At St Antony’s Roman Catholic High School, a high quality education in Mathematics will teach pupils to reason mathematically, solve problems and develop their conceptual understanding of key topics alongside mathematical fluency. Learning in Mathematics will also promote high standards of numeracy by equipping pupils with a deep understanding of mathematical concepts and the ability to apply their skills to problem solving. This will enhance their formation as young adults, culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. The main features of the Maths curriculum are as follows:
- At St Antony’s pupils undertake learning in each of the key areas of mathematics; number skills, algebra, geometry and statistics. This equips them with the mathematical skills needed to succeed in the world of work. The curriculum is designed in the light of the National Curriculum and this together with a variety of teaching methods helps to facilitate learning for pupils at all levels and address social disadvantage.
- We teach Maths in a way that relates to the real world wherever possible to engage all learners and give them an understanding of the importance of being mathematically literate. This assists pupils in other areas of the curriculum and prepares them well for life after St Antony’s.
- Our curriculum is sequenced so that pupils revisit topics often to help with retaining knowledge over time. This is to lead to pupils knowing more and remembering more. For example, in Y7, pupils encounter algebra at a basic level. This is revisited every year and built upon to develop understanding and complexity with the aim that all pupils will be able to use these skills, to think logically and solve complex problems by Y11.
- We have forged strong links with local primary schools to ensure a smooth transition into year 7, especially for those pupils who may have additional needs. This equips teachers with prior knowledge of pupils, and helps all pupils understand what is required in maths lessons at St Antony’s. This also provides the starting point for the construction of the curriculum in the light of KS2 prior knowledge and gaps that have arisen as a result of the pandemic.
- The curriculum is constructed in the light of the National Curriculum. This ensures that all pupils have access to the range of topics that will enable them to be mathematically literate.
- We encourage mathematical study post-16 and we are fortunate to have several excellent colleges within a short distance of school offering a wide variety of vocational and non-vocational courses. Maths is one of the central subjects for all pupils and resourcing is well-matched to all pupils, including disadvantaged pupils and those with SEND.
There are 4 dedicated Mathematics classrooms all of which are equipped with interactive whiteboards.
The Mathematics Department recommends that all pupils use a Casio fx-83GT Plus.