Mathematics is an essential foundation of many other subjects across the curriculum and prepares students for life beyond education in the home, in the workplace and at leisure. At Christ the King we provide a Mathematics curriculum which promotes the diversity of Mathematics in the world around us and instils in students fundamental skills that will become vital in an ever changing and advancing society.
Mathematics develops problem solving skills which can be utilised in any context and teaches students how to deal with challenges. It promotes clear and logical thought processes and it underpins many of today’s careers in science, technology and ICT. Developments in our curriculum over recent years have seen a significant improvement in GCSE results, with 63% of students achieving a grade C or above in 2016. Our students were also ranked as second in Lancashire for progress in Mathematics. We encourage students to understand the role both subjects have in their development. As such we use ICT as a teaching and learning tool and encourage students to use programs such as MyMaths, Coolmath, Hegarty Maths and GCSE Bitesize to assist them in their studies and use iPads a both a teaching and a learning tool in lessons.
Key Stage 3
Students in Key Stage 3 follow a curriculum consisting of number; algebra; shape, space and measure; and handling data. Students then learn how to use and apply the knowledge and skills they have learnt in these areas to real life situations and in problem solving activities. We are keen to ensure that all students perform to the best of their ability and receive a teaching programme tailored to their individual needs. Students are assessed twice each year and their progress tracked against their target levels. This information allows us to identify students who would benefit from extra support from our higher level teaching assistant.
Key Stage 4
Students in Key Stage 4 follow a linear course with Edexcel examination board either at higher or foundation level. They sit three GCSE examination papers at the end of year 11, one non-calculator and two calculator papers. Higher tier candidates can achieve grades 4-9 and foundation tier candidates can achieve grades 1-5.
Students are assessed in November and February to determine the most suitable tier of entry. This course is also supported by study support lessons which take place after school for any students wanting more individual or small group support.