Maths

Mathematics is a crucial life skill. Mathematicians create and explore both the real and abstract world, spotting patterns and solving problems. Maths is a primary tool of modern science and technology and can be a supporting tool in so many other subjects. 

Full details of the Maths Curriculum at key stage 3, 4, and 5 can be found here.

Students at KS3 follow the Maths Mastery curriculum, an engaging and accessible style of Mathematics teaching. Our approach is designed to enhance understanding and enjoyment, as well as raise attainment for every child.

Children are encouraged to physically represent mathematical concepts. Objects and pictures are used to demonstrate and visualise abstract ideas, alongside numbers and symbols. A truly unique and modern approach to Mathematics teaching.

Students at KS4 follow an innovative curriculum which combines both traditional and modern styles of teaching, at the heart of this approach is preparing students to achieve the best grades they can in their GCSE examinations.

Staff are well trained in the changes set out in the new style GSCE curriculum, we encourage students to think and communicate mathematically, as well as placing emphasis on developing students skill sets to be able to problem solve effectively.

Students at KS5 take the Edexcel AS and A-Level examination over two years, students are well supported in small teaching groups and develop strong working relationships with staff.

Students have 4 hours of lessons a week, and are expected to complete 4 hours of prep work. Student progress is reviewed regularly with review sheets completed at the end of each topic.

In the Maths department, staff expect students to have a rigorous and academic approach to school life. We encourage students to take ownership of their studies, we believe that prep work is key to ensuring a deep understanding of topics they are learning.  In years 7, 8 and 9 students can expect prep work once a week.  In years  10 and 11 students are expected to complete prep work twice a week.  Students can obtain help with their prep on Tuesday night, by attending Hegarty maths club in R10.

At Swindon Academy we are heavily focused on numeracy. Studies have shown that when children have a strong grasp of numeracy at an earlier age they are more likely to exceed targets and gain higher GCSE grades. Parents can help their children with numeracy by listening and practicing multiplication tables with them. Rote learning is still one of the most effective ways of ensuring multiplication tables are learnt and able to be recalled, when problem solving. We also have resources available to students online, which can be used for homework or revision. These are:

https://ttrockstars.com/

http://www.numeracyninjas.org/

https://hegartymaths.com/

As a department, we are continually updating our numeracy policy and strategies, to ensure students at Swindon Academy leave school with a strong mathematical foundation.  If you would like to discuss strategies to support your child’s numeracy, please feel free to contact us in the mathematics department. 

 

If you have any queries about the maths curriculum, please contact the Curriculum Leader, Mr Roche, via email at luke.roche@swindon-academy.org

 


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