Maths curriculum at Brownhills Ormiston Academy
The department’s vision,
• As the maths department we aim to provide exciting and engaging lessons for our learners,
challenging them at every step to become independent mathematicians.
• The Maths curriculum focuses on mastery of skills and techniques across all strands that
are taught, interleaving skills across lessons, units and key stages through the careful sequencing of lessons.
• We have high expectations, encouraging students to aspire to be the best they can.
• We will support our students to develop skills that are transferable across all subjects and
employment in later life.
• The students will think, write, and speak like a mathematician.
• We will take every opportunity to develop student’s cultural capital by exploring the origins
of mathematics and how relevant mathematics study is to today’s society.
Sequencing of lessons
Across each key stages the five strands of mathematics; number, algebra, ratio, statistics and geometry are taught. In Year 7 students are introduced to the fundamentals that underpin the secondary maths curriculum including algebraic thinking, and the principles of proportion. In year 8 and 9 students continue to develop their skills across all five strands. Within each strand there is opportunity to make connections between areas of mathematics that have already been studied.
Topics and lessons are carefully planned to ensure that students are always building on their previous knowledge. In key stage 4 students follow the higher or foundation pathway. Both pathways allow students to develop their existing knowledge base.
Students will receive regular formative assessment. Each lesson begins with a “Do Now” where learning from the previous lesson, week and topic are all recalled. Peer and self assessment opportunities are provided in each lesson and embedded into the scheme of learning. Regular assessment opportunities are planned in to lesson including the use of mini whiteboards and targeted questioning. This allows the lesson to be personalised to the students in the classroom meaning students are able to reach their full potential. Summative assessments are used each half term assessing the key knowledge from each unit of work that has been studied. Students have opportunity to complete response to marking enabling students to secure their knowledge before moving on to new content. Those studying GCSE have additional summative assessments in year 10 and year 11 in the form of pre public examinations.
Curriculum in action
Year 9 – Foundation
Year 9 – Higher
5. Circle Theorems
Year 10 – Foundation
Year 10 – Higher