Maths at TLWS

The Pioneer and Explorer pathways follow separate KS3 Maths curriculums. The Explorer pathway follows a curriculum that has objectives that lead to KS4 Functional Skills Maths outcomes. Our KS3 Explorer Maths curriculum is very practical and focuses a lot on the core mathematical operations and numerical fluency.

The Pioneer Maths Curriculum is based on a Mastery programme of study to promote 'over-learning' to close the cognitive gap and lead to above typical retention leading to numerical fluency across a breadth of mathematical units.

The Curriculum maps can be found below for both the Pioneer and Explorer pathways:

Pioneer Maths curriculum

Pioneer - Year 7

Autumn term: place value, axioms and arrays, factors and multiples, order of operations, positive and negative numbers, expressions/equations/inequalities.

Spring term: angles, classifying 2-D shapes, constructing triangles and quadrilaterals, co-ordinates, areas of 2-D shapes, transforming.

Summer term: prime factor decomposition, conceptualising and comparing fractions, manipulating and calculating with fractions, ratio, percentages.

Pioneer - Year 8

Autumn term: sequences, forming and solving equations, forming and solving inequalities, linear graphs, accuracy and estimation.

Spring term: ratio, real life graphs and rate of change, direct and inverse proportion, univariate data, bivariate data.

Summer term: angles in polygons, bearings, circles, volume and surface area of prisms.

Pioneer - year 9

Autumn term: probability, sets/venns and sample space diagrams, solving algebraically, solving graphically

Spring term: angle review, constructions/congruence and loci, Pythagoras' theorem, ratio, similarity and enlargement, surds and trigonometry.

Summer term: quadratic expressions, quadratic equations, indices and standard form, growth and decay.


Pioneer Key Stage 4 Maths Curriculum

At KS4 our Pioneer Maths students study towards either foundation or higher level Edexcel Mathematics. Some students will sit the foundation level Maths exam at the end of year 10 and then the higher level exam at the end of year 11, but not all students. The scheme of work is as follows:

Pioneer - year 10

Autumn term: Number(properties, approximations, decimals and fractions), geometry and measures (inc. scale drawings), statistics (inc. charts, tables, averages)

Spring term: Alegbra (linear graphs, expressions and formulae), ratio and proportion and rates of change.

Summer term: geometry and measures (perimeter and area, transformations, volumes and surface area of prisms), probability and events.

Pioneer - year 11

Autumn term: Ratio and proportion and rates of change (percentages and compound measures, percentages and variation), statistics (representation and interpretation), geometry and measure (construction and loci, curved shapes, pyramids).

Spring term: Algebra (number and sequences), geometry and measure (right angled triangles, congruency and similarity), probability (combined events), number (powers and standard form)

Summer term: Algebra (simultaneous equations and linear inequalities, non-linear graphs)


Explorer Maths curriculum

Explorer- - year 7

Autumn term: number (place value, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division.

Spring term: number (multiplication, division, fractions), measurement (money, length and perimeter).

Summer term: number (fractions), Measurement (time, mass and capacity), geometry (properties of shape).

Explorer - year 8

Autumn term: Number (place value, fractions, multiplication and division), Measurement (length and perimeter).

Spring term: Number (multiplication and division, fractions, decimals)

Summer term: Number (decimals), measurement (money, time), statistics, geometry (properties of shape, position and direction).

Explorer - year 9

Autumn term: Number (place value, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division), measurement (perimeter and area).

Spring term: number (multiplication and division, fractions, decimals and percentages).

Summer term: number (decimals), geometry (properties of shape, position and direction), measurement (converting units, volume)

Explorer Key Stage 4 Maths curriculum

Key stage 4 Maths students work through a scheme of work to prepare them for Pearson Functional Skills Level 1 then Level 2 assessment. This is not taught over specific terms as students progress at varying rates and assessment is undertaken 'on demand'. Your child's maths teacher will be able to discuss with your their up coming topics on a termly basis.

Why do we teach what we teach in Maths? 

Our Pioneer and Explorer pathways are based in numerical competence and confidence. The Explorer pathway is based in functionality and competence. The topics taught throughout KS3 are all on the Functional Skills syllabus. This leads to a steady progression of knowledge and skills application which leaves leaners able to manage their financial affairs independently, access the community, budget and use maths to complete tasks appropriate for community engagement. The Pioneer pathway is based on over-learning to provide confidence and to close attainment gaps of new students. It has a wide coverage appropriate to mathematical competence across a range of areas of study and subjects. It prepares learners for the world of employment and equips them with the numerical ability consistent with their qualifications.

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