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Mathematics Curriculum Intent 

Mathematics at The Abbey School offers a broad range of mathematical experiences designed to provide pupils with the understanding, skills and knowledge to deal with everyday situations and live an independent life. Our Mathematics curriculum is tailored to the ability of the individual student with content based on the National Curriculum, Entry level, Functional skills and GCSE qualifications.  

Many of our students start The Abbey with a lower level of mathematical ability than their mainstream peers, but we are committed to help every pupil reach their full potential in the subject. We deliver maths through a range of interactive activities, age appropriate resources and varied teaching styles to best suit the learning needs of our students.  

Our Mathematics curriculum aims to provide students with the mathematical skills, knowledge and understanding to: 

  • use Mathematics in everyday real-life situations, enabling them to be as independent, autonomous and employable as they can possibly be in their adult life. 

  • interpret and analyse information which will enable them to solve problems and make informed decisions. 

  • access studies in the different areas of our curriculum. 

  • enable access to appropriate further studies post 16. 

 

All students’ Mathematical ability is assessed on entry to the school and each student is assigned a level on the Abbey Progress Scale (APS). This informs the Mathematical curriculum learning pathway they will follow through their time at the Abbey. 

Year 7

The aims of the curriculum are:  
 

  • To provide knowledge, skills and understanding of concepts.
  • To develop problem solving techniques and to apply maths to real life situations.
  • To support students towards their transition into Years 8/9
  • To develop independence in their learning.
  • To help students understand their targets and how to help them progress.
  • To make Mathematics enjoyable, accessible and fun. 
  Topics
Autumn 1

Count, Read, Write and Order Numbers

Time

Operations

Handling Data

Shape

Autumn 2

Count, Read, Write and Order Numbers

2D & 3D Shapes

Fractions, Decimals & Percentages

Money

Rounding
Spring 1

Count, Read, Write and Order Numbers

Handling Data

Position & Movement

Operations

Calendar

Spring 2

Count, Read, Write and Order Numbers

Operations

Measurement

Money

Fractions, Decimals & Percentages

Summer 1

Position, Movement & Direction

Time

Calendar

Operations
Summer 2

Count, Read, Write and Order Numbers

Position, Movement & Direction

2D & 3D Shapes

Operations

Money

Fractions, Decimals & Percentages

 

Year 8 & 9

There are five Maths lessons each week dedicated to strands within the Maths Curriculum. We incorporate problem solving and mental maths skills into lessons to help students apply their knowledge.

The Maths programme is covered over a two-year cycle. In year 2, we reinforce the learning achieved in year 1 to consolidate their knowledge, skills and understanding. Where required, the curriculum is tailored to the individual needs of the child. 
 
The aims of the curriculum are:

  • To continue the enjoyment of mathematics and to consolidate previous knowledge 
  • To continue to develop problem solving techniques and to apply skills to  a range of  real life situations 
  • To develop techniques in solving mathematical problems. 
  • To develop the use of mathematical language. 
  • To acquire the mathematical skills necessary in preparation for future life in the workplace, home or at leisure. 

Topics delivered will be dependent on ability of students.

Cycle 1 Topics
Autumn 1

Count, Read, Write and Order Numbers

Time

Operations

Handling Data
Autumn 2

Count, Read, Write and Order Numbers

2D & 3D Shapes

Fractions, Decimals & Percentages

Money

Rounding

Measurement
Spring 1

Count, Read, Write and Order Numbers

Handling Data

Operations

Calendar

Fractions, Decimals & Percentages
Spring 2

Count, Read, Write and Order Numbers

Operations

Measurement

Money

Fractions, Decimals & Percentages
Summer 1

Position, Movement & Direction

Time

Calendar

Operations

Perimeter & Area

Ratio & Proportion
Summer 2

Count, Read, Write and Order Numbers

Position, Movement & Direction

2D & 3D Shapes

Operations

Money

Fractions, Decimals & Percentages

Measurement

 

Cycle 2 Topics
Autumn 1

Count, Read, Write and Order Numbers

Measurement

Fractions, Decimals & Percentages

Perimeter & Area

Operations

Autumn 2

Count, Read, Write and Order Numbers

Operations

Time

Money

Algebra

Ratio & proportion

Fractions, Decimals & Percentages

Spring 1

Handling Data

Calendar

Position, Movement & Direction

Fractions, Decimals & Percentages

Rounding

Volume

Angles

Spring 2

Count, Read, Write and Order Numbers

2D & 3D Shapes

Calendar

Measurement

Operations

Fractions, Decimals & Percentages

Summer 1

Position, Movement & Direction

Time

Operations

Money

Handling Data

Fractions, Decimals & Percentages

Area & Perimeter

Probability

Summer 2

Position, Movement & Direction

2D & 3D Shapes

Operations

Calendar

Fractions, Decimals & Percentages

Measurement

Money

Volume

Year 10 & 11

QUALIFICATION:  Edexcel Functional Skills Entry Level 1 to Foundation Skills Level 1 or 2 GCSE Mathematics (Grade 1 to 9)
 
Functional Skills Maths Overview of content: 

  • Representing by using mathematics - selecting the mathematical methods to use in a situation.
  • Analysing situations mathematically – processing and using  mathematics in different contexts.
  • Interpreting and communicating solutions to problems.
  • Coverage of mathematical content in number, measure  and statistics.
  • Basic calculator skills.

Students are assessed in Years 10 and 11. Students complete written tests that are assessed internally for Entry Levels 1 to 3. Students compete on-line tests for  Functional Skills Level 1: these are assessed externally.

 
GCSE Maths - Welsh Joint Education Committee (WJEC)
 
Students with an aptitude for Maths work within the Foundation Tier covering grades 1 to 5.  These students take the two written GCSE papers in Year 11 (one calculator and one non-calculator).  

The aim of this course is for students to:

  • Develop knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts
  • Acquire and use problem-solving strategies
  • Select and apply mathematical techniques and methods in mathematical, every day and real-world situations
  • Reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences and draw conclusions
  • Interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context

Topics delivered will be dependent on ability of students

Cycle 1 Topics
Autumn 1

Count, Read, Write and Order Numbers

Time

Operations

Handling Data
Autumn 2

Count, Read, Write and Order Numbers

2D & 3D Shapes

Fractions, Decimals & Percentages

Money

Rounding

Measurement
Spring 1

Count, Read, Write and Order Numbers

Handling Data

Operations

Calendar

Fractions, Decimals & Percentages
Spring 2

Count, Read, Write and Order Numbers

Operations

Measurement

Money

Fractions, Decimals & Percentages
Summer 1

Position, Movement & Direction

Time

Calendar

Operations

Perimeter & Area

Ratio & Proportion
Summer 2

Count, Read, Write and Order Numbers

Position, Movement & Direction

2D & 3D Shapes

Operations

Money

Fractions, Decimals & Percentages

Measurement

 

Cycle 2 Topics
Autumn 1

Count, Read, Write and Order Numbers

Measurement

Fractions, Decimals & Percentages

Perimeter & Area

Operations

Autumn 2

Count, Read, Write and Order Numbers

Operations

Time

Money

Algebra

Ratio & proportion

Fractions, Decimals & Percentages

Spring 1

Handling Data

Calendar

Position, Movement & Direction

Fractions, Decimals & Percentages

Rounding

Volume

Angles

Spring 2

Count, Read, Write and Order Numbers

2D & 3D Shapes

Calendar

Measurement

Operations

Fractions, Decimals & Percentages

Summer 1

Position, Movement & Direction

Time

Operations

Money

Handling Data

Fractions, Decimals & Percentages

Area & Perimeter

Probability

Summer 2

Position, Movement & Direction

2D & 3D Shapes

Operations

Calendar

Fractions, Decimals & Percentages

Measurement

Money

Volume