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The Maths curriculum has been developed to allow our pupils to build on foundational knowledge through a broad, engaging and challenging curriculum. We use numerical core concepts and allow pupils to develop and apply these to problem-solving and real-life scenarios. Maths is a true cross curriculum subject and these transferrable skills are used and applied through different subjects highlighting the importance of skills of mathematics in practical contexts. Pupils will develop fundamentals throughout the key stages and become fluent within this, a focus on being able to reason mathematically and problem solve to demonstrate their understanding of a topic. This is achieved using a variety of concepts including misconception questions in the pursuit for pupils to be able to analyse and identify incorrect working demonstrating their working knowledge and processes required to achieve the correct answer. Most importantly the engaging curriculum will help develop and build resilience to change the mind set to an ‘I can do Maths’.

Prior learning required to access Key Stage 2:

  • Understand, compare and order numbers up to 100 including using the four operations.
  • Recognise, find, name and write simple fractions and recognise equivalence.
  • Chose appropriate units of measure and recognise amounts of money.
  • Identify, describe and sort 2-D and 3-D shapes.
  • Interpret simple graphs and charts.

Key Stage 2 Summary:

  • Extend their understanding of the number system and place value to include larger integers.
  • Develop the connections that pupils make between multiplication and division with fractions, decimals, percentages and ratio.
  • 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.
  • Introduced to the language of algebra as a means for solving a variety of problems.
  • Classify shapes with increasingly complex geometric properties and that they learn the vocabulary they need to describe them.
  • Fluent in written methods for all four operations, including long multiplication and division, and in working with fractions, decimals and percentages.

Key Stage 3 and 4 Summary:

  • Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
  • Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.
  • Can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.

The programme of study for key stage 3 and 4 is organised into apparently distinct domains, but pupils will develop and consolidate connections across mathematical ideas.

7-11 Pathway
Minimum expected standard at end of KS1 Exceeding minimum expected standard at end of KS1  
Stage 2 Stage 3 Year 3
Stage 3 Stage 4  Year 4
Stage 4 Stage 5  Year 5
Stage 5 Stage 6 Year 6


11-16 Pathway
Below expected standard at KS2 Expected standard at end of KS2  
Stage 6 Stage 7 Year 7
Stage 7 Stage 8 Year 8
Stage 8 Stage 9 Year 9
Stage 9 Stage 10 Year 10
Stage 10* Stage 11 Year 11

         Stages of learning:

  • Pupils to follow appropriate pathway dependent on personal ability and gaps in learning.
  • GCSE foundation course and content in year 11 covered up to stage 8. (dependent on ability)
  • GCSE Higher course and content covered from stage 9 onwards dependent on ability and outcomes.*

Please see our Maths Curriculum Progress Map in the attachment below or by clicking here

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The Peak Academy
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GL11 5HD

T: 01453 542130