Mathematics plays an essential role in the development of a child’s education, Mathematical skills are used in many other subjects as well as being an important discrete area of learning. Pupils at Thornhill are given the opportunity to develop confidence and functionality in their numerical skills, building on the basic numeracy that supports everyday life.
Our pupils are given the opportunity to engage in mathematics in many different ways that will suit the learning styles of individuals as well as sharing ideas as part of a group. Learning is extended and enriched by the use of process skills activities and challenges.
Key Stage 3
In key stage 3; Mathematics is taught as a specialist subject, and follows a modified version of the National Curriculum. Pupils are offered the opportunity to learn, improve and develop their ‘knowledge, skills and understanding’ to make progress in this subject. The key stage 3 national curriculum assumes prior learning and knowledge from key stage 2, however, not all pupils have this grounding and understanding. As a result Mathematics in key stage 3 is taught in a diagnostic manner concentrating on building a knowledge base from the ground up.
Key Stage 4
In key stage 4 all pupils study GCSE mathematics. GCSE mathematics is taught in a diagnostic manner to ensure that pupils are taught to their individual needs and not by a generic scheme of work.
The majority of pupils study the higher tier and the foundation tier is only accessed when appropriate.