Here at New Heights School, maths takes an important role that is evident both throughout the school and in all lessons. We follow the KS3 National Curriculum that covers all of the topics and skills required for our students to go on and sit their GCSE examinations, confident in the knowledge that they have acquired the skills necessary to achieve a grade. Working closely with students, and providing teaching and resources carefully selected to each student’s individual needs, we aim to ensure that every student leaves our school with an improved knowledge and understanding of maths.



Topics Covered


Topics covered in maths range from multiplication to constructing pie charts, from basic uses of calculators to solving multi-step worded problems, from mental arithmetic to lateral thinking. In doing this we hope to create a positive attitude towards all things mathematical and develop Student appreciation of how maths is both evident and used in our everyday lives. The topics we cover ensure that each student can maximise their understanding and gain a deeper knowledge of how to make greater progress.

Throughout the academic year students will focus on the core skills needed to progress in maths, focusing especially on addition, subtraction, multiplication and division which are all challenged through basic introductions leading to multi-step problem solving and worded questions. These core skills are the foundation upon which all future knowledge and understanding will be based upon, and so it is fundamental to the student’s progress at New Heights that these skills are focused upon.



Assessment and Feedback


Students are assessed on entry with a baseline assessment that allows for a tailored approach to teaching, ensuring that work is both accessible and challenging. Students’ work is marked on a regular basis and verbal and written feedback is given to help promote continued progress and allay any misconceptions that may have arisen.



Links to Everyday Life


Examples of maths in the “real world” are used on a constant basis, with posters in the classroom depicting the maths skills necessary to work in different industries. Due to the nature of previous industry experience, teachers are able to give examples of how and when differing maths skills have been used, and the benefit that having a good knowledge



Career Paths


There are a multitude of different careers that are associated with being confident in applying maths, including jobs in the service sector and administrative jobs.