Introduction to the Subject
Maths is one of Bolingbroke Academy’s specialisms. Maths is an essential subject for many careers – from Engineering, Medicine and the Sciences, to Finance, Programming and Architecture. Our vision is not only to enable our pupils to choose maths for further study or their career if they wish, but also to ensure that all pupils, regardless of their future choices, can have a positive experience of mathematics at school. At the root of Mathematics, at Bolingbroke Academy, is a belief that all pupils can be successful mathematicians, if they are given the tools and the confidence to access the material.
Maths consists of a series of related topics, and the relationships that exist within numerical concepts are taught explicitly to enable pupils to unpack those relationships and to apply their mathematical skills across the curriculum. Our teaching aims to build conceptual understanding incrementally. Depth of understanding will then help pupils to become independent learners who use their existing knowledge to problem solve, as well as build their resilience to tackle less familiar questions. This journey enables our pupils to feel the triumph upon successful mastery of new topics.
To do so, we aim to create engaging and thought provoking lessons and to foster classrooms with a positive attitude to learning maths, where pupils are collaborative yet independent and risk-taking. For in maths, you often learn most when you get an answer wrong the first time, so we encourage our pupils to try! Ultimately, our aim is that pupils of all abilities can enjoy their mathematical learning in a collaborative and supportive environment. This will be achieved through:
Three Core Concepts
- Concrete-pictorial-abstract: physical manipulatives used to introduce all new topics, before the introduction of pictures (e.g. bar modelling) and abstract methods.
- Depth before breadth: the KS3 curriculum is structured to enable pupils to spend more time on each topic, building towards a foundation of knowledge, before moving on to the next topic.
- Reasoning and Problem Solving: open-ended and challenging tasks used to enable pupils to explore topics laterally and encourage application of skills.
The Key Stage 3 Maths Curriculum map can be viewed here:
Each department has a 'DNA', that is to say our vision for that department.
The DNA of the Maths Department can be viewed here:
Please also see our Home Support Guide for Hegarty Maths.
If you have any queries please contact the Head of Maths Ms Tibbetts