The Mathematics curriculum at All Saints’ Academy Cheltenham aims to equip students with a broad range of mathematical knowledge. We are committed to stimulating and inspiring students to be enthusiastic about the patterns and trends in the world around them.
The Mathematics curriculum is centred upon the “Teaching for Mastery” approach, which encompasses five key principles:
Coherence - connecting new ideas to concepts that have already been understood, and ensuring that these new ideas are used again in next steps of learning
Representation and structure - representations used in lessons expose the mathematical structure being taught.
Mathematical thinking - taught ideas need to be understood deeply and not merely be passively received. Students must explore concepts in depth, and be able to reason and discuss with others.
Fluency - quick and efficient recall of facts and procedures and the flexibility to move between different contexts and representations of mathematics.
Variation - varying the way a concept is initially presented to students through alternative approaches. Practice questions should avoid mechanical repetition so that thinking is encouraged.
Mr A Rooke – Head of Mathematics
Mr A Parkinson – Assistant Head of Mathematics
Mr A Dixon – Assistant Head of Mathematics
Mr L Wilkinson – Vice Principal/Teacher of Mathematics
Mr E Smyllie – Year 8 Progress Leader/Teacher of Mathematics
Mrs Oyasor – Teacher of Mathematics
Miss Barrow – Teacher of Mathematics
Key Stage 3
In Year 7 and 8 students follow a carefully sequenced curriculum, with a strong mastery approach. In accordance with the National Curriculum we aim to develop both mental and written mathematical skills.
The scheme mirrors the requirements of the National Curriculum and includes number and algebra, geometry and measures and statistics together with mathematical processes and applications.
Year 9 and 10
All students follow a course of study that leads to a GCSE in Mathematics. We follow the Edexcel specification and pupils sit three formal examinations at the end of the course in Year 11.
Students will build on the strong foundations developed over their first two years of study, learning alternative representations and applying them to more complex contexts. There will be an increasing focus on deep understanding and reasoning in lessons.
There is no coursework in Mathematics. The examinations include elements of ‘functional skills’ and the final grade will be between 9 and 1.
Students will have a small amount of remaining content to cover in Year 11. All students will then be able to consolidate their learning from Year 7 to 10 and address any misconceptions or gaps in knowledge.
Students will increasingly focus on exam skills and techniques and each student will follow an individual plan to ensure they are prepared for their final exams.
A-Level Mathematics is growing in popularity and is relevant to almost all career choices. Students will study the Edexcel Mathematics A Level.
We enter students for the UKMT Mathematical Challenges at Junior, Intermediate and Senior Levels as well as the regional Team Mathematics Challenges.
Advanced mathematics qualifications are highly regarded by employers and universities. They are often required or recommended.
Studying mathematics helps you develop skills in logical thinking, problem-solving and decision-making, which are valued by employers across many job sectors. Amongst many other career choices, these include Accounting, Finance, Research Science, Meteorology and Software Development.