We want all of our students to be both competent and confident in the maths that is necessary for so many parts of everyday life, for financial literacy and for almost every form of employment.
We want our students to have the mathematical skills necessary to obtain and succeed in the best scientific, technical, and engineering careers.
Our curriculum aims not just to promote the enjoyment of the subject, but to instil a genuine love of maths and an appreciation of the beauty and elegance that exists within the subject and the solutions it offers to life’s big questions and problems.
The study of maths helps students grow in themselves and acquire key skills and character traits. It develops curiosity, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. It requires creativity in seeking solutions, following a line of enquiry, developing an argument, and looking for relationships, patterns and generalisations. The study of maths supports the development of tenacity and resilience as students, confident in their own abilities, form personal connections by approaching routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication…without fear of failure.
Our curriculum is spiral in nature. Students are exposed to, and taught about, all the key strands (number, ratio, algebra, geometry, and statistics) from the beginning of year 10. The teaching is designed to ensure that all students are secure in the basics within each of these topics through repetition and practice which promotes fluency and automaticity. As the students develop in confidence, each of the topics is then re-visited in increasing depth and with problems of increasing complexity. As students progress through the course, they are supported in looking at these complex problems, breaking them down into a series of simpler steps and applying the skills and knowledge that they have acquired through the study of the separate strands and disciplines.
Lincoln UTC’s maths students understand the importance,
purpose, and value of the subject. You won’t hear a Lincoln UTC student ask,
“When will I ever need to know this?” The problems that we set our students are
carefully and deliberately selected so that the relevance is clear. The
questions that we pose are explicitly linked to real world, industry, and
employment related contexts and scenarios. The questions and problems are also
used to support and underpin the students’ learning in their other subjects,
particularly in science and in engineering.
KS5 - A Level Maths & Further Maths
At KS5 students can expect five lessons of mathematics a week in AS and six lessons a week for A2 studies. We offer both Core Mathematics and Further Mathematics courses, and follow OCR MEI specifications. In addition, we deliver the mathematics units required for the Level 3 BTEC Engineering qualification. Class size is small compared to many colleges in the country; and students will often receive additional one-to-one support.