‘Mathematics expresses values that reflect the cosmos, including orderliness, balance, harmony, logic and abstract beauty’ – Deepak Chopra
The Mathematics Department at Da Vinci Academy is dedicated to inspiring each and every student to achieve their academic potential. It also seeks to help young people develop life skills, through reasoning, and also helping them to become fluent in the universal language of numbers and aspects of mathematics in every subject and all aspects of their lives.
In KS3 mathematics, we aim for all students to become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, reason mathematically, and solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine.
The department address curricula requirements for Year 7, 8, and 9 including the seven core elements, Number, Algebra, Ratio, Proportion and rates of change, Geometry and measures, Probability, and Statistics.
Our Year 7 and 8 are following a differentiated version of the White Rose Maths mastery scheme of learning:
Students are to follow the WRM scheme of learning, for year 3.
This will be adapted in light of teaching and learning of mathematics over the last 18 months.
In Key Stage 4, students in Year 10 are taught GCSE mathematics at either foundation or higher tier following the Edexcel two year scheme of learning:
Year 11 are following an express curriculum to ensure that all GCSE content is covered. The order of the content may change due to current circumstances but the content will be covered over the year. The content is found here.
Assessment Years 7-10
Ongoing assessments through questioning and end of unit tests are used to inform the planning of Do Now tasks to regularly revisit topics and to address the forgetful curve.
Termly tests are conducted in line with Academy policy and highlight key strengths and areas for improvement in the form of QLA. These are also used to feedback to students and give a snapshot of where they are in their current learning journey in mathematics.
Assessment Year 11
Throughout Year 11, students will be prepared for their final examination by using past exam papers in a variety of ways to increase their confidence in the subject and raise awareness of what the final GCSE paper could look like.
At the end of Year 11 students will be formally assessed in mathematics by 3 external examinations.
Each of the examinations is 1 hour 30 mins long and will cover all of the KS4 curriculum.
For this assessment there will be 1 non calculator and 2 calculator papers, all of equal weighting towards the final grade.