Our curriculum is where we equip all of our pupils with the Mathematical skills that they will be using on an almost daily basis both at school and beyond.
It will take our pupils on their Mathematical journey at a stage appropriate to them, building upon a good solid foundation from their prior learning and offering them the support or challenge to thrive and grow. They will learn about the range of topics within Mathematics in a variety of ways in an informative and purposeful environment in order to prepare them for success. All of our pupils are encouraged to be independent, resilient and proud of their successes.
During the academic year, our pupils work through various Mathematical topics, which are set out in our long terms plans. Our pupils will look at key Mathematical vocabulary regularly, celebrate Maths week England, complete regular sticky knowledge assessments and have opportunities to consolidate their prior learning through our ‘blast from the past’ weeks.
All of our staff are committed to teaching Mathematics in ways that will help children to appreciate the beauty of the subject. We strive to help students understand Mathematics rather than memorising it. We feel that this approach better prepares young people for a world where an ability to solve problems, manipulate figures and use the day to day skills associated with money and time is invaluable. All students are taught in sets throughout their 5 years. Years 7 to 10 students do a fortnightly sticky knowledge assessment and keyword spellings/definitions activity.
During Key Stage 3, students follow a staged curriculum which is best suited to the progress of our students.
Topics covered include:
- Expressions & Formulae
- Coordinates, Lines & Angles
- 2D Shapes, Perimeter & Area
- Symmetry & Transformations
- Averages & Range
- Charts & Graphs
- Multiples, Factors & Negative Numbers
- Ratio & Proportion
- Fractions, Decimals & Percentages
In Mathematics at Key Stage 4, students follow the Pearson Edexcel GCSE Mathematics syllabus and examinations. Each year is based around a different set of topics that provide a broad and balanced curriculum in Mathematics.
Assessment will cover the following content headings:
- Ratio, proportion and rates of change
- Geometry and measures
Maths staff are available every Wednesday Period 5 for any students wishing to attend the drop in session to C23 in order to support their learning and engage with the resources that we have on offer, such as Mathswatch, which students can also use from home. There is also a Logic club on Tuesdays after school up in the Maths department.
ICT & Computing
To prepare pupils for life beyond school including the world of work – equipping them with a range of computing and employability skills to support them in whichever pathway they choose
To give pupils a rich understanding of the principles and practice of a range of computational techniques and theory
To develop in pupils Entrepreneurial skills and enabling pupils via a growth mind-set to develop these skills.
Key Stage 3
In Computing at Key Stage 3, pupils learn how to be responsible users of technology, understand how computers work, to program them and to use a wide range of ICT skills.
- Python programming
- Office applications
These help prepare pupils for the world of work, where increasingly employers are expecting their staff to be confident and effective users of technology.
Key Stage 4
GCSE Computer Science
Computer science is all about problem solving. Analysing and modelling problems, designing solutions and then evaluating them.
You’ll learn about:
• how and why computers work
• data and how it is transferred
• designing and developing applications
• project management techniques.
You’ll learn not just how to program, apply algorithms, use networks and code your own video games and mobile applications – although you’ll do plenty of that. You’ll learn skills and techniques that will help you in your career, whatever you go on to do. Basic project management techniques. Product development cycles. problem solving. Skills that you’ll find useful every day in every career, not just the IT industry. And then there is the understanding you’ll get of modern technology – not just how to use it but how to create it. How information is stored, transferred, manipulated and controlled.
There are three parts of the GCSE Computer Science qualification –
1. Principles of Computer Science – assessed through an exam and worth 40% of your overall grade
2. Application of Computational Thinking – an exam based on a Computer Science scenario and worth 40% of your overall grade
3. A Computer Science Project – you will design, test and improve a program (this is worth 20% of your grade)
To be successful in Computer Science it is important you have good levels of Numeracy and Literacy as this will help you understand and write the code that you will need to use to make the programs.
Cambridge Nationals in Information Technologies
This qualification is offered as an option subject at Key Stage 4.
It is designed to develop pupils become effective users of ICT – a key skill that many employers look for in prospective staff. The qualification is made up of two units:
Understanding tools, techniques, methods and processes for technological solutions - pupils will learn how various ICT tools are used to solve real world issues and gain an understanding of how the project life cycle is used to support this.
Developing technological solutions - pupils will create a solution to a problem, applying their knowledge of the project life cycle and ICT tools
Business Studies is an option subject available at GCSE level.
The subject helps in developing a range of skills and knowledge which will support you in further studies and/or employment.
The course will cover a wide range of business topics including:
• Spotting business opportunities
• Putting business ideas into practice
• Understanding the effects of changes in the economy on new and existing businesses
• Understanding and meeting customer needs
• Effective financial management
• Global effects on businesses
Business studies will equip you with the knowledge of how and why businesses start up. It will help you appreciate how businesses function and understand the relationships they have with the wider community.