What is our Mathematics curriculum purpose and rationale at Ark Kings?
At Ark Kings, our Maths curriculum aims to give children the fundamental mathematical understanding that prepares them for the next phase of their education. The curriculum is delivered with a focus on learning a skill, then applying this skill in a variety of ways, before using the skill in a reasoning or problem-solving situation. This is to ensure our pupils experience how Maths is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. We aim for our pupils to understand that Maths is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment.
For more detailed information on our Maths curriculum purpose and rationale, please see our supporting documentation:
What is the all-through Mathematics strategy?
Please see our all-through Mathematics strategy, which outlines our implementation of the Maths curriculum to ensure pupils are prepared for the next phase of their education or employment: All-through Maths Strategy.pdf
Primary Phase - Further Information
Our Primary Mathematics Curriculum Purpose and Rationale provides more phase-specific detail: Primary Maths Curriculum Purpose and Rationale.pdf
Our Mathematics curriculum overviews outline the content pupils study in each year group:
Secondary Phase - Further Information
Our Secondary Mathematics Curriculum Purpose and Rationale provides more phase-specific detail: Secondary Maths Curriculum Purpose and Rationale.pdf
Students studying GCSE Mathematics follow the 3 year Edexcel syllabus, details of which can be found online at http://www.pearsonschoolsandfecolleges.co.uk/Secondary/Mathematics-support/Schemes-of-Work/GCSE-Schemes-of-Work.aspx
How can parents support their children at home in Mathematics?
Times tables recall of both multiplication and division facts underpin many aspects of mathematics. Children who have rapid recall of these facts become confident mathematicians. This is because their working memory is free to grapple with the problem-solving aspect of mathematics if their times tables knowledge is automatic. As such, we ask pupils in the primary phase to regularly practise their times tables at home. Each pupil has an account with Times Tables Rockstars where they can practise their recall in fun, safe online environment. The website can be accessed here:
In addition, pupils may also receive homework specific to the mathematics topic they are studying in school. This is issued by class teachers when appropriate.
How do we promote STEM at Ark Kings?
Nationally, there is a STEM shortfall where almost half (48%) of STEM businesses are looking abroad to find the right skills, while 7 in 10 (70%) are hiring candidates without a STEM background or simply leaving positions empty (60%). (Source: www.stem.org.uk)
We have a duty to prepare our students for the world of work. As such, we are committed to promoting STEM in our curriculum.
In the primary phase, pupils in each year group study a STEM topic for one half term in the year as part of their Science learning. Within this unit, pupils have the opportunity to apply skills learnt in mathematics as well as present a STEM showcase to peers and families.
In addition, in February, to celebrate International Day of Women and Girls in Science, we have a STEM Ambassador speaking to our primary pupils about their journey to a career in STEM and what their role entails.
Furthermore, pupils in Year 5 study ‘Discrimination in STEM’ as part of their History/Geography learning in Autumn 2 where they are inspired to consider how individuals in history have overcome barriers to pursue careers in STEM.