resources for GCSE Maths Foundation and Higher Tier papers.Brainscape – download or make your own flashcards to help revision.Cram – online flashcards or make your own.iRevise – free and premium (paid) resource with revision tips, papers etc in all subjects.Tutorful – find a tutor website.A Level Maths | Up Learn – paid A-Level resources.The GCSE Maths Tutor– interactive video tutorials.Corbett’s maths – videos and worksheets
The Academy also uses Pearson Active Learn, a platform linked to the textbooks used in lessons. Students should check their login details with their maths teacher.
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