Mathematics is the means of exploring and communicating the ideas and patterns that make up our world. It is an appreciation of the intricate and beautiful ways in which patterns and ideas are constructed. Numeracy is one means of making that knowledge useful.

Mathematics contributes to the school curriculum by developing pupils’ abilities to solve problems, to calculate, to reason logically, algebraically, and geometrically and to make sense of data. Mathematics is important for pupils in many other areas of study, particularly Science and Technology. It is also important in everyday living, in many forms of employment, and in public decision-making. As a subject in its own right, Mathematics presents frequent opportunities for creativity. It can stimulate moments of pleasure and wonder; especially when problems are solved or when more elegant solutions to problems are discovered.

It enables pupils to build a secure framework of mathematical reasoning, which they can use and apply with confidence. The power of mathematical reasoning lies in its use of precise and concise forms of language, symbolism and representation to reveal and explore general relationships. These mathematical forms are widely used for modelling situations; a trend accelerated by computational technologies.

The subject transcends all cultural boundaries and its importance is universally recognised. Its history traces all of human development across the globe. Mathematics helps us to understand and change the World.

To set challenging targets with high expectations for all pupils

To offer variety in the approach of teaching and learning to help motivate pupils and demand their active participation

To smooth the transition for pupils between Key Stages and ensure progression in teaching and learning throughout their time at Soar Valley

To explore enrichment opportunities outside the curriculum

To enhance pupils’ enjoyment of mathematics

At the end of their mathematical education in this school, each student will be able:

To experience the satisfaction and enjoyment of their mathematical achievements

To think and act as an independent learner

To identify patterns and extrapolate from these

To see the connections between mathematical topics

To reason clearly and logically and set out rational arguments

To approach problems systematically choosing appropriate techniques for their solution.

To communicate with a team; sharing and investigating problems

To perform basic numeracy skills

To harness technologies to analyse problems and communicate their solution

To understand the mathematics likely to be encountered in daily adult life

To obtain their best possible results at KS3 and KS4

To appreciate the opportunities for further mathematical study at KS5 and beyond

We hope that pupils will acquire a sense of worth in their mathematical ability and carry this forward into wider communities. We hope that all students are able to enjoy mathematics.

Key Stage three assessment descriptors are attached below.  The “learning pathway” (e.g.  8-9) indicates the likely GCSE grade that a student may expect at the end of year 11, based upon both their current attainment and year of study.