Welcome to OAT Maths

A coherently-designed, comprehensively-resourced, freely-available mathematics curriculum project for key stages 3 and 4.

A good mathematics curriculum is well sequenced, in a way that enables the curriculum itself to be a progression model; it coheres classroom-to-classroom, teacher-to-teacher and year-to-year; it enables students at all levels of attainment to practise to fluency, to reason, and to think mathematically at every possible opportunity. The OAT Maths curriculum project holds these principles at heart and aims to give you the best possible start for teaching maths across Key Stages 3 and 4.

Our project prioritises critical knowledge and gradually builds understanding over time, interleaving concepts at every opportunity. It is underpinned by the principles of mathematics education research and cognitive science and is in constant refinement in collaboration with schools in the Ormiston Academies Trust.

Always a work-in-progress - as any curriculum should be - we hope you find these resources useful.

Representations

We believe that concrete and pictorial representations help more students to make sense of the abstract ones. We have chosen a small number of representations to thread throughout the curriculum. The main ones are algebra tiles and area models, the number line and vectors, and double number lines and ratio tables.

As we make support materials for using representations, we will include them here.

Algebra Tiles

Document: Algebra tiles through the curriculum

Double number lines and ratio tables

Coming soon!

The Team

The OAT Maths team comprises the team of national and regional lead practitioners at the Ormiston Academies Trust:

Jemma Sherwood

Jemma Sherwood

Senior Lead Practitioner

Senior Lead Practitioner for Mathematics at Ormiston Academies Trust, a role that sees her head up the team of regional lead practitioners and develop the mathematics curriculum across the academies. An established figure in the education landscape and former head

Emma Weston

Emma Weston

Lead Practitioner

Lead Practitioner for Mathematics at Ormiston Academies Trust.

Caroline Kennedy

Caroline Kennedy

Lead Practitioner

Lead Practitioner for Mathematics at Ormiston Academies Trust.

Claire Clay

Claire Clay

Lead Practitioner

Lead Practitioner for Mathematics at Ormiston Academies Trust.

Amie Meek

Amie Meek

Lead Practitioner

Lead Practitioner for Mathematics at Ormiston Academies Trust.


Credits

We have sought permission from a number of task designers to use their work, but some we have drawn on more than others. In particular, we wish to thank the following people for their wonderful, freely-available work:

Chris McGrane and Siobhan McKenna
Don Steward
CIMT
Craig Barton
Dan Draper
Helen Konstantine

We use visuals and interactives throughout the materials, especially those from:

Jonathan Hall and Mathsbot, whose manipulatives bring the materials to life.
Mathigon, whose number line and other Polypad tools are invaluable.
Desmos, because graphs are too important to not be seen there.
Geogebra, because geometry should be dynamic, not static.
Sudeep Gokarakonda and Boss Maths, who is a master of using Geogebra to create dynamic illustrations.

We have also used tasks designed by:

Nathan Day
Segar Rogers

Credits for individual tasks are in the notes on the PowerPoint slides. If you notice we have missed credit for a task, please let us know and we will rectify straight away.