The 5-year GCSE curriculum at Whitworth High is based on the principles of the mastery approach to the learning and teaching of mathematics. This involves teaching topics with a focus on depth and mastery of the key knowledge, skills and understanding. Using this mastery approach enables all our students to achieve and flourish. Concepts are taught for longer and in greater depth supporting students who require additional scaffold whilst providing stretch and challenge for students thriving and exceeding expectations. Students in key stage 3 are provided with the opportunity to progress from mathematics which is concrete, pictorial and meaningful before moving on to more abstract algebraic concepts, theorems and proofs. This mastery approach enables our students to demonstrate deep conceptual understanding of the topics making them confident and resilient mathematicians.
Our curriculum intent is to:
Provide a broad and balanced Mathematics education for all students at WCHS which builds on prior knowledge and skills from their primary experience of mathematics.
Engage students in mathematical learning which is enjoyable, stimulating and relevant to students now and for the future enabling them to have the essential knowledge and skills which allows them to fulfil their chosen career paths.
Provide a cohesive, progressive curriculum in Mathematics where explicit links between their school subjects and across key stages are forged to ensure depth of understanding within a range of contexts.
Enable students to develop mathematical knowledge, understand concepts and acquire skills, and be able to choose and apply these in relevant situations; and to instil an aspirational and resilient mindset.
Promote a positive attitude towards learning in Mathematics; pride in their own progress and achievement; and a strong work ethic, through providing a curriculum which offers opportunity to celebrate and share success: valuing attainment, progress and effort equally.
Ensure equal access to mathematical learning, with high expectations for every student and appropriate levels of challenge and support.
Develop students’ independent learning skills and resilience in and through mathematics, as well as their communication and numeracy skills, to equip them for post-16 education, further/higher education and employment and to become lifelong learners.