Overall Aims

Maths at Queensbury School is there to help our young persons become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics; ensure that pupils develop confidence and mental fluency which is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment.  This is done by:

  • Solving problems by helping students to applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.
  • Reasoning mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.
  • Most importantly making maths fun and linked to real life.
KS3Intent
(Why are we doing it)
Implement
(How we are going to do it)
Impact
(What we want to see and develop)
DiscoveryTangible life based experiences with a focus on addition, subtraction money, time and language associated with number. Giving our students a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject. Use concrete, abstract and pictorial approach to develop a deep and sustainable understanding of maths.Develop skills linked to response, curiosity and discovery. Students become attentive to a new stimuli. Students start to react in a meaningful way.
ExplorerStudents develop and build on prior knowledge, skills and understanding of fundamental mathematical methods and concepts. Students acquire, select and apply mathematical techniques to solve problems.Students participate, interpret and communicate mathematical information.
How do they know? Can they explain why it happens? Is there a link to real life?
Students comprehend, interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context. Students start to use correct terminology.
NavigatorBuilding on student’s prior knowledge. Getting students to apply mathematics to both routine and non-routine problems, including breaking down more complex problems.Support and promoting their confidence and developing their application. Applying their understanding and giving solutions to multi step problems. Demonstrate greater confidence with numbers and shape and application.
VentureFlexibility and support the cohort to help fill in the gaps in students understanding.Praise, encouragement and personalised learning outcomes to engage and support. Active learning with the aid of specialist mathematical equipment.Greater awareness and understanding of links between maths and the real world. Ability to capitalise on fluency in mathematic terminology and equipment.
KS4Intent
(Why are we doing it)
Implement
(How we are going to do it)
Impact
(What we want to see and develop)
DiscoveryDeveloping student’s ideas and ways of working that enable them to make sense of the world in which they live. Learning is personalised to their needs.Help our pupils acquire a growing understanding of the numbers, time, money and shape through personalised learning outcomes. Learning is sequenced to support understanding.Students ascertain a greater awareness of themselves, their environment in which they live and the mathematical world around them.
ExplorerStudents further their understanding of mathematics around them. They start to grow ideas and make links between different areas of maths.Promote independence by developing fluent knowledge, skills and understanding Teaching is designed to teaching is designed to help learners to remember in the long term the content. Greater fluency and application. Ability to understand the importance of math in their lives.
NavigatorOur young persons move fluently between representations of mathematical ideas. Development of problem solving and reasoning. Sequenced learning outcomes which is ambitious and challenging link to given our young persons greater career opportunities and life skills.Students develop problem solving and reasoning skills. Start to link maths to certain career choice and college places.
Venture

Examples.

Delivery of Maths is supported via educational trips (annual visit for KS4 students to RAF Cosford) working with HSBC Bank, Healthy Tuck Shop Money Management, celebration of world maths day, parent workshops, visit to local Tesco and raising money all year round for various charities.

Promotion of careers and real life linked to maths is embedded within the curriculum planning.