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The Maths department includes the following staff:
- Mr J Regan – Lead Teacher of Maths
- Miss J Derrick – Teacher of Maths
- Miss K Wigg.- Teacher of Maths
As a fundamental member of the STREAM focus at SST Maidstone, the Maths department engages students in a well sequenced curriculum to support the developing numeracy skills of students. Students guided through key skills and knowledge in the subject, supported by platforms such as TTRockstars, Hegarty Maths and Numeracy Ninjas.
The Maths department runs UKMT club every week for students who want to strengthen and further their understanding of the content from their lessons. Additionally, there is a weekly Number Club for students who may struggle with the transition to secondary school and need further help to develop basic numeracy skills.
The department has strong collaborative links with other departments, such as:
- Wider discussions on place value with Year 7 Binary numbers as Year 7 study place value in Computer Science.
- Consideration of population growth, linking to Humanities.
At SST we believe our students deserve a creative and ambitions mathematics curriculum, rich in skills and knowledge that will ensure they have the core competencies after their time at SST in everyday life and their future employment. Our curriculum aims to ignite curiosity, challenge and inspire, whilst giving our students the opportunity to:
Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics. This should be achieved through varied and frequent practice. Knowledge will be built upon over time, students will develop a conceptual understanding and ability to confidently apply knowledge precisely.
Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing concepts and generalisations and defining proofs.
Solve problems by applying mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing complexity. This should be achieved through breaking down problems into a series of smaller steps and persevering in the challenge of tackling these.
Communicate, justify, argue and prove using mathematical vocabulary.
Develop their character, including resilience, confidence and independence, so that students are able to contribute to the life to the school and wider
Our mastery approach aims to allow each student to maximise their academic achievement through a spiral curriculum which looks to build each year on the prior knowledge of each student. Each lesson will allow students to consider what prior-knowledge they already poses, highlight the new knowledge held in the lesson and plenty of opportunity for students to practice the new knowledge through a variety of activities. Lessons are scaffolded and differentiated through the use of manipulatives, multiple representations of concepts which additionally helps to not overwhelm students working memory.
As a new school we take pride in the connections we already have established with the other secondary schools in the trust and the collaborative professional development we share together allows us to be constantly challenging each other and developing our curriculum.
Students will be taught for a total of 6 hours over the course of the two week timetable which will contain a mixture of time spent working on basic numeracy skills, rich tasks, investigations, practicing prior knowledge and establishing new knowledge.
- Place value and ordering integers & decimals
- Fraction, decimal and percentage equivalence
- Mental, written and calculator skills for addition, multiplication, subtraction and division
- Fractions & percentages of amounts
- Operations with directed numbers
- Addition and subtraction of integers and fractions
- Prime number and proof
- Understanding and applying algebraic notation
- Equality and Equivalence
- Constructing, measuring and using geometric notation
- Develop geometric reasoning
- Sets and probability
- Ratio & scale
- Multiplicative change
- Multiplying and dividing fractions
- Fractions and percentages
- Standard index form
- Number sense
- Brackets, equations and inequalities
- Working in the cartesian plane
- Angles in parallel lines and polygons
- Area of trapezia and circles
- Line of symmetry and reflection
- Representing data
- Tables and probability
- The data handling cycle
- Measures of location
- Percentage increase & decrease
- Maths in real life; Bills, wages, taxes, simple/compound interest, bank statements.
- Solving ratio & proportion problems
- Compound units
- Straight line graphs
- Forming and solving equations
- Testing conjectures
- Representing quadratics and inequalities
- Three dimensional shapes
- Constructions and congruency
- Problem solving with angles and shapes
- Pythagoras’ Theorem
- Enlargement and similarity
- Theoretical and expected probability
Years 10 and 11
Students will continue to develop their mathematical knowledge in a supported but challenging environment in GCSE Mathematics.
Years 12 and 13
The Maths department at SST will be looking to offer:
- Core Mathematics
- A – level Mathematics
- A – Level Further Mathematics
Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 3
Lessons are all designed to allow students to choose their level of difficulty with guidance from teachers.
There is an opportunity for students to join the numeracy club to further consolidate their basic numeracy skills through rich and interactive tasks.
Key Stage 3 to Key Stage 4
During key stage 3 students will be taught a wide range of content following a mastery curriculum. From this students should feel confident when entering their first GCSE years in Mathematics.
Extra curriculum opportunities are provided through UKMT challenges, number day and maths week.
Key Stage 4 to Key Stage 5
Students will be supported in their transition from KS4 to KS5 through modelling lessons that they should expect in KS5 early on in KS4. Students will be encouraged to speak to their teacher about the similarities and differences in KS5 to KS4. KS5 begins with a number of topics overlapping with KS4 allowing students to settle to the work confidently.
Beyond Key Stage 5
Students are given opportunities to look at different routes to continuing their mathematical knowledge at university, whether that is a pure mathematics degree, a degree with heavy mathematical content or a joint honours degree. Students are further supported by sharing with them how Mathematics can aid them in finding employment or an apprenticeship after completing KS5.
Extended Curriculum Opportunities
Click here to view the Extended Curriculum Opportunities for Maths.