Key stage 3 Curriculum:
Students are set in ability groups from year 7 all the way up through the school. The setting is closely monitored and reviewed every half term after every assessment point to ensure that students are set based on their personal needs and ability.
In year 7 and 8 students follow a programme of study covering the 6 areas of Maths: Number, Algebra, Ratio, proportion and rates of change, Geometry and measure, Probability and Statistics. The programme of study that students cover is differentiated to meet the needs of the ability of the set.
Work is covered in units and a formal assessment is carried out at the end of each unit of work. A number of opportunities are also provided for pupils to apply their mathematical knowledge in a range of situations and to take part in challenges and rich tasks to engage them in Mathematical reasoning and problem solving.
Homework will consist of a variety of internet or written based tasks for all students.
Schemes of work for years 7 and 8 can be found on MS Teams.
Key stage 4 Curriculum:
Year 9 is seen as a preparation year for GCSE where students will be extended on to GCSE material and resources to best prepare them for their national exams. Similar to year 7 and 8 the year 9 programme of study is differentiated to meet the ability of the set.
In Years 10 and 11 students will follow the EDEXCEL new GCSE (9-1). Leading on from their KS3 studies, students will be assessed in more depth on the following areas;
- Ratio, proportion and rates of change
- Geometry and measures
Students will study at either foundation or higher tier. Both tiers will enable students to study toward the same assessment objectives but with different weightings as outlined below:
Students will sit 3 examination papers; two calculators and one non calculator.
Exam Structure: 3 papers
Paper 1: Non Calculator, 80 marks, worth a third of the GCSE
Paper 2: Calculator, 80 marks, worth a third of the GCSE
Paper 3: Calculator, 80 marks, worth a third of the GCSE
Content from any part of the specification may be assessed in any of these three papers.
KS4 Schemes of work can be found on MS Teams
Key stage 5 Curriculum:
Studying Maths at KS5 has the following aims:
- Enable students to acquire knowledge and skills with confidence, satisfaction and enjoyment.
- Give them experience of mathematical activity and develop resourcefulness in solving problems.
- Enable them to apply mathematics and recognise its significance to other disciplines.
- Provide them with a foundation for further study of mathematics.
Stepney Green College offers both Maths and Further Maths at KS5.
The following units will be studied in A-Level Maths: Pure Mathematics 1 and 2, Statistics & Mechanics 1 and 2
The following units will be studied in A-Level Further Maths: Core Pure Mathematics 1 and 2, Decision 1 and Further Statistics 1
The school organises revision sessions and interventions to help students out of their normal school hours.
We are committed to ensuring that all children become fluent in the fundamentals of Mathematics and experience challenge and success in Mathematics by developing a growth mind-set. We set high expectations of all pupils at whatever level of ability; expect our students to make the right progress and achieve their very best and to use their mathematical skills and knowledge confidently for future learning and work opportunity.
Our curriculum is flexible, broad and balanced.
The curriculum map is sequenced with fewer topics each week, term or year, putting depth before breadth. We find that spending longer on each topic enables pupils to really think and talk about the mathematics they are learning. We sequence concepts and methods so that previously learnt ideas can be connected to new learning. There is a focus on sequencing knowledge:
- Declarative knowledge, which will help pupils to develop automatic recall of key facts
- Procedural knowledge, which should be used as a bridge to more formal methods
- Conditional knowledge, which should come after pupils are fluent with the relevant facts and methods.
Collaborative curriculum planning lies at the heart of what we do in the department. We implement our approach through high quality teaching delivering appropriately challenging work for all individuals with a focus on fluency, reasoning and problem solving.
We encourage resilience and acceptance that struggle is often a necessary step in learning.
Work is supported by weekly homework assignment and regular opportunities to rehearse are important to transform initial moments of success to long terms memories.
There is a great focus on familiarity of facts and methods so that these can be reliably used when solving problems later on.
Content is revisited regularly so that learning can be consolidated. Each time students revisit an area, they are exposed to more complex content, building on what they have already learnt and encouraged to make connections between ideas and topics . We ensure the level of challenge is high enough for the most able, with scaffold and support available for students who need it.
All pupils have access to various forms of online support including MathsWatch and Dr Frost.
There are regular testing opportunities and assessment points throughout the year using a variety of prepared tests to ascertain progress. Pupils are awarded numerical grades from 1- to 9+ termly, following internal assessment.
Work packs are made available on MS Teams for all your groups to be used for revision or when pupils are self-isolating.
As a department, we offer opportunities for individual and team competition through the UKMT in years 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12/13. We provide access to Maths inspiration events for our highest achieving KS4 students (UCL).
Through our curriculum we introduce students to the stories of some of the most influential Mathematicians throughout history and the impact that their work has had on the world we live in. Real life applications of Mathematical ideas are made explicit to students whenever possible.
We offer KS5 students visits to local universities. They also have access to problem solving courses and STEP courses provided through the AMSP.
We continuously strive to better ourselves and frequently share ideas and things that have been particularly effective. We also take part in training opportunities and networking events.
We know our curriculum is working in the Mathematics department through analysis of the school KS3/GCSE/A level results.
Maths continues to be a very popular option in KS5. (70-80 students choosing it as one of their 3 A level subjects).
The Mathematics Faculty has been consistently and highly successful over a number of years both in relation to other Faculties in the school and against National Performance.
Departmental Quality Assurance shows students taking pride in their work in Mathematics, and enjoying the level of challenge and variety of learning activities.
Homework is set regularly and completed by the majority of pupils.
- UKMT Senior mathematics challenge
- UKMT intermediate Mathematics Challenge
- UKMT junior Mathematics Challenge
- Homework club
- Intervention sessions
- Chess club
- Challenge of the month
Mathswatch: SGMCSC subscribes to the mathematics website “Mathswatch” which allows pupils to access topic-based worksheets and interactive lessons at home as well as school. These can be used to reinforce their understanding and is an excellent revision tool. They each have a personal login and can track their progress throughout the year.
Mulberry Stepney Green Maths, Computing and Science College is part of the Mulberry Schools Trust which is a charitable company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales (Company No. 10035860).
Company’s registered office: Mulberry Schools Trust, Richard Street, Commercial Road, London E1 2JP