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Callington Community College

Callington Community College

Callington Community College

Mathematics

"The universe cannot be read until we have learnt the language and become familiar with the characters in which it is written.  It is written in mathematical language, and the letters are triangles, circles and other geometrical figures, without which means it is humanly impossible to comprehend a single word."

Galileo Galilei

Our intent is to deliver a high-quality mathematics education therefore providing a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject. Our curriculum will impact students in both the academic and non-academic, the measurable and immeasurable, in school and beyond school through an enjoyment of learning, an ambition to succeed, a good set of examination results and a set of values, skills and all round intelligence for success in life.

The mathematics curriculum at Callington Community College will:

  • develop mathematical fluency and mastery of key concepts to develop greater depth of understanding in each foundational aspect of mathematics.
  • enable students to build a secure framework of mathematical skills and reasoning which they can use with confidence.
  • enable students to become fluent and confident in mathematical language so they can make informed mathematical decisions and arguments.
  • equip students with the skills to solve problems.
  • provide students with the opportunity to appreciate the beauty of mathematical patterns and models.
  • provide students with the ability to make links across subjects and apply concepts to real life situations.
  • engage and enthuse students by providing challenge and encouraging them to think creatively and reason logically. 
  • build upon prior knowledge and go deeper by building on their schema each time they revisit content.
  • uncover the structure of a process to help students understand what they are achieving in abstract calculations.
  • be inclusive; all students will have access to the same ambitious and challenging curriculum. 

By the end of their education in mathematics at Callington Community College all students of mathematics will: 

  • be confident successful life-long learners who are prepared to take risks and see their mistakes as part of the learning process.  
  • select the appropriate knowledge and skills to break down a problem and solve each step accurately to a final solution and they will check the solution against reasonable expectations.  
  • be able to apply their knowledge of mathematics to problems posed in diverse settings.

In order to fully appreciate mathematics and develop a deep schema, the mathematics curriculum:

  • is coherently sequenced, resourced and follows a mastery approach influenced by White Rose.
  • is focused on immersing students in subject specific language.
  • addresses disadvantage through developing students conceptual understanding by using representations and manipulatives.

In lessons:

  • GTWTs seek to extract knowledge from the long term memory to reinforce prior learning.
  • DEAR (drop everything and read) aims to promote maths in the real world enabling students to see its importance.
  • Key vocabulary is highlighted to ensure comprehension.
  • Problem solving questions are used regularly to develop students understanding and comprehension processes.
  • Formative and summative assessment is used to identify gaps in learning and interventions designed appropriately.
  • Assessment results are communicated in a way that students can clearly identify their strengths and weaknesses.
  • Students are supported with concrete representations and manipulatives where appropriate to ensure inclusive teaching in every classroom.

At Key stage 3 students are encouraged to develop their mathematical thinking building on their key stage 2 knowledge. They will receive a balanced diet of the key areas within mathematics: number, algebra, data and geometry. Students will have the key skills needed to guide them to start their GCSE’s.

At Key stage 4 students follow the Edexcel GCSE (9-1) course. The course emphasises and encourages the sound understanding of concepts, fluency in procedural skill, competency to apply mathematical skills and confidence in mathematical problem solving. For our more able students, they are afforded the opportunity of sitting Level 2 Further Mathematics in year 11. To support our less able learners they have the opportunity to sit functional skills.

At Key stage 5 students have the opportunity to study Level 3 Core Maths, A-Level Mathematics and A-Level Further Mathematics. 

All three qualifications aim to deepen and extend the knowledge and techniques discovered at GCSE. The courses encourage students to think, act and communicate mathematically, whilst preparing students for a variety of higher education, apprenticeships or employment. 

The maths curriculum at Callington Community College has been influenced by:

The deliberate selection, study and recontextualisation of educational research that supports successful curriculum implementation including

  • Roshenshine’s Principles of instruction
  • Variation theory
  • Hinge questions
  • Diagnostic questions
  • Space retrieval practice
  • Interleaving
  • Low stakes quizzing

In lessons you will see resilient learners, teachers using high quality questioning to explore students understanding and using misconceptions to further develop key concepts.

In conclusion, our intent is to achieve an implementation whose impact is both academic and non-academic, measurable and immeasurable, in school and beyond school: an enjoyment of learning, an ambition to succeed, a good set of examination results and a set of values, skills and all-round intelligence for success in life.