Mathematics 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. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. At the Inspiration Academy we will provide a high-quality mathematics education by promoting cross-curricular links, 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.
Students will regularly explore the connections between mathematics and other subjects, through the ‘big ideas’. For example, when students are looking at the Eco-Phone “big idea” in Science, students could be looking at analysing and representing data, calculating energy efficiency figures and assessing reliability of data in maths.
Through these projects we will cover the national curriculum for mathematics, to ensure that all students:
* become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including thorough, varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately
* reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
* can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems, with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.
Pupils who grasp concepts rapidly will be challenged by being offered rich and sophisticated problems before any acceleration through new content in preparation for key stage 4.