### Welcome to the MATHEMATICS Department

##### What is maths?

Mathematics is the science and study of numbers, structures, spaces, changes, and statistics. It is a creative and highly interconnected discipline developed over centuries. In maths, students learn to solve problems through abstraction and logical reasoning. Mathematics is an essential tool used in various fields, including science, engineering, medicine, and social sciences.

##### why do we teach maths at alns?

At ALNS, our maths curriculum aims to develop students' mathematical confidence, resilience, and problem-solving abilities. We believe in providing a creative and ambitious mathematics curriculum rich in skills, designed to ignite curiosity and prepare students for the challenges ahead. Through a universal language that underpins many areas of learning, we emphasise the importance of mathematics in practical contexts.

##### how do we teach maths at alns?

Our curriculum at ALNS emphasises the interconnected nature of mathematics, with topics woven together to deepen understanding and foster critical thinking. Each lesson is meticulously planned by our dedicated teachers, who tailor their approach to suit the needs of every class. We promote fluency, reasoning, and problem-solving skills through clear modelling, class discussions, assessments, and independent practice. Students regularly use calculators to enhance their proficiency.

#### key stage 3

Our KS3 curriculum builds upon the foundational mathematics learned in Key Stage 2 and ensures students cover the breadth of the National Curriculum. We integrate algebra and reinforce number skills to prepare students comprehensively for Key Stage 4. Emphasis is placed on developing multiplicative reasoning and ensuring continuity in learning to facilitate a smooth progression through the curriculum. A full overview is available below.

#### key stage 4

At Key Stage 4, students follow a SoL that prepares them for the OCR exam syllabus for GCSE Mathematics. Students are prepared for GCSE exams with a focus on understanding exam-style questions, mastering calculator usage, and refining exam techniques. The curriculum ensures students are well-equipped to handle both routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication.

Students in Set 1 and 2 also follow the AQA exam syllabus for GCSE Statistics. The GCSE Statistics course is completed in Year 10, focusing on statistical literacy and data analysis skills essential for understanding the world around us. A full overview of both foundation and higher tier content is available below.