Mathematics is a core subject and is fundamental in enabling young people to lead successful careers. At Outwood Academy Acklam we deliver Mathematics through a Mastery led curriculum which involves establishing a deep understanding of Mathematics, this is enhanced and developed through problem solving. The learning of the students is enriched by both collaborative and independent activities.

Key Stage 3

We follow a two-year Key Stage 3 Mastery Scheme of Work in order to prepare students for their GCSE Maths course which they begin in Year 9.

Each year is split up into a series of topics which students study for periods of between 2 and 4 weeks. We also have problem solving and project weeks. All students learn the same content regardless of their group. More able students will be stretched by content depth rather than going onto the next stage.

Key Stage 4

Mathematics GCSE – Edexcel (QAN code 60147003)

Maths is a 3-year linear GCSE course designed to finish at the end of year 11. Maths is a core subject, which means that everyone will take a course leading to a GCSE in this subject. A pass in the new GCSE is at level 5 or higher which is a very important qualification, together with a similar qualification in English, it is a gateway to many careers and study at higher levels.

Students who are not making expected progress in Maths at the end of Year 8 or 10 will study additional periods of Maths to help boost their grade. This will be through Option Maths (in place of one of their three options). All other students will continue to progress as usual.

Further reading and information on the curriculum content studied can be found at:
Edexcel Level 1 / Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in Mathematics

Statistics GCSE – Edexcel (QAN code 50044564)

Statistics can be studied as an option subject in Year 11. Students who study the Statistics course will learn statistical techniques and concepts such as planning and data collection, processing, representing and analysing data, reasoning, interpreting and discussing results, and understanding probability.

Further reading and information on the curriculum content studied can be found at:
Edexcel Level 1 / Level 2 GCSE in Statistics

SMSC (Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural)

Students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is linked through our expectations that students make connections between their numeracy skills and real life. Students are asked to consider pattern, order, symmetry and scale. They are often asked to reflect on data that has moral and ethical implications; including chance games. We ensure that students are taught mathematics in collaborative learning groups and structures in order to develop their social skills and to gain an understanding that they need to listen to each other and carefully consider each others’ opinions.

Department Staff

Mr. A. Hern – Associate Director of Mathematics
Mr. I. Bone – Head of Department Mathematics
Mrs. N. Herbert – Second in Department Mathematics
Miss. D. Nunn – Third in Department Mathematics
Mr. L. Kirtley – Vice Principal and Teacher of Mathematics
Mrs. A. Tomlin – Assistant Principal and Teacher of Mathematics
Mrs. C. Harker – Teacher of Mathematics
Mr. S. Ahmed – Teacher of Mathematics Mrs A Cooper – Teacher of Mathematics
Mr. M. Schaatsbergen – Teacher of Mathematics
Mr. S. Mahmood – 121 Tutor
Mrs. S. Watt – 121 Tutor
Mrs. C. Bradley – 121 Tutor