Intent & Implementation
Our Curriculum Intent
We believe that all students deserve the same opportunities to achieve their best in Maths by providing a coherent, interconnected course so that they are prepared to succeed in the next stage of learning.
CCC Mathematics GVC provides a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study. It encourages learners to develop confidence in, and a positive attitude towards, mathematics and to recognise the importance of mathematics in their own lives and to society. It also provides a strong mathematical foundation for learners who go on to study mathematics at a higher level post-16. This enables learners to:
- develop fluent knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts
- acquire, select and apply mathematical techniques to solve problems
- reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences and draw conclusions
- comprehend, interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context.
The maths team intends to promote a variety of styles of teaching and learning so that lessons are enjoyable for all participants. It will enable learners to progress to higher-level courses of mathematical studies. Following the Higher course, learners could benefit from having a greater understanding of the links between subject areas, in particular graphical and algebraic representation, which are prevalent throughout A level mathematics.
How our subject curriculum is sequenced and why we plan it this way:
The importance of a carefully and effectively structured curriculum cannot be understated. Every lesson counts and therefore it is important that both pupils and teachers are able to navigate through the maths world guided by the curriculum intent.
That is why we have chosen to adopt the Complete Maths Curriculum from La Salle Education. This has been written based on current educational research and has been reviewed extensively. We want our students to perform at their absolute best on the days when it really counts — but actually, we want our curriculum to deliver even more than that. We also want our pupils to leave formal education and spend the rest of their lives knowing they can be successful in maths, applying their problem-solving skills whenever they can, embracing challenges, and relishing a puzzle.
Please note that current year 11 are following a bespoke curriculum for each class to be successful at GCSE in 2022.
How we connect the knowledge over the key stages (deliberate connections):
Our curriculum sequence document shows progress through the four strands: Numerical Competence; Algebraic Thinking; Statistics and Probability; Geometric Awareness
It also means providing numerous opportunities for pupils to be successful, so they know what success feels like throughout their education and are motivated to keep going. If pupils are asked to move on before they are ready, then their rate of success — and, in turn, their motivation — will rapidly decrease.
The science here is indisputable — the best long-term learning happens when pupils have time to revisit knowledge and skills regularly, and in small chunks. A curriculum that routinely loops back on itself to ‘check in’ on previous topics, either through revision quizzes or more formal assessment, sets pupils up for success by helping them move knowledge from their short-term, working memory into their long-term memory. As an added bonus, doing so can also allow pupils to make links between topics and remind them of the importance of core knowledge, like times tables, in even advanced maths. The Complete Maths online curriculum spans early number sense all the way to further maths, so they have been able to make the links between and across ideas from the start of a child’s learning journey and our teachers have access to all of the components of the full curriculum to use with individuals and classes.
“Successful curriculum progression is planned from the beginning of a pupil’s education through focusing on core content, to develop pupils’ motivation and to allow more breadth and depth later.” OFSTED 2021
How we make our subject knowledge stick:
Continuity is key here: as much as possible, a strong curriculum teaches ideas and methods for the first time in such a way that they do not need to be retaught in a different way further down the line. If a tiny granule of knowledge needs to be understood in a particular way for an eighteen year old to be successful, then it must be taught in that way from the moment it is first introduced. This is mastery. As far as possible every lesson starts with a silent do now activity that consists of four questions. One from last year, one from last term, one from last week and one from last lesson. This constant demand on memory helps to retain knowledge over time. We assess our students using weekly retrieval quizzes that assess current and prior learning. We use whole class strategies to ensure that all students have grasped the key concepts. Our weekly homework on Sparx Maths has consolidation questions from previous weeks. It also retests skills where students have previously made mistakes.
How We Allow All Students to Succeed ( included SEND and disadvantaged )
How we allow all students to reach our ambitious subject end points:
The CCC Complete Maths Curriculum will be delivered in a manner to reach all pupils regardless of their current attainment or educational need. We will organise students into sets based on attainment. These will be reviewed at the start of the year and at the end of each term. We strive to provide the best environment for each student to make maximum progress and enjoy success. We provide specialist intervention for those students that would benefit from more instruction outside of the classroom.
Our Curriculum Overview
Our Curriculum Learning Pathway
KS3 + KS4 Subject Curriculum Pathway (PDF)
The CCC Complete Mathematics Curriculum has been built around a spiralling universe of mathematical skills and knowledge. We believe that a mastery approach is key for our students to be successful. Mastery supports pupils from all starting points to develop a depth of understanding and knowledge. A feature of our intent is that our team is supported to provide this via CPD both in school, led by mastery specialists from NCTEM and led by La Salle Education. Instructional videos and teaching notes are available and frequently refer to manipulatives, metaphor and analogies to help make challenging concepts more concrete for pupils to understand. We teach fewer topics at KS3 allowing time to unpick the intricacies of mathematical methodology. We interleave learning to maximise retention.
Transition & Building on KS2 / KS3
CCC has worked closely with our primary partners during 2021/22. We have shared knowledge on the curriculum intents at key stage two and key stage three to enhance student transition and the sequencing of learning. Complete Maths provides access to all composite knowledge from Year 1 to KS5.
Objectives from Year 6 have been incorporated into our curriculum overview.
What Examination Course(s) do we follow?
GCSE Mathematics Educas WJEC Higher and Foundation
Level 1 Mathematics Award Edexcel for the lowest attaniners
Further Maths AQA (Offered on the curriculum from Sept 2022)
Statistics Edexcel Higher and Foundation (Offered on the curriculum from Sept 2022)
Curriculum Impact- How we measure attainment and progress:
In Mathematics assessment happens in many ways.
- Books are marked in-line with our marking policy
- Homework is set and marked online via Sparx Maths assessing the units being studied. Teachers use the insights to review topics as required.
- Every lesson starts with a SDN that quizzes students on four questions based on: last year; last term; last week and last lesson.
- Weekly quizzes review learning and prerequisite quizzes provide information on starting points
- Formative assessment questioning in class
How do we enrich our subject outside the classroom?
In Mathematics we offer:
- Entry to the UKJMC and UKSMC
- Sparx Maths Clubs
- Year 11 Fib Club
- Attendance at Royal Institution Maths Masterclasses Exeter Maths School for HA disadvantaged pupils in Year 7 and 9
- Further Maths after school class for Year 11
- Statistics after school for Year 10
Videos to watch to help with revision and practice questions. Every unit from Year 7 to A Level.
Password:Available from your teacher
Homework platform including supporting videos and independent practice
Password:chosen by pupil (email your teacher if you need your password reset)
Videos to watch to help with revision, practice questions and past papers Username: school email address
Password: chosen by pupil (email your teacher if you need your password reset)
Personalised revision based on exam papers you have taken. Solutions provided.
Username:FIRSTNAMESURNAME no gaps
Videos to watch to help with revision, practice questions and past papers marked online
Username:FIRSTNAMESURNAME in most cases Password: Check with your teacher
Videos and worksheets available (practise papers will be Corbett maths referenced) 5 a day questions
Maths Revision Resources Available to Purchase via school shop
CGP Revision Guide (Foundation or Higher) £5.95
CGP Revision Workbook (Foundation or Higher) £5.95
Corbett Maths Flashcards (Foundation or Higher) £6.25
GCSE Statistics Revision Guide (Higher) £6.95
GCSE Statistics Revision Workbook (Higher) £6.95