Curriculum

Mathematics

The study of Mathematics is a universal, engaging and essential tool required to enable every pupil in our school to have the requisite tools in achieving and exceeding their future career and life ambitions, across all disciplines and industries. Our aim is to enable every pupil to develop a secure framework of mathematical reasoning, which they can use and apply with confidence as they journey through life beyond school. Our maths curriculum allows pupils to develop fluent knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts. They acquire, select and apply mathematical techniques to solve problems and reason mathematically, making deductions and inferences, and drawing conclusions. We set challenging targets in conjunction with consistently high expectations for all pupils; targets which we hope to achieve through a variety of teaching and learning practices that engage and motivate every pupil.

Curriculum Overview

Year 7 Year 8
  • Place value and decimals
  • Mental and written methods
  • Introduction to Algebra
  • Fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Sequences
  • 2D Geometry
  • Units and measures
  • Transformation of shapes
  • Ratio and proportion
  • Representing data
  • Constructions
  • Probability
  • Sequences and graphs
  • Percentages
  • Algebraic manipulation
  • Working with 2d shapes
  • Pythagoras
  • Working with 3d shapes
  • Solving equations
  • Bounds and bearings
  • Probability
  • Representing data
  • Simultaneous equations
  • Ratio and proportion
Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
  • Calculations with number
  • Algebraic expressions
  • Angles and polygons
  • Collecting data
  • Fractions and decimals
  • Formulae and functions
  • Working with 2D shapes
  • Probability
  • Measures and accuracy
  • Equations and inequalities
  • Circles and construction
  • Quadratic Equations
  • Factors, powers and roots
  • Properties of quadratic graphs
  • Working in 3D
  • Transformation of functions
  • Indices, surds and standard form
  • Further graph work – gradients
  • Pythagoras and trigonometry
  • Probability and combined events
  • Sequences
  • Units and proportionality
  • Gradient and Area under graphs
  • Vectors
  • Revision of number basics
  • Revision of algebra basics
  • Revision of geometry basics
  • Revision of proportion basics
  • Revision of statistics
  • Revision of probability
  • Surds, standard form and bounds
  • Graph work
  • Further geometry
  • Proportional reasoning
  • Exam revision

Assessment

Internal assessments take place every half-term.

KS4 Exam Board Specification: EdExcel GCSE Mathematics (1MA1)

Home Learning

In order to be successful in mathematics, it is essential that pupils practice and consolidate their learning.  To enable this, the school use an online homework website called Hegarty Maths.  Each pupil is given their own unique username and login and teachers set tasks for pupils to complete.

Enrichment Offer

At the heart of our curriculum delivery strategy is to ensure maximum progress for every pupil. The Maths department offers subject-specific Virtual Maths clubs for Years 7 to 10. Our Year 10 and Year 11 pupils, in addition to their normal lessons, have weekly intervention sessions to help consolidate their prior learning by revisiting past topics. Through the Maths clubs, half-term assessments and class performance, the top-performing Key Stage 3 pupils are entered into the prestigious UKMT Junior Mathematics competition, where they compete against over 300,000 entrants nationally. The competition is designed to be a stimulating, challenging and rewarding experience for all entrants and will hopefully encourage these pupils to continue with Maths at A Level.