Head of Maths : Mr D Smith d.smith@kirkburtonmiddleschool.co.uk

Our aim is for pupils to enjoy Maths and be able to use their skills throughout life and not only as a means of passing tests and exams. Mathematics is central to our understanding of the world in which we live, to our control of our environment, and to the organisation of our society. It underpins science, technology, medicine, economics and government. We believe we offer a programme which enables all pupils to reach their potential and provides them with a necessary grounding in mathematics for life after Kirkburton.

Pupils are given the opportunity to work in pairs and groups where they learn to work with each other and understand how different people solve problems in various ways. Pupils are encouraged to respect the opinions and beliefs of others when discussing mathematics. Pupils will learn the origins of mathematics and that it comes from different cultures.

The moral development of pupils is an important thread running through the mathematics programme. The pupils take part in various projects using maths in real life contexts, applying and exploring the skills required to solve problems. Year 8 pupils have looked at ‘Pay Day Loans’ and the choices and implications involved in these.

We follow national guidelines as the basis for our schemes of work. Pupils will cover work on number, calculations, shape, space and measures, handling data and algebra. They will also practice using and applying mathematics in a variety of contexts therefore developing the functional aspect of Maths.

Pupils are set, and set their own, targets for improvement which encourages independent work.
We offer several extra-curricular opportunities including the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) club. Pupils are entered into mathematics based quizzes against other schools and we also participate in the annual UK Maths Challenge.

What career…?

Pretty much everything!

Some employment areas that look for strong mathematical backgrounds include: Accountancy, Aerospace, Bio-sciences, Medicine, Computing (including game programming), Engineering, Architecture, Banking, Insurance, all science based industries.

See www.mathscareers.org.uk/article/who-employs-mathematicians for further info.

Maths is taught to all pupils in mixed ability sets in year 6. We are using the Mastery approach to teach Maths and each child is assessed regularly. In addition each pupil will have clear targets set for areas of improvement.


  • Place value and tables
  • Written calculations
  • Fractions
  • 2D & 3D shapes & Coordinates


  • Decimals & Percentages
  • Measures
  • Ratio & Proportion
  • Statistics


  • KS2 SAT Revision and SATs
  • Investigations & Functional Maths
  • Algebra


Maths is taught to all pupils in a series of topics. Each topic will take a number of weeks to complete and then Key Points are assessed. In addition each pupil will have clear targets set for areas of improvement.


  • Algebra
  • Lines & Angles
  • Place value, ordering, decimals
  • Formulae, Sequences & Rules
  • Using Measurements
  • Probability


  • Order of Operations
  • Representing & Interpreting Data
  • Linear Equations
  • Properties of Shapes and Solids
  • Ratio


  • Revision and End of Year Test
  • Graphs of Linear Equations
  • Congruence and Scale Drawings

Maths is taught to all pupils in a series of topics. Each topic will take a number of weeks to cover and is then assessed. In addition each pupil will have clear targets set for areas of improvement.


  • Decimals & Negatives
  • Solving Equations
  • Angles & Parallel Lines
  • Fractions, Decimals, Percentages
  • Symmetries & Constructions


  • Measures, Perimeter, Area & Volume
  • Multiples, Factors & Primes
  • Using Averages
  • Ratio & Proportion


  • Algebra
  • Transformations
  • Revision & End of Year Test
  • Functional Maths


Everyone in Maths is encouraged to have their say and everyone’s opinion is respected. The skills of analysing data are taught to enable students to make sense of vast amounts of data available in the modern world around them. This should empower them to make informed choices when they are older.

The rule of Law

Behaviour for learning is reinforced in all lessons based on the school’s behaviour policy, reinforced in every lesson, enables pupils to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the order according to which our school functions which helps them in turn understands how important the respect of rules is in the country generally, is. We teach the students to understand the consequences of their actions on themselves and others around them.

Individual Liberty

In lessons the department strive to encourage pupils to accept responsibility for their behaviour and respect for others within the lessons. The department encourage the students to develop self-confidence within mathematics, and to build their self-esteem within the subject. Our Maths teaching actively encourages risk taking which enables students to explore and try new ideas without the fear of failure or having negative responses from others.

Mutual Respect

Pupils are encouraged to help and support each other in their learning. They also show respect when pupils are answering questions, particularly when mistakes are made. The pupils recognise an individual’s strength and support their development, they are also encouraged to embrace diversity and treat all others with respect both in and out of the classroom. Problem solving skills and teamwork are fundamental to Mathematics, through creative thinking, discussion, explaining and presenting ideas. Pupils are always encouraged to develop their Mathematical reasoning skills, communicating with others and explaining concepts to each other. Self and peer reviewing are very important to enable students to have an accurate grasp of where they are and how they need to improve.

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs

Mathematics is a universal language with a myriad of cultural inputs throughout the ages. In Mathematics we actively promote pupils’ understanding of how other cultures have impacted on the Mathematics we use today. Within the Mathematics department we try to develop the spiritual, moral, social and cultural well-being of the students through the teaching and learning within the lessons and through extra-curricular activities. We also explore the Mathematics applied in different cultures such as the history of number, Rangoli patterns, symmetry, tessellations and Islamic geometric patterns.

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