The Mathematics curriculum at St Edmund’s Catholic School encourages learning that builds year upon year. Key mathematical concepts are taught and then applied and connected to other areas of learning throughout each academic year and beyond. This approach deepens understanding, and consolidates knowledge and skills.
Key Stage 3
At St Edmund’s we spend two years in Key stage 3 fully preparing the students for the demanding new 9-1 GSCE specification.
We focus on building numeracy skills and have started to use Times Table Rock Stars. In either paper form or online, Times Tables Rock Stars is a carefully sequenced programme of daily times tables practice.
Each week we concentrate on a different times table, with a recommended consolidation week every third week or so for rehearsing the tables that have recently been practised.
This format has very successfully boosted times tables recall speed for all of our students.
Key Stage 4
To cater for the extra content within the demanding new specification we dedicate three years to cover the GCSE course. We also offer Statistics, which gives pupils an extra GCSE qualification, and we dedicate one lesson per week to teach this.
Each student is provided with a personal learning checklist which informs them of topics they need to work on further.
To help our students revise we have bought each of them an IXL account. With unlimited questions, engaging item types, and real-world scenarios, IXL helps students experience maths at its most mesmerising. With the IXL Analytics, it’s simple to view student progress towards National Curriculum objectives.