Mathematics – Curriculum Intent

At Paxman Academy, we believe that students deserve a creative and ambitious mathematics curriculum, built on the logical progression of knowledge and skills, which ignites curiosity and prepares them for a future outside the world of education. For that reason, we seek to develop our learners as mathematicians through a greater understanding of how and why mathematics works. At Paxman Academy we do not see mathematics as a series of independent processes but a highly interconnected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. High-quality mathematics education is therefore essential in understanding how the world that we live in has been built as well as gaining an appreciation for the power and beauty of the subject. As a STEM school, we fully understand the importance mathematics has within science, technology, and engineering as well as its necessity in financial literacy and most forms of employment.

Our curriculum offer in mathematics creates students who can think, talk, read, and write like a mathematician as demonstrated through their ability to:

reason mathematically by following a line of inquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification, or proof using mathematical language
work fluently in the fundamentals of mathematics, through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately
solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions
communicate, justify, argue, and prove using mathematical vocabulary
develop their character, including resilience, aspiration, confidence, and independence, so that they contribute positively to the life of the school, their local community, and the wider environment

Sequencing the mathematics curriculum in the way we have, allows teachers to spend longer on each topic ensuring that it is taught in sufficient depth for students to gain a better understanding of each of the topics. As mathematics is a cyclical curriculum, this greater understanding allows students to build on their previous knowledge once they encounter topics the next time as they move through Paxman Academy. We understand that mathematics topics are all interconnected, so it is vital that students have the required prerequisite knowledge whenever they are taught new content. For this reason, we have taken care to make sure that our curriculum is sequenced to ensure that topics are taught in a logical order. It is also important that content is remembered from year to year to enable students to make progress. This is possible through the inclusion of a selection of recall opportunities within the curriculum, both inside and outside of the classroom, as well as the interleaving of core concepts within each topic.