Curriculum Intent

The rationale behind the Mathematics curriculum is based on what we want students to have studied, to know and to be able to do by the end of the two key stages. Our curriculum covers all aspects of Mathematics, as prescribed by the national curriculum, whilst including an appropriate balance of content and allowing for time to ‘plug the gaps’ in knowledge that students may have.

It is also our intent to re-engage students in learning, to raise self-esteem and to promote independent and collaborative working, as well as inspiring students to study maths further.


Our curriculum develops through the key stages by building on previous knowledge. All students are given a differentiated baseline test, based on any data we have access to from their previous school. The results of this test are then analysed to provide ‘plugging the gap’ topics which will be worked on fortnightly throughout the year.

Starters are used each lesson to revisit previously learned knowledge, concepts and procedures to ensure that once learned, mathematical knowledge becomes deeply embedded in pupils’ memories.

Progress is monitored through ‘plugging the gap’ topics and through end of unit assessments and half termly assessments.



Curriculum Map


Key Stage 3 Year 10 Year 11

MPP/ 4 Tech

HT 1

Analysing and displaying data


Number skills



Graphs, tables and charts


Multiplicative reasoning

Construction, loci and bearings

Year group scheme focussing on-Working towards and crossover


HT 2

Expressions, functions, formulae, equations and proportionality


Decimals, measures and ratio

Fractions and percentages

Equations, inequalities and sequences

Quadratic equations and graphs

Perimeter, area and volume2


HT 3

Fractions and percentages




Averages and Range

Fractions, indices and standard form

Congruence, similarity and vectors

More algebra


HT 4

Lines, angles and shapes


Sequences and graphs

Perimeter, area and volume 1


Higher continue units 21-25

Foundation identified topics

Practice papers


HT 5



Area and volume


Ratio and proportion


HT 6

Plugging gaps


Catch up topics

Right angled triangles




Curriculum Justification

In Maths, at Key stage 3, we follow a scheme of work which is topic based and differentiated across the year groups to allow classes to be taught in mixed age groups and mixed ability.

At Key stage 4, we give all students the opportunity of gaining a GCSE qualification in the subject, every effort is made to try to make this possible as we believe this will lead to the greatest possible life choices beyond their time with us. We study the Pearson specification as the lead Maths teacher has been an examiner for this board for the past 20 years and so fully knows what is expected of the students. For students who are not able to access GCSE, there is the option of Entry level maths.

Gaining this qualification has given many of our students the opportunity of following their chosen pathway on to college courses or apprenticeships. We have also had a number of students who have gone on to study A-level Maths and also Maths based degrees at University.

Curriculum Development

The curriculum is currently being developed in a number of ways.

The first way is adding guidance on teaching to key areas of the curriculum. These key areas are decided upon by using QLA from the GCSE exams. Then as a department, we are writing into the scheme of work, guidance on methods to use in teaching as well as misconceptions. This will mean that the same methods of teaching can be used for these topics across all classes.

The second way the curriculum is being developed is through adding wider curriculum into the scheme of work. This involves knowing when other subjects in the school are relying on the skills needed in Mathematics and adding those to our curriculum so that we can support in the delivery, for example, by using starters as a reminder.

The third way is by adding cultural capital ideas to the maths curriculum. So far these include having professionals who use Maths in their jobs, come into school and work with students. Showing students how to understand household bills, including reading gas and electricity meters. We are also tracking different currencies against the pound to promote conversations about the strength of the pound and what that might mean to us and politics.

Maths at McKee is also being developed by improving the quality of Maths being taught to our offsite students. The students from 4tech are now being taught by the same staff who teach at College house but are following a more condensed curriculum to ensure that they have access to all of the curriculum in a shorter period of time to supplement the maths that they are studying at 4tech.


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