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Curriculum Rationale: Mathematics

Our maths curriculum involves all students learning a body of knowledge relating to the skills and applications of maths. Maths is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology, and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education, therefore, provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject. As our students secure knowledge and gain skills and the ability to apply them, they will learn how maths can be used to solve problems, analyse data models and predict outcomes. 

The maths curriculum at King’s Leadership Academy Liverpool is research-informed endpoints. We have carefully considered some of the very best maths curricula and then organised the key maths knowledge and skills in appropriately sequenced steps. This enables students to build their ability in maths systematically over time towards ambitious curriculum end points. Students’ knowledge and skills are skilfully interwoven as they are gained over time through each of the topics from Years 7 to 11.  

We aim to ensure that all our students who are disadvantaged or have any special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) have access to a carefully planned curriculum. Our curriculum aims to provide students with SEND with explicit systematic teaching and rehearsal of knowledge. We also ensure that these students have the time they need to study important subject content in maths. 

Curriculum Intent: Mathematics 

The King’s Leadership Academy Liverpool’s maths curriculum has been developed to ensure that all students: 

  • develop mathematical knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of number, algebra, ratio and proportion, geometry, statistics and probability. 

  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that students develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately. 

  • reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language 

  • can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions. 

Year 7 curriculum overview [click here]

Year 8 curriculum overview [click here]

Year 9 curriculum overview [click here]

Year 10 curriculum overview [click here]

Year 11 curriculum overview [click here]

For each curriculum overview, additional documentation is available upon request. This documentation outlines more precisely the exact subject knowledge that your child must know and remember. These documents also include the types of teaching activities that maths teaching staff have chosen to help your son/daughter learn the curriculum here at King’s Leadership Academy Liverpool. 

Assessment 

In order to check how well our students are learning the curriculum, teachers use a full range of assessment techniques. These include  

  • diagnostic questions 

  • low stakes quizzes 

  • homework 

  • questioning 

  • end of topic/learning cycle assessments 

All of these will reveal your child’s mathematical prior knowledge and skills, help to identify and correct any common misunderstandings enabling your child to make rapid and sustained progress.