Head of department:

Mr A Gaskell

Our curriculum is designed to ensure that all learners are able to make progress and achieve their full potential in Mathematics.

In Years 7 and 8, students study the Pearson 11-19 Key Stage 3 Maths Progress schemes of work. These are differentiated by ability, Support (lower attaining), Core (middle attaining) and Depth (higher attaining). The schemes are set out to promote confidence, fluency, problem solving and progression. Support 1, Core 1 and Depth 1 are studied in Year 7, followed then by Support 2, Core 2 and Depth 2 respectively in Year 8. We also deliver a Numicon Big Ideas scheme of work which leads onto the Support scheme of work.

The Numicon Big Ideas/Support scheme of work is for students who require additional support with key concepts from the primary curriculum. The Numicon Big Ideas programme reinforces key concepts, encouraging students to communicate mathematically, explore mathematical relationships and generalise, using practical apparatus and illustrations to support their thinking. Numicon Big Ideas aims to boost students’ confidence and competence, by encouraging active involvement during each structured session, so they make connections between concepts, then use these ideas in their problem-solving and reasoning. Most importantly, the programme aims to enable students to start believing in themselves as mathematicians.

We issue the Year 7 students the Pearson KS3 baseline assessment when they first arrive at Welland Park Academy and use this, alongside their Key Stage 2 SATS raw mark, to set the students into groups and decide the most appropriate SoW.

In Years 9, 10 and 11, students study the Pearson Edexcel 11-19 Key Stage 4 GCSE Mathematics schemes of work. These are differentiated by ability, Foundation and Higher. Just like the Key Stage 3 schemes of work, the schemes are set out to promote confidence, fluency, problem-solving and progression and form the second part of a 5-year scheme of work, following on from Key Stage 3.

In order to help those students needing additional support to access the GCSE Foundation content, we deliver the MathsWatch scheme of work where the main focus is on consolidating grade 1, 2 and 3 topics. 

We use students’ progress data from Years 7 and 8 as well as their FFT 5% target grade to determine which scheme of work the student should follow at Key Stage 4. We continuously monitor individual progress in order to ensure that students are in the correct teaching group and are challenged appropriately.

For those students who are timetabled for Additional Studies, we provide opportunities for them to gain confidence in their mathematical skills whilst studying to gain additional mathematics qualifications. The schemes of work focus on real-life mathematics which we feel are important for the students in order to prepare them for their life beyond Welland Park Academy.

Assessment details:

Pearson Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in Mathematics (1MA1)

Most jobs and careers will need you to use maths in some way and it's particularly useful in job families like accountancy, banking and finance, management, environmental sciences, construction, engineering and manufacturing, medical technology, and science and research. As well as the mathematical skills that are learnt, students develop important problem-solving strategies requiring the use of logic, creativity, resilience, imagination, lateral thinking and determination.