Curriculum intent and impact

"Mathematics is not about numbers, equations, computations or algorithms: it is about understanding." William Paul Thurston

By the time children arrive at secondary school, many of them have deep-seated beliefs about mathematics - they 'get' it and love it or they don't and they hate it. We have a very different approach at Matthew Arnold. We believe that every child has the wherewithal to understand maths, and to enjoy its application in innumerable situations beyond the classroom; furthermore, that they demonstrate that enjoyment when they leave us with a strong pass at GCSE and a confidence in their thorough grasp and application of the fundamentals whatever direction they choose in life. We achieve this in a number of ways:

  • By recognising each student's current needs and setting them appropriately such that they receive the level of challenge and teaching style which best suits them
  • By acknowledging that children rarely make linear progress, and thus building in regular opportunities for them to move between sets
  • By allowing them to problem-solve and collaborate so that they can articulate their own understanding and needs
  • By using a highly visual method of delivery 
  • By focusing on diagnostic rather than summative assessment
  • By allowing gifted matheticians the opportunity to fast track and diversify


A video from Miss Brauten-Smith, Director of Maths

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