Curriculum Intent Statement

Curriculum statement: Mathematics

‘Good mathematics is not about how many answers you know, It’s about how you behave when you don’t know.’ – Author Unknown


The purpose of our curriculum in Mathematics is to ensure students are equipped with a powerful set of skills that will allow them to understand, function and excel in the world around them. Mathematics is about being able to solve problems using patterns and structure – at NUSA students will learn how to use mathematics to solve real life problems and develop an effective approach to any situation with the appropriate logic to be successful.

Curriculum features

At Key stage 3 students are provided with opportunities to develop core mathematical principles. Students are introduced to our mastery curriculum which aims to deepen their skills in number, statistics, algebra and geometry. Challenge is provided through depth rather than acceleration.
By taking a mastery approach we are also able to develop their independence, resilience and tenacity.

At Key stage 4 students build on the skills acquired at KS3 with the main emphasis on developing their mathematical reasoning skills. The curriculum is fully delivered by the beginning of year 11 allowing teaching to focus on closing gaps in knowledge through revision, spaced recall and retrieval practice.


Throughout their mathematical journey at NUSA, students will be given the chance to thrive and enjoy the subject. There will be many occasions where students collaborate on cross curricular aspects and engage in exciting real life applications of maths. We strongly believe in providing students with extended opportunities to fulfil their mathematical interest. These may take the form of after school clubs, maths days, national challenges and competitions. Mathematics is valued highly by academic institutions and employers; it therefore important for students to realise the possibilities associated with mathematical competency.

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