Curriculum Intent and Implementation
Our intention is that all students will leave KGGS with the mathematical confidence and skills they need to succeed, regardless of their background or starting points. We aim to support all learners in developing the perseverance, imagination, and self-management required to meet the challenges of adult-life, positively.
We want all our mathematicians to be confident and creative problem solvers: when pattern seeking, analysing, hypothesising, modelling, decision-making, and proving. We have therefore designed our curriculum to ensure all learners become proficient in the core threads that run through mathematics: number, algebra, geometry, and data handling.
In Mathematics, our goal is to create a positive atmosphere in lessons, where mistakes are embraced as opportunities for learning. We seek to ensure lessons are engaging and provide opportunities for students to question, experiment, and discover - so that they develop a real appreciation of the subject at their own level. A wide range of on-line packages and resources - including Collins Connect, DrFrost, and Active Learn - support mathematical learning in school. We hope that the supportive and challenging environment we have created will mean students feel they can continue their study of mathematics post 16 in pursuit of STEM-related careers, should they wish to.
Review our Mathematics & Further Mathematics Curriculum Map for a detailed overview of the core knowledge and skills covered in Mathematics.
Key Stage 3
In KS3, our curriculum is regularly reviewed and developed to ensure that core elements, such as data handling and problem solving, are fully embedded from Year 7. Throughout the three years, there is a particular emphasis on evolving a consistent mathematical language to facilitate mathematical communications; mensuration units & calculation; applications of algebra; and the interpretation of data. Learners apply their mathematical skills to real-life situations to enable them to see its relevance beyond the classroom. They are assessed termly to enable us to carefully monitor their progress throughout the year.
We recognise that confidence in Mathematics underpins student-success in many areas of the school's curriculum, and we work to ensure all students have a set of numeracy skills they can competently apply in and beyond maths lessons. Students requiring additional assistance with numeracy or maths are promptly identified and offered individualised support - to ensure they have the skills they need to access all their subjects.
Key Stage 4
We follow the AQA Syllabus for GCSE Mathematics and Level 2 Further Mathematics.
Maths GCSE is made up of two tiers, with a range of grades available in each:
- Foundation grades: 1 2 3 4 5
- Higher grades: 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
All students are prepared for Higher Tier entry in GCSE Mathematics at KGGS, although a small number may be offered the Foundation Tier where assessment evidence suggests this would be in their best interests.
All students work towards at least one KS4 qualification, with some also entered for Further Maths, where appropriate. Three terminal examinations in Year 11 determine a student's overall GCSE Mathematics grade and two terminal examinations make up the Further Mathematics Qualification. The key focus of GCSE Maths is solidifying core skills in number and algebra, and problem solving. And building for the more complex topic areas, such trigonometry, surds, and graph transformations.
To prepare students for KS5, we introduce learners to the longer worded problems and questions they will encounter after GCSE, and build their understanding of more complex quadratics and proofs.
For more information about the KS4 Mathematics Course, please see the KGGS KS4 Options Booklet
Key Stage 5
We follow the Edexcel Syllabus for Mathematics at Advanced Level.
Studying Mathematics at A Level builds on work at GCSE, but also involves new ideas that some of the greatest mathematical minds of the have produced, such as Pascal's Triangle and Newton's Laws of Motion.
When studying Pure Mathematics at A Level, you will be extending your knowledge of topics such as algebra and trigonometry, as well as learning some brand new ideas, such as Calculus. You will also study Applied Mathematics in KS5, which includes mechanics and statistics.
Edexcel Further Mathematics A Level qualification is an additional an option for those who have opted for A Level Mathematics, which both broadens and deepens mathematical knowledge. At KGGS, we structure the Further Maths course to ensure it begins with Core Pure 1 and Further Statistics Modules; and builds to the Core Pure 2 and the Further Mechanics Modules.
For information on Mathematics and all A Level courses beginning in September - please see the Sixth Form Admissions page.