Sir James Smith's School


Mathematics is the means of looking at the patterns that make up our world and the intricate and beautiful ways in which they are constructed and realised. Numeracy is the means of making that knowledge useful. 

Mathematics contributes to the school curriculum by developing students’ abilities to calculate; to reason logically, algebraically, and geometrically; to solve problems and to handle data. Mathematics is important for students in many other areas of study, particularly Science and Technology. It is also important in everyday living, in many forms of employment, and in public decision-making.

As a subject in its own right, Mathematics presents frequent opportunities for creativity, and can stimulate moments of pleasure and wonder when a problem is solved for the first time, or a more elegant solution to a problem is discovered, or when hidden connections suddenly manifest.

It enables students to build a secure framework of mathematical reasoning, which they can use and apply with confidence. The power of mathematical reasoning lies in its use of precise and concise forms of language, symbolism and representation to reveal and explore general relationships. These mathematical forms are widely used for modelling situations; a trend accelerated by computational technologies. 

The subject transcends cultural boundaries and its importance is universally recognised. Mathematics helps us to understand and change the World. 


  • To set challenging targets with high expectations for all students.
  • To offer a variety of approaches to teaching and learning to engage and motivate students and demand their active participation.
  • To smooth the transition for students between Key Stages and ensure progression in teaching and learning throughout their time at School.
  • To explore enrichment opportunities outside the curriculum to enhance students’ enjoyment of mathematics. 


At the end of his/her mathematical education in this school, each student will be able: 

  • To perform basic numeracy skills
  • To perform the basic mathematical skills needed in his/her chosen career or for entry to higher or further mathematical education
  • To understand the mathematics likely to be encountered in daily adult life
  • To reason clearly and logically, and to set out a rational argument
  • to identify patterns encountered in diverse situations and to extrapolate from these
  • to approach problems systematically, choosing appropriate techniques for their solution
  • To follow logical instructions clearly expressed
  • to experience satisfaction in and enjoyment of his/her mathematical achievements
  • To obtain any formal mathematical qualifications needed for his/her chosen career
  • To obtain his/her best possible results at GCSE. 

In addition, we hope that students will acquire the logical abilities characteristic of a mathematician.


For a Mathematics Curriculum Overview, please click here.


Please click here to see a copy of the Numeracy at Sir James Smith's document.

Students in Key Stage 3 will be assessed using STEPS.  To find out more about how this works, please click on the links below:  

STEPS Overview

STEPS for Maths


Please click on the following links to see the Programme of Study for the different Key Stages:

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