Philosophy Statement - Maths

Mathematics is a highly interconnected and cumulative subject. At its heart, maths is the world’s most successful system of problem solving which, through the development of analytical and critical thinking, can be transferred to any discipline. Our mathematics curriculum delivers content in a way that ensures that pupils’ knowledge is developed through the layering of interconnected disciplines, allowing pupils to develop a robust understanding of the relationship between mathematics and problem solving. As students build connections and develop their reasoning skills, their understanding deepens and their knowledge grows.

Students have opportunities to learn increasingly sophisticated mathematical ideas relative to their mathematical ability and prior attainment. We provide opportunities within the curriculum to review mathematical content but this does not make up a significant part of learning time. Pupils are exposed to a standard of mathematics which accounts for and builds upon concepts already studied, and prepares pupils for the increasing challenge of mathematical problem solving they will be faced with at higher levels of study and within some areas of employment.

Pupils are shown from an early stage that mathematics is not about following simple, algorithmic procedures.  Learning the basics is important but an early emphasis on applying these mathematical foundations alongside reasoning skills to solve mathematical problems allows pupils to see the interconnected nature of mathematics. Lesson structure across the faculty ensures that pupils are challenged to demonstrate proficiency in these three core strands of the mathematics curriculum: Fluency, Reasoning and Problem Solving.  When challenged with carefully selected mathematical problems, students become more confident in their ability to face complex ideas, eager to figure things out independently, flexible in exploring mathematical ideas, and willing to persevere when tasks are challenging.

Teaching staff continually gather information about their students through questioning, written classwork, homework and assessments. They use their expert knowledge to explain key mathematical concepts and processes and address pupils’ key misconceptions about topics.

It is this sharp focus on connecting mathematical concepts through problem solving that allows our pupils to become enthusiastic and lifelong mathematical thinkers.

Contact Details

Heaton Manor School & Sixth Form
Jesmond Park West
Newcastle Upon Tyne

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