Maths 

The study of mathematics, like the Nile, begins in minuteness but ends in magnificence.

Charles Caleb Colton

At Acland Burghley we believe that every child has the potential to be successful in their use and application of mathematical skills. We aim to nourish and grow enthusiastic mathematicians who feel confident in their reasoning skills and know how to apply their mathematical knowledge in new and challenging situations.

Head of Maths Faculty

Emine Kani | ekani@aclandburghley.camden.sch.uk 

Subject Leads

KS3: Alfie Sparkes | asparkes@aclandburghley.camden.sch.uk

KS4:  Emine Kani | ekani@aclandburghley.camden.sch.uk 

KS5: Pedro Xavier  | pxavier@aclandburghley.camden.sch.uk

Teachers

William Allen | wallen@aclandburghley.camden.sch.uk

Jessica Kidd | jkidd@aclandburghley.camden.sch.uk

Valentino Murati | vmurati@aclandburghley.camden.sch.uk 

Jeremy Silk | jsilk@aclandburghley.camden.sch.uk 

Dixie McLean | dmclean@aclandburghley.camden.sch.uk 

Robel Kibreab rkibreab@aclandburghley.camden.sch.uk

Moy Bushra | mbushra@aclandburghley.camden.sch.uk

Curriculum

KS3

Y7 

At Acland Burghley School our intent with our mathematics curriculum is to harness their problem-solving and logical thinking skills from primary school and develop them further using a range of techniques and strategies. We intend to do this through a robust and diverse curriculum which will engage, stretch and motivate students to broaden and deepen their thinking and understanding, whilst forming links between differing areas of maths and other subjects. Some of these strategies look to identify misconceptions within students thinking and re-establish clear steps and understanding around core fundamentals. This, along with a range of other techniques will enable students to apply mathematical concepts confidently and coherently both inside and outside of the classroom.

Some of the links we look to establish in maths are in particular fields such as chemistry, astronomy and physics. Students who can't master fundamental arithmetic skills will struggle to read scientific charts and graphs. More complex maths, such as geometry and algebra can help students solve chemistry problems, understand the movements of the planets and analyse scientific studies. Nurses may have great bedside manner, but they need to know how to precisely calculate dosages in order to help their patients. Furthermore, in English, it may seem very different from maths, but mastering basic arithmetic can enable students to better understand poetry. The meter of poetry, the number of words to include in a line and the effect that certain rhythms have on the reader are all products of mathematical calculations. Maths can help students plan reading assignments in literature classes by discerning their average reading time and estimating how long it will take them to read a particular work. The linear, logical thinking used in mathematical problems can also help students write more clearly and logically.

Medium term plans

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Y8       

At Acland Burghley School our intent with our mathematics curriculum is to harness their problem-solving and logical thinking skills from year 7 and develop them further using a range of techniques and strategies. We intend to do this through a robust and diverse curriculum which will engage, stretch and motivate students to broaden and deepen their thinking and understanding, whilst forming links between differing areas of maths and other subjects. Some of these strategies look to identify misconceptions within students thinking and re-establish clear steps and understanding around core fundamentals. This, along with a range of other techniques will enable students to apply mathematical concepts confidently and coherently both inside and outside of the classroom.

Some of the links we look to establish in maths are in particular fields such as chemistry, astronomy and physics. Students who can't master fundamental arithmetic skills will struggle to read scientific charts and graphs. More complex maths, such as geometry and algebra can help students solve chemistry problems, understand the movements of the planets and analyse scientific studies. Nurses may have great bedside manner, but they need to know how to precisely calculate dosages in order to help their patients. Furthermore, in English, it may seem very different from maths, but mastering basic arithmetic can enable students to better understand poetry. The meter of poetry, the number of words to include in a line and the effect that certain rhythms have on the reader are all products of mathematical calculations. Maths can help students plan reading assignments in literature classes by discerning their average reading time and estimating how long it will take them to read a particular work. The linear, logical thinking used in mathematical problems can also help students write more clearly and logically.

Medium term plans

Y9

At Acland Burghley School our intent with our mathematics curriculum is to harness their problem-solving and logical thinking skills from year 7 & 8 and develop them further using a range of techniques and strategies. We intend to do this through a robust and diverse curriculum which will engage, stretch and motivate students to broaden and deepen their thinking and understanding, whilst forming links between differing areas of maths and other subjects. Some of these strategies look to identify misconceptions within students thinking and re-establish clear steps and understanding around core fundamentals, ready for KS4. This, along with a range of other techniques will enable students to apply mathematical concepts confidently and coherently both inside and outside of the classroom.

Some of the links we look to establish in maths are in particular fields such as chemistry, astronomy and physics. Students who can't master fundamental arithmetic skills will struggle to read scientific charts and graphs. More complex maths, such as geometry and algebra can help students solve chemistry problems, understand the movements of the planets and analyse scientific studies. Nurses may have great bedside manner, but they need to know how to precisely calculate dosages in order to help their patients. Furthermore, in English, it may seem very different from maths, but mastering basic arithmetic can enable students to better understand poetry. The meter of poetry, the number of words to include in a line and the effect that certain rhythms have on the reader are all products of mathematical calculations. Maths can help students plan reading assignments in literature classes by discerning their average reading time and estimating how long it will take them to read a particular work. The linear, logical thinking used in mathematical problems can also help students write more clearly and logically.

Medium term plans

KS3 Revision and intervention opportunities

KS3 homework club

Every Thursday 3.15pm-4.15pm in CS3 with Mr Silk

Y9 revision

The 3 weeks before each assessment 3.15pm-4.15pm in CS3 with Mr Sparkes

KS4

Y10

At Acland Burghley School, our intent with our mathematics curriculum is to harness pupil problem-solving and logical thinking skills, and to develop these further by using a range of techniques and strategies. We intend on doing this through providing a robust and diverse curriculum which engages, stretches and motivates pupils to broaden and deepen their thinking and understanding. Many of these strategies look to identify misconceptions within pupil thinking and re-establishing clear steps and understanding around core fundamentals. This, along with a range of other techniques will enable students to apply mathematical concepts confidently and coherently both inside and outside of the classroom. 

We have planned the year 10 scheme of learning to ensure that we are both building upon the foundations from Ks3, while also introducing content new to Ks4 which are needed for pupils to be able to successfully complete the 2-year scheme of learning. This will give pupils all the skills and support they require to be able to successfully move in to the second year of their Ks4 learning in year 11, achieving to the best of their ability in their maths GCSE. 

Medium term plans

Revision lists for Y10 mid-year exams

Y11

At Acland Burghley School, our intent with our mathematics curriculum is to harness pupil problem-solving and logical thinking skills, and to develop these further by using a range of techniques and strategies. We intend on doing this through providing a robust and diverse curriculum which engages, stretches and motivates pupils to broaden and deepen their thinking and understanding. Many of these strategies look to identify misconceptions within pupil thinking and re-establishing clear steps and understanding around core fundamentals. This, along with a range of other techniques will enable students to apply mathematical concepts confidently and coherently both inside and outside of the classroom. 

We have planned the year 11 scheme of learning to ensure that we are both building upon the foundations from year 10, while also introducing the final topics which are needed for pupils to be able to successfully complete the 2-year scheme of learning. Our scheme of learning allows for time in summer term 1, before their exams begin to be structured by the classroom teacher to cover topics which haven’t been revisited since year 10, as well as allowing for time to cover misconceptions which have become clear from the mock exams that pupils have sat. Allowing for time to address and secure knowledge around these misconceptions. This will give pupils all the skills and support they require to be able to successfully move in to the second year of their Ks4 learning in year 11, achieving to the best of their ability in their maths GCSE. 

Medium term plans

KS4 Revision and intervention opportunities

Y10 revision

The 3 weeks before each assessment, Wednesdays 3.15pm-4.15pm in G2A (Foundation with Ms Kani) and G2D (Higher with Mr Kibreab and Mr Allen).

Y10 Highgate intervention

Each Wednesday 3.15pm-4.15pm on level 1 green block - subject to invitation. Please contact head of faculty if you would like your child to be added to this.

Y11 revision

Every Tuesday 3.15pm-4.15pm in G1C (Higher with Mr Sparkes) and G2A (Foundation with Ms Kani and Ms Teklezgi) 

Y11 morning maths revision

Monday-Thursday 8.15am-8.50am in G1B (Foundation with Ms Teklezgi) and G1C (Higher with Ms Milwidsky) 

KS5

Curriculum

During the first year, students will further develop their understanding of Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry and Statistics from GCSE whilst also be introduced to more challenging topics such as Methods of Proof, Calculus and Mechanics. These concepts will then be studied in more detail in the second year of the course, allowing the students to apply mathematics in other fields of study, be aware of the relevance of mathematics to the world of work and to situations in society in general and use their mathematical skills and techniques to solve challenging problems that require them to decide on the solution strategy. Students will learn to reason logically to make deductions and inferences and draw appropriate conclusions.

Passionate and highly able students can undergo the Further Mathematics A Level qualification alongside the mathematics course, enabling them to extend their range of mathematical skills and techniques even further. Topics covered in the Further Maths course include, but are not limited to Complex Numbers, Matrices and Differential Equations, Further Mechanics and Decision.

 

Useful Websites

Medium and long terms plans

Why study Maths A Level?

Studying mathematics at A-Level provides a robust foundation for all scientific, technical, engineering and mathematical careers, as well as help develop useful and transferable skills like critical thinking, problem solving, construct logical arguments, time management and independence.

People with maths degrees and other qualifications can go into accounting, medicine, engineering, finance, business, consultancy, teaching, IT, games development, scientific research, programming, the civil service, design, construction, and astrophysics to name a few.

KS5 Revision and intervention opportunities

Y12 and Y13 interventions

Thursdays 3.15pm in G2C with Mr Xavier