Mathematics is an essential tool for everyday life. It is a whole network of concepts and relationships which provide a way of viewing and making sense of the world.
At Maplewell Hall School we believe that Maths is for everyone. We want to give our students the right skills to enable them to reach their future destination – whatever or wherever that may be.
We recognise that within each classroom there will be pupils working at different levels of challenge. We aim to provide suitable learning opportunities by matching the challenge of the task to the ability of the child. In addition to this, teaching and support staff are deployed effectively to maximise each pupil’s potential.
At Maplewell, we believe it is important that children should enjoy Mathematics and approach problem solving with a growth mindset.
We put students at the heart of everything we do. With this ethos in the fore, we role model enthusiastic and positive attitudes and provide engaging opportunities for students to actively participate in the learning process every lesson.
The maths curriculum at Maplewell is framed around the new National Curriculum in conjunction with White Rose Hub’s lesson breakdown. Our school adopted the ‘Mastery System’ where teaching for ‘mastery’ is crucial in embedding skills and knowledge in pupils. The mastery approach to teaching mathematics compliments the National Curriculum and increasingly rigorous GCSE specification. It places value of teaching approaches that give pupils the best chance of securing both a deep understanding of mathematical concepts and fluency in applying them.
Here at Maplewell we have pupils arriving with widely differing mathematical aptitudes. In order to meet the needs of all learners we have developed the curriculum in two distinct pathways (View pathway graphic).
We consider every pupil carefully and individually to ensure they are placed on the most appropriate pathway throughout their time at Maplewell. Over the course of their education, some pupils may move between pathways. Both pathways centre on the National Curriculum and provide a broad and balanced education.
The curriculum for pupils on Pathway A
This curriculum encourages a clear focus on problem solving, investigating and the skills of using and applying mathematical understanding. The main focus is to make rich connections between different areas of maths in order to prepare the pupils to take the exams. Pupils work towards nationally recognised accreditation, which includes; Gateway Qualification and GCSE.
The curriculum for pupils on the Pathway B
Here pupils will move from a focus on concrete to pictorial representation and then, finally, to a focus on more abstract learning. The curriculum encourages a clear focus emphasising on; number, using and applying mathematical understanding and skills to tackle a range of practical tasks and real life problems. Pupils will work towards nationally recognised accreditation, which includes; Gateway Entry Level Certificates (ELC).
Curriculum – KS3
In year 7, 8, and 9(B), pupils will follow appropriately levelled aspects of the National Curriculum, supported by modern textbooks, resources and appropriate software. Please find details of the curriculum coverage below. We begin teaching the Key Stage 4 curriculum in Year 9 (A ), allowing three years to complete the course. Students follow the curriculum appropriate for their ability leading to mathematics GCSE.
Curriculum – KS4
Dependant on a number of factors, students can be expected to be working towards a GCSE or Gateway qualification.
Curriculum – KS5
Students in Key Stage 5 follow accredited courses from the Gateway Qualification (Entry Level 3, Level 1 and Level 2) and The New Leadership Skills Programme in Maths and GCSE (1-9).