Mathematics covers the building blocks of life and education. Without numbers there are no mobile phones, televisions, computers - the list goes on. At The Peak Academy, we have put together a scheme of work that we hope will inspire the next generation of our amazing students so they understand and are able to apply the many concepts needed for ‘life’.
These schemes of work are based on a model of progression which is part of a wider picture leading from the work students do at primary school (KS2). Here you will find four yearly schemes referred to as stage 6, 7, 8, and 9. They are designed to be used according to the prior attainment of students at primary school, and the way in which they are used might well evolve as the 2014 curriculum embeds.
We have decided to retain our use of the word ‘stage’ to organise these pathways as it is the language used in the national curriculum extract below. The quote also explains why there is no third ‘extension’ pathway in this table:
“The expectation is that the majority of pupils will move through the programmes of study at broadly the same pace. However, decisions about when to progress should always be based on the security of pupils’ understanding and their readiness to progress to the next stage. Pupils who grasp concepts rapidly should 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, including through additional practice, before moving on.”
We also use Springboard with students who find maths a little more complex and need support around calculation work.
Key Stage 4 (Year 10 & 11)
Mathematics is a core subject. All students take functional skills in mathematics at either entry level, level 1, or level 2. Those who have shown advanced mathematical abilities are also entered at GCSE level, following the Edexcel GCSE Mathematics course at either foundation or higher level. This allows any student with the potential to achieve the highest grade of A*.
The mathematics curriculum is divided into four attainment targets: Ma1 to Ma4. The syllabus prepares students to demonstrate their ability in:
Ma1: Using and Applying Mathematics
Make and monitor decisions to solve problems, communicate mathematically, and develop skills of mathematical reasoning.
Ma2: Number and Algebra
Understand place value and the decimal number system, understand and use relationships between numbers and develop methods of computation, solve numerical problems, and understand and use equations and formulae.
Ma3: Shape, Space, and Measures
Understand and use properties of shape; properties of position, movement, and transformation; and understand and use measures.
Ma4: Handling Data
Collect, process, represent, and interpret data and estimate and calculate the probabilities of events.
Support at Home
If you wish to support your child with their maths at home, here are a few suggestions:
- Practice their times tables with them by randomly calling out calculations e.g. 4 x 9, 12 x 5.
- Show them how to add and subtract in real context e.g. when you are out shopping, or if they are saving their pocket money ask them how long it will take to get to a certain amount.
- Use these websites as an interactive tool: