Welcome to Harrop Fold

At Harrop Fold, we are committed to making the difference for all our young people.  Our aim is to produce well-rounded young people who are prepared for our ever-changing world. We do this by focusing on the Personal, Social and Academic aspects of education, which will drive our young people to reach their potential and achieve true excellence.


Mr D Rooney – Head of Faculty

In the mathematics department, our programme of study is constantly evolving, to take account of the needs and interests of our students. Evolution encourages the ability to encompass the diversity within the mathematical needs of students, industry and society. The ultimate aim of the department is to ensure that all students make at least good progress and establish the mathematical skills required to operate within society.

It is important to do well in the core subjects such as mathematics – but it is also important to be a good communicator, listener, team worker, and creative thinker. We are conscious of our responsibility to develop our students not only as good learners but also good citizens. We encourage all our students to respect themselves and others, and to make the very best of the education on offer here.

Mathematics is taught against the prescribed attainment targets- with opportunities to promote problem solving and logical reasoning. Students are required to take responsibility for their understanding of mathematics to experience the awe and wonder of this subject. The secondary programme of study is taught across Key Stage Three and Key Stage Four.

Curriculum Intent

The maths department aims to produce students who are enquiring, aspirational and successful with the skills and knowledge to become confident problem solvers. The curriculum will enable all students to become fluent and efficient in the basic skills (including numeracy) which will empower them to have a no fear risk taking approach at all times. The department will ensure that there are opportunities for all students to feel success through a range of carefully planned and timely assessments.The curriculum will provide valuable enrichment opportunities outside of the classroom to enhance the student’s enjoyment of mathematics at both key stages. The department will ensure that a variety of approaches to teaching and learning are delivered and a smooth transition takes place to consistently engage and motivate students.

Curriculum Map

Maths Curriculum Map

Key Stage 3

Developing the skills for learningThis Key Stage serves two main purposes to:

Develop the thinking and understanding of mathematics ensuring progression from all Primary mathematics experiences. At Harrop Fold we have adopted the Mastery approach to teaching mathematics. A focus on the depth of understanding in fewer mathematical topics, developing links and opportunities to discover and piece together the bigger picture.

Ensure that logical thinking skills are securely in place to enthuse and motivate learning whilst actively preparing for Key Stage Four. At Harrop Fold we encourage students to take risks in their learning to become more resilient and resourceful in their learning approaches and develop a plethora of strategies.

Topics Studied

Number skills to support problem solving
Algebra skills to support creativity
Geometry skills to support logic and spatial awareness
Statistical skills to support uses of mathematics within society

Key Stage 4

Aiming for employability and future education successAiming for employability and future education success

Mathematics at Key Stage Four is about securing success and achieving the best possible grade in preparation for future life choices. We currently offer GCSE mathematics through the AQA examination board, specification code 8300. Qan code 601/4608/4. Extended information regarding the specification can be found at http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/mathematics/gcse/mathematics-8300.

Pupils will be examined in the summer term of Year 11; according to their mathematical ability across one of two tiers Higher or Foundation. As from summer 2017 students will no longer receive a grade A*- G, but a numerical grade 9 – 1. All examinations are Linear consisting of three examinations of 1 hour 30 minutes each. Students will be expected to apply mathematical knowledge both with and without the use of a calculator.


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