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Curriculum statement

At Friern Barnet School, the purpose of our curriculum is simple and three fold.

Firstly, to ensure all students who join in Year 7 have the required level of knowledge and understanding expected following the completion of Key Stage 2. It is imperative that we ensure the successful transition from primary to secondary school and in doing so, we will provide additional, tailored support in order to narrow the gap between those who have fallen below the expected standard. Those who require further support will be immediately identified and will receive support in order for them to be in a position to access our Key Stage 3 curriculum as quickly as possible. Our intention is to minimise the ‘dip’ that we know is possible in student’s transitioning from primary to secondary school. This is a key focus of ours as we recognise that if this is not addressed promptly, it can persist throughout the student’s time at school. It is for this reason we put such importance on this.

Secondly, our Key Stage 3 and 4 curriculum aims to ensure that all students become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that students develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately. It aims for students to be able to reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language. The curriculum also aims for students to solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions. Our curriculum aims to develop a foundation of student’s understanding of the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject. Our Key stage 3 curriculum aims to build on prior knowledge, introduce new content in all six areas of mathematics which include Number, Algebra, Ratio, proportion and rates of change, Geometry and measures and Probability and Statistics and to develop a deep and long lasting understanding that will prepare them fully for Key Stage 4. At Key Stage 4, our aims do not change from that of Key Stage 3 but with a focus on fully preparing students to be successful in their public GCSE mathematics examination.

Finally, central to all of this is our intent that students enjoy their experience of mathematics and that they develop a love of the subject. We believe that students are most likely to do well if they enjoy what they do and we aim to achieve this primarily by providing the highest quality of teaching. This is achieved through offering a variety of approaches to teaching and learning in order to engage and motivate students and we demand their active participation. We intend to make mathematics more relevant to our students and for them to achieve success through exploration, clarification, practice and application. Our intention is for students to learn more than just the content outlined in the programme of study of the National curriculum and so we will provide opportunities outside of the classroom to enhance students’ enjoyment of mathematics. We want all of our students to have an appreciation of how mathematics can have a positive impact on the world we live in.

Our intention is that all students leave us mathematically competent and with a qualification in mathematics that opens doors to their next stage of life, whatever that may be.

Please email Ms Davis at if you have any questions regarding Mathematics.



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