‘Wherever there is number, there is beauty’
- Proclus, Greek philosopher-
Our curriculum journey takes the fundamental maths skills and slowly develops them into more advanced concepts. Throughout their time at Chapel High, students experience increasingly difficult mathematical concepts as well as being challenged to apply their understanding in unfamiliar contexts, including the growth of reasoning and problem solving skills.
We pride ourselves in helping students to become logical problem solvers meaning that the reasoning and problem solving questions form a significant part of each learning journey, spanning from within a single lesson to across the 5 years maths curriculum. It is this problem solving ability that will develop an individual’s love for maths and allow them to enter the wider world equipped to overcome whatever obstacles they encounter.
Staff and students work hard to develop a range of knowledge and skills which can be applied across the maths curriculum, often seeing that topic areas as interlinked by content or by the skills or approach needed. We begin by ensuring that all students have strong numeracy skills as this helps them to understand that there are often multiple valid methods to reach the correct answer. This supports our teaching for understanding approach and helps students overcome any preconceptions they have about maths, whilst developing an affinity for the subject. In years 8 to 11, we slowly build students maths skills with increasingly challenging topics within the 5 key content areas:
Every student will learn topics from each content area each year by revisiting the previous year’s learning and building upon it to give the opportunity for consolidation as well as stretch and challenge for all, regardless of any prior attainment levels.
Alongside the knowledge students acquire, we also do a significant amount of work on transferrable skills which can be broadly broken down into: fluency, reasoning and problem solving. These skill areas help us to develop well rounded mathematicians who have a high level of enjoyment for the subject, as well as building transferable skills which they can apply to other subjects and real life scenarios.
We have worked tirelessly over the years to build a curriculum that promotes a love and interest in mathematics whilst supporting those who struggle and challenging those who excel. We have built a strong belief that through a teaching for mastery approach and the development of transferrable skills that anyone can become a competent mathematician.
All students study maths to GCSE, following either the foundation tier route or the higher tier route, both of which are examined at the end of year 11.
|GCCE Mathematics (9-1) from 2015
|Three written exam papers contribute equally to the qualification
Each paper lasts 1 hour 30 minutes
Paper 1 Non-calculator, Papers 2 & 3 Calculator
Exams in the Summer of year 11 only
|Recommended coursebook if appropriate
|Edexcel GCSE Mathematics (9-1) Higher Student Book
Edexcel GCSE Mathematics (9-1) Foundation Student Book
|RECOMMENDED REVISION GUIDES AND WORKBOOKS
Revise Pearson Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Mathematics Revision Guide Higher
Revise Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Mathematics Revision Workbook Higher
Revise Pearson Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Mathematics Past Papers Plus Higher
www.mathswatchvle.com (students have a login)