At Trafalgar School it is our intention that, through their Mathematics learning, students should:
- Develop a passion for mathematics that continues throughout their school life and beyond.
- Build curiosity about the mathematics around them and ask about ‘why’ and ‘how’ concepts arise.
- Be able reason mathematically through lines of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, developing arguments through justifications and proof using mathematical language.
- Become fluent with the fundamentals of mathematics, through varied, frequent practice and increasingly complex concepts over time, so that they can develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
- Be able to problem solve by applying mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems, with increasing sophistication. Breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions in order to promote independence, resilience and perseverance through rich-tasks.
- Be self-sufficient in managing their personal finances beyond secondary school.
It is also the intention that, through their lessons, teacher should:
- Ensure students receive a high-quality mathematics education.
- Build on the mathematics that has been taught previously to enable students to master key skills and make rapid progress.
- Enable students to become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that they develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
- Be inclusive and meet all students’ needs to ensure that all learners are able to access the curriculum and achieve
- Ensure that students who grasp concepts rapidly will be challenged through being offered rich and sophisticated problems before any acceleration through new content.
- Ensure that those who are not sufficiently fluent with earlier material will consolidate their understanding, including through additional practice, before moving on.
- Challenge and engage the most able students, encouraging them to study Maths and related courses beyond GCSE and into A Level, at University and through their career ambitions.
- Cultivate an enthusiasm for Maths, and develop application skills, through relevant and related trips and extra-curricular activities.