The development of mathematical skills for our pupils are essential for independent use in their everyday lives. We believe that every child can learn Maths and has the capacity to continue to expand their mathematical intelligence regardless of their starting point, with the intention of developing skills and knowledge needed for life after school. We aim to support and provide positive outcomes for all children. At Saxon Mount the intent for mathematics is to teach a rich, balanced and progressive curriculum that is suitable to the needs of our pupils. The curriculum is flexible and adaptable to meet the needs of pupils, in addition to a variety of teaching strategies used. It is progressive from a pupils’ starting point when entering SMS but also mindful to use baseline assessments, alongside a knowledge rich curriculum and aspirations for all learners.



The maths curriculum is based on the National Curriculum but are adapted to meet the needs of our SEND pupils. The curriculum has to enable flexibility and needs to be responsive in order to meet the needs of all of our learners, allowing access to learning. It is based on a CPA (concrete, pictorial and abstract) approach so that knowledge and skills can be built upon and then developed and extended; supported by a variety of teaching strategies.

The use of manipulatives (when appropriate) helps pupils to have a visual reference whilst developing skills to communicate and reason mathematically about their work. It supports visual memory which can help promote independent thinking skills.

Areas are revisited and built upon, becoming progressively more challenging throughout KS3, introducing the implementation of variation and fluency activities and problem and reasoning tasks. A variety of representations are used with the intention of developing a secure subject knowledge.

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Pupils will either follow the curriculum for an Entry Level Certificate in Mathematics, this is a 2 year programme and covers 8 components to include:

  • Component 1: properties of number
  • Component 2: the four operations
  • Component 3: ratio
  • Component 4: money
  • Component 5: the calendar and time
  • Component 6: measures
  • Component 7: geometry
  • Component 8: statistics

Or the foundation mathematics AQA GCSE syllabus which is a 2 year programme and contains seven main sections which are:

  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Graphs
  • Ratio, proportion and rates of change
  • Shapes and Area
  • Angles and Geometry
  • Probability and Statistics


The exams will assess the following AOs in the context of the content set out in the Subject content section.

  • AO1: Use and apply standard techniques

Students should be able to:

  • accurately recall facts, terminology and definitions
  • use and interpret notation correctly
  • accurately carry out routine procedures or set tasks requiring multi-step solutions.
  • AO2: Reason, interpret and communicate mathematically

Students should be able to:

  • make deductions, inferences and draw conclusions from mathematical information
  • construct chains of reasoning to achieve a given result
  • interpret and communicate information accurately
  • present arguments and proofs
  • assess the validity of an argument and critically evaluate a given way of presenting information.
  • AO3: Solve problems within mathematics and in other contexts

Students should be able to:

  • translate problems in mathematical or non-mathematical contexts into a process or a series of mathematical processes
  • make and use connections between different parts of mathematics
  • interpret results in the context of the given problem
  • evaluate methods used and results obtained
  • evaluate solutions to identify how they may have been affected by assumptions made.