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Learning mathematics develops logical reasoning, analysis, problem-solving skills and the ability to think in abstract ways, as well as offering opportunities for creativity. It is a universal language of numbers and symbols.

Mathematics is important in everyday life, allowing us to make sense of the world around us. It gives us confidence in dealing with number and in understanding shape, position and movement. It enables us to think abstractly, model real-life situations and make generalisations, it equips us with the skills we need to interpret and analyse information, assess risk and make informed decisions.

Mathematics is based on 6 big ideas.


Ratio and Proportion



Data Analysis


Our curriculum is an ambitious five to seven year programme, gradually leading to the mastery of these 6 big ideas. The curriculum focusses on fluency, reasoning and problem solving. The spiral progression of skills from year 7 to 11 has been carefully thought through and resourced with these three main concepts in mind. We want students to develop mastery in mathematics and believe that this comes from a mixture of:


  • Statements of fact, formulae, definitions and theorems
  • Agreed processes and methods for the efficient solving of problems
  • Key vocabulary designed to explain and aid the sharing of knowledge.


  • Recognise previously learnt concepts within unfamiliar problems
  • Make judgements about the “best” method to use


  • Analysis for problem solving
  • Communication of mathematical ideas

From KS3 onwards, we want our students to experience success in mathematics and develop the confidence to take risks, ask questions and explore alternative solutions without fear of being wrong. They will therefore, enjoy exploring and applying mathematical concepts to understand and solve problems, explaining their thinking and presenting their solutions to others in a variety of ways.

We aim to:

  • use collaborative learning to encourage students to reason logically and creatively through discussion of mathematical ideas and concepts.
  • develop a positive attitude to maths as an interesting and exciting subject in which all students gain success and enjoyment
  • use effective questioning and discussion to show students that misconceptions and wrong answers are an opportunity to improve and deepen understanding
  • develop mathematical understanding
  • encourage the effective use of mathematics as a tool in a wide range of activities within and out with school and, subsequently, adult life
  • develop an ability in students to express themselves fluently, to talk about the subject with confidence, using correct mathematical language and vocabulary
  • develop and make connections within maths
  • develop the ability to think clearly and logically with independence of thought and flexibility of mind
  • develop mathematical skills and knowledge and a quick recall of basic facts

Learning Journey for Maths. This breaks down what will be learnt in each year group in a clear and concise format. The learning journeys are a work in progress and will be updated throughout the year.

Please find below the full details of the course in our: Maths Curriculum and Assessment booklet