Maths at the Academy of Central Bedfordshire is an enjoyable experience that allows our pupils to build resilience, confidence and self-efficacy. A wide range of resources and qualifications which meet the needs of all is what makes maths at the Academy an enriching experience. Our motto is “Good mathematics is not about how many answers you know. It is about how you behave when you don’t”. Because of that, our pupils are productive and proud of their achievements and always ready to challenge themselves to reach their full potential.
Intent - For pupils to receive a high-quality mathematics education through a curriculum which:
- enables students to become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics through varied and frequent practice so that they develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
- develops students’ ability to reason mathematically, help to develop an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics and have a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
- allows students to solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of problems with increasing sophistication
- develops students’ confidence in their ability so they are able to express themselves and their ideas mathematically and reach their potential.
- Detailed Schemes of Learning contain a wide variety of resources, activities and rich tasks which facilitate consistently high quality lessons being delivered by all teachers of mathematics
- Students are appropriately challenged, but are able to achieve success at their level.
- The focus is on developing a good understanding of the skills and knowledge taught rather than giving a routine to follow.
- Regular assessments are used as vehicle for students to reflect on their progress and identify areas that require further development.
At the end of their mathematical education at ACB, we expect students to:
- Perform basic numeracy skills confidently and competently.
- Understand the mathematics likely to be encountered in daily life
- Reason clearly and logically, and to set out rational arguments to solve problems in a diverse range of situations.
- To be on track to reach their full potential in their Maths GCSE which opens the door to many careers and opportunities
- Opportunities to explore different career routes, including academic and vocational, will be given within maths by linking maths to everyday life
- In all lessons staff will overtly direct students to discuss or reflect upon an aspect of SMSC which is relevant to the topic being learned.
- SMSC links to mathematics have been included in both the KS4 and KS3 Schemes of Learning, so that teachers can lead students in discussion, reflection and exploration.
- Maths classrooms will have a SMSC display which can be used to both prompt discussions and record them for future reference.