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The Maths department has six full time subject specialist teachers in Maths.  There are six subject specific classrooms for the department to share.

The National Curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils 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 nonroutine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.

Curriculum Intent:

Mathematics at Philips High School is delivered by a determined and hardworking team of teachers.  The mathematics curriculum at Philips High school is designed to deepen pupil`s understanding of core mathematical principles through a mastery approach; which focuses on the “why” of mathematics.  The curriculum focuses on developing pupils in three strands of mathematical thinking – fluency, reasoning and problem solving – so that the key skills and processes learnt in the classroom can be applied to practical, scenarios.

The mathematics curriculum is planned and sequenced so that new knowledge and skills build on what has been taught before.  It is a constantly reviewed, developed and improved working document.  Opportunities for retrieval are used in starter and “interleaving” is specifically identified, thus linking topics. The department is developing a consistent methodology for key topics therefore ensuring pupils progress through the curriculum confidently.

We believe a firm grasp of key concepts and processes in mathematics is essential to equip pupils to be comfortable and confident with mathematics.  We aim for Philips pupils to leave school with these skills and are able to then flourish in their chosen career path.

KS3 YEAR 7 Number, algebra, data, shape, ratio, proportion.
YEAR 8 Number, algebra, data, shape, ratio, proportion, graphs, tables, charts.
YEAR 9 Number, algebra, data, shape, ratio, proportion, graphs, tables, charts, fractions, percentages, equations, inequalities, sequencing.
KS4 Pearson Edexcel GCSE (9-1) in Mathematics

If you would like more information about our subject, or your child’s work in maths please contact the Head of Department: Mrs Rothwell

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