Thursday 28 January 2021




The Mathematics curriculum is taught as a specialist subject at Thornhill Academy. 


It follows a five year curriculum.  Key Stage 3 are years 7 to 9 and Key Stage 4 are years 10 to 11.

The Key Stage 3 curriculum for mathematics has been designed to consolidate and build upon prior learning from Key Stage 2. The KS3 curriculum aims to ensure that all students:

  • Have access to a high quality maths curriculum that is both challenging and enjoyable.
  • Are provided with a variety of mathematical opportunities, which will enable them to make the connections in learning needed to enjoy greater depth in learning.
  • Develop the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
  • Can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of contexts with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.
  • Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, identifying relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.
  • Ensure children are confident mathematicians who are not afraid to take risks.

The curriculum across Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 are split into three distinctive learning pathways in each year, these are each designed and organised with six domains of Algebra, Geometry & Measure, Number, Probability, Ratio & Proportion and Statistics, which are threaded throughout the content so that pupils make rich connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving problems.

The expectation is that the majority of pupils will move through the learning pathways at broadly the same pace. Pupils who grasp concepts rapidly should be challenged through being offered rich and sophisticated problems before any acceleration through new content. Those who are not sufficiently fluent with earlier material should consolidate their understanding, including through additional practice, before moving on.

The Key Stage 3 schemes are set up to follow the same subject areas throughout the year to ensure with any movement that a pupil will not miss out or repeat any part of the subject.  The Key Stage 4 learning pathway consolidates and builds upon the prior learning from key stage 3 whilst following the Foundation or Higher Edexcel (1MA1) subject specific content.

Skills and stamina-building will be addressed through the use of ‘Corbett’ style starter activities to ensure ‘sticky knowledge’ and each scheme is accompanied by home works’. Home work is collected on a fortnightly basis

There is a responsive and reflective assessment style approach across the curriculum to ensure pupils are taught to their individual needs.