Mathematics is an essential skill in life and is at the heart of everyday decision making. It is the aim of Eden School to support every student to achieve their potential and develop a deep understanding of Mathematics.
Eden school is based in Blackburn with Darwen Authority where there is a high level of depravity, creating a disadvantaged start in the education needs of our pupils. The Mathematics department offers a supportive, nurturing environment focused on developing a culture of success. We strive to ensure that every student achieves their potential and develops a life-long love of learning.
Maths plays a vital role in helping us understand and change the world around us. It provides a broad range of skills, which can be applied in many aspects of life, and has been proven to improve life chances.
Our long-term aim is to produce an ambitious, connected curriculum accessible to all pupils at Eden School from Year 5 KS2 to the end of Year 11. This curriculum will not only cover all the content of the National Curriculum, and GCSE, but it will also offer our students the opportunity to sit Functional Skill and Entry Level Mathematics.
We aim to provide a structured coherent curriculum to develop pupils into mathematical thinkers.
The study of Numeracy and Mathematics empowers students to become active members of society. It gives them the tools and the skills to navigate not only the world of work but also their worlds outside work. Looking after family life, their social life, understanding the numbers when it comes to the environment and the statistics that affect them from the political world.
To learn mathematics effectively, some things have to be learned before others, e.g. place value needs to be understood before working with addition and subtraction, addition needs to be learnt before looking at multiplication (as a model of repeated addition). You will see this emphasis on number skills first, carefully ordered, throughout our curriculum.
For some other topics, the order isn’t as crucial, e.g. Shapes and Statistics need to come after Number, but don’t depend on each other. We try to mix these so pupils have as wide a variety of mathematical experiences as possible in each term and year.
In Year 7, we start with Number and Place Value as this is key to the secondary curriculum. In KS4 we teach Angles before Pythagoras which in turn comes before Trigonometry. Again we carefully order the skills to gain a better understanding and revisit the concepts in other areas of the curriculum making sure that topics are covered so pupils experience variety as well as consolidation.
The curriculum will enable students to become more fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time. This will enable them to develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge more rapidly and accurately.