Whatever the nature of the local community, students are growing up in a wider multicultural and multiracial society where they are subject to various attitudes towards minority groups, and also certain images of these groups portrayed by the media. The school’s Equality Objectives should be read in conjunction with the wider school policies.
Good schools go beyond a commitment to academic excellence; they aim to educate the whole person through holistic development and extra-curricular endeavours. At Humphrey Perkins School we endorse that aim in the knowledge that if we provide a good quality and exciting academic education, taking a close interest in each individual with the highest standard of teaching, we will produce well-rounded students; able and eager to fulfill their potential in all aspects of life.
We believe that all young people will respond to challenge as long as that challenge is relevant to their individual needs and aspirations. So we have developed a curriculum that meets the needs, sparks the imagination, and brings the best out of each individual student according to his or her ambition, aspirations, ability, interests and learning styles.
We aim to stimulate, motivate and cultivate intellectual curiosity, develop our students awareness and understanding as well as leadership and communication skills. We want all our students to be good citizens as well as good companions and to have fun! We encourage and expect high standards of behaviour and presentation and nurture strong character values.
There is a focused commitment on 'Teaching and Learning' and we are proud of what we do. There is an emphasis on mutual support through which we develop our shared professionalism. We are reflective and adaptive in our practice. We are happy to try out new ideas, because we want to ensure that every student succeeds.
Celebrating genuine success is an important aspect of building self confidence and developing a sense of pride and ambition. There are many ways in which we highlight achievement, from HP Award badges in assembly to photos around the site. All students are expected to celebrate the success of others.
Maths develops specific parts of their brain, particularly the left side, as well as problem solving, logic and reasoning. Numeracy is an essential skill in our complex world.
Principles of Mathematics teaching
Success in mathematics comes from having deep knowledge of the rich connections within mathematical structures, facts,
concepts and procedures.
At Humphrey Perkins school the curriculum is seen as part of an 11 year journey. Each Key Stage builds on students’ previous learning and prepares them for the next stage.
The principles that make up our curriculum include:
Principle: Deep learning in Mathematics happens when students have both procedural and conceptual understanding of a topic
Our curriculum has an emphasis on teaching for both conceptual and procedural understanding and unpicking any shallow foundations (NCETM, 2018). A coherent plan through a topic builds the concepts to move the students from novice to expert. Increasing difficulty and problem solving allows students to develop their depth of understanding.
Principle: Deep learning in Mathematics does not (necessarily) happen quickly so the curriculum stays on topics for longer.
Topics within the curriculum are studied for longer to enable each unit to build on prior knowledge, unpick any misunderstandings and take the knowledge deeper and further. The majority of students study the same content and at an appropriate pace, while access material and careful scaffolding supports students where necessary and extension material broaden students’ mathematical experience.
Principle: Deep learning involves developing fluency in Mathematical knowledge, so as to be able to reason Mathematically, with the aim of solving Mathematical problems.
Our curriculum is based on evidence (EEF, 2018) which shows that effective maths teaching includes:
|Please see our department documentation which details our curriculum intent and schemes of work.|
|Maths Presentation from the Maths Subject Evening October 2019|