St. Joseph's Catholic College


Curriculum Maps and Overviews

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Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment.

Students study Mathematics from Year 7 to Year 11 and our aim is to develop learners that have a love of Mathematics. We want them to acquire mastery skills, to be able to reason mathematically and to be able to problem-solve. Furthermore, we want students to be able to make connections between topics, in order to deepen their understanding of Mathematics, as well as be fluent in the fundamentals of the subject. We aim to develop student confidence so that they are able to take risks in their learning and can apply the skills learned in their wider life experience.

Key Stage 3

Students start in Year 7 with a Mastery Curriculum. Mathematics Mastery is based on a coherent curriculum model. It is underpinned by well-grounded learning theory and theory regarding subject-specific content. It also has a clear delineation of its content, as well as a precise focus on key concepts and knowledge and coherent learning progression within the subject. The Autumn term enables students to spend time developing their knowledge and skills of the fundamentals of Mathematics, with a significant amount of work on ‘Number’. Students are then introduced to other areas of Mathematics and will develop their skills in Algebra; Ratio, Proportion and Rates of Change; Geometry and Measure; and Probability and Statistics, as they progress through Year 7 and the rest of Key Stage 3.

Students are assessed approximately once a term in Mathematics. They are taught in their main teaching group in Year 7 and 8, then they are set for Mathematics from Year 9. In addition to this, there are many opportunities for students to participate in competitions and visits, such as the Junior Maths Challenge, Swindon Schools Mathematics League and the Mathematics Masterclasses at Bath University.

Key Stage 4

Students start their GCSE Mathematics course in Year 10. They follow the Edexcel 9-1 course, (first teaching from 2015). Students complete regular assessments during Key stage 4, to build up to the actual exams. The course is formally assessed through three 90 minute terminal examination papers. Paper 1 is a Non-Calculator paper and Papers 2 and 3 are Calculator papers. Students will be entered for either Foundation tier or Higher tier. For the 20-21 cohort, there have been no changes to the syllabus following the pandemic. For those who excel in Mathematics during their time with us, there is the opportunity to gain an additional qualification in Further Mathematics. The latter is particularly suitable for those who aim to study Mathematics’ at A level and beyond.

How could it help with my future?

Your Mathematics GCSE is highly valuable, both in the next step of your education and in the workplace. To study Mathematics at higher education level, it is likely that you will need to achieve a Grade 7 or above; with many other subjects requiring at least a Grade 6 in Mathematics GCSE for further study. Mathematics GCSE can open up opportunities in a range of careers, such as architecture, banking and finance, business consultancy, engineering, game design, health and medicine, IT and Computer Science, psychology, and many more.