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Maths Curriculum Overview

"Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas"

Albert Einstein

Mathematics is a creative and highly interconnected discipline and is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy. It is an essential life skill which opens up pathways for young people and improves their life chances.

At Whitefield School we ensure that our Mathematics curriculum is challenging, engaging and explores a wealth of topics within the subject, allowing our students to value its importance in their future, whilst encouraging the values of Ambition, Bravery and Respect.

Our structured coherent curriculum supports us to develop all pupils into mathematical thinkers. It is skilfully sequenced from key stage 3 to 4 to enable students to transition into GCSE successfully.  To build and develop their knowledge, skills and understanding of fundamental mathematical concepts and processes periodically and systematically through its spiral nature.

For example we begin our KS3 curriculum with algebra as this is key to the KS3 and 4 curriculum and represents a relatively new idea to our pupils. We carefully order the skills – understanding notation, one-step equations, then two-step equations, revisiting the concepts in other areas of the curriculum and making sure that topics are covered so pupils experience variety as well as consolidation.

At the heart of what we do we want all our students at Whitefield School to develop a passion for mathematics and to be successful learners of the subject regardless of their starting points, enabling them to progress a plethora of opportunities and fulfilling career pathways post 16. 




  • Our aim is to produce an ambitious, connected curriculum accessible to all pupils at our school, right through from Year 7 to Year 11. This curriculum will not only cover all the content of the National Curriculum for KS3 and GCSE but also provide students with significant opportunities to develop and grow as mathematicians developing greater mathematical fluency, understanding and problem solving skills.


  • We use a Concrete, Pictorial and Abstract (CPA) curriculum methodology  to support students to understand mathematics well and to enable them to form connections between the various representations.
  • Placing significant emphasis on tier two and tier three mathematical vocabulary and questioning ensures pupils are afforded plenty of opportunities to discuss and deepen their understanding of ideas introduced and learnt at all times.