Welcome to Mathematics

Children’s chances of success are maximised if they develop deep and lasting understanding of mathematical procedures and concepts, which is why the Mathematics Department at John Henry Newman Catholic College delivers a Mastery curriculum.

Mastering mathematics means pupils acquire a deep, long-term, secure and adaptable understanding of the subject. The phrase ‘teaching for mastery’ describes the elements of classroom practice and school organisation that combine to give pupils the best chances of mastering Mathematics. Achieving mastery means acquiring a solid enough understanding of the Mathematics that has been taught to enable pupils to move on to more advanced material.

The curriculum has been designed so that pupils have access to all of the content required to succeed in their GCSE Mathematics Examination in Year 11 and also have the mathematics skills needed to succeed in everyday life. Our curriculum enables pupils to build on previous skills and knowledge in order to further develop their understanding. Topics have been selected in a specific order, so that pupils have already embedded the pre-requisites allowing them to access new material more effectively. There is spacing and interleaving between topics so that pupils find it easier to recall previous knowledge and learn more.

All pupils have access to the same curriculum from Years 7 – 9 and pupils are challenged or supported by their teacher depending on their needs. This means that no child is left behind or held back based on their previous understanding, and all pupils have an equal chance to succeed in Mathematics. In Year 10, pupils will be split into Foundation and Higher Tiers, as per the Mathematics GCSE, and will be taught the topics required specifically for their examination. There is time left at the end of Year 10 for classroom teachers to personalise the curriculum whilst preparing students for their End of Year 10 Pre Public Examinations (PPEs). The topics taught will be based on assessment data throughout the year and teachers will help pupils to fill the gaps in their learning, based upon this information.

In Year 11, teachers will personalise the curriculum based upon pupils’ needs. For those pupils studying the Higher Tier GCSE, class teachers will continue to teach new content that is assessed at GCSE, whilst mixing in topics that pupils have been previously taught but found challenging. Those studying Foundation Tier will have finished learning their content in Year 10, so will revisit topics they have found challenging. The topics that pupils will revisit will be based upon the End of Year 10 PPE Mock Review Cycle and the Year 11 Mock Review Cycle, where pupils will complete a past examination paper every fortnight and are given feedback on their performance in the weeks between. The past examination papers that pupils complete as part of the Mock Review Cycle have been chosen to build confidence whilst still challenging pupils so they are prepared for their Summer Examinations. Teachers will teach topics before they appear on the past exam papers so that pupils’ confidence is boosted and teachers can assess whether pupils have grasped concepts. The curriculum will continue to adapt based upon pupils gaps from the past exam papers and the curriculum is bespoke to each teaching group to best meet the needs of pupils.

Pupils will be set weekly homework to further support their learning and ensure pupils have the opportunity to practice the skills learned in class. Homework may be set on topics learned in that same week, from previous topics and previous years to help improve recall and retention. Homework is set on MathsWatch, an online platform that makes learning available to students 24/7. Videos, online assessments, feedback tools, independent learning and printable worksheets are all accessible to pupils, to help develop their mathematical skills.

Online support for pupils