Subject Overview

Mathematics is taught in a fun, challenging, relevant and thought-provoking way by an experienced team of mathematicians, who all teach across the 5 year groups. A variety of ICT is used effectively to support and enhance the learning experiences of all our pupils. Cross curricular links are used effectively to ensure that connections are secure and functional.  

There is a high profile for Mathematics within the school. Pupils develop an appreciation of the inherent beauty and logic of Mathematics in addition to the practical importance of being numerically competent. A person who feels confident in their ability to handle everyday Mathematics will have the edge when it comes to planning for the future, such as further education and job applications.

Mathematics Curriculum Map

Year Group Autumn Spring Summer
Year 7

Number

Measures

Time

Algebra

Handling Data

Matrices

Geometry – Areas

Geometry – Angles

Further Geometry

Probability

Geometry – Transformations

Vectors

Sets/Venn Diagrams

Effective use of a calculator

Problem Solving

Year 8

Number

Handling Data

Number

Geometry – Angles

Geometry – Transformations

Algebra

Number

Geometry – Areas/ Measures

Probability

Number – Sequences

Geometry – Further

Algebra – Further

Problem Solving

Year 9

(Start of KS4 Curric.)

Foundation

Number

Algebra

Foundation

Graphs, Tables & Charts

Fractions & Percentages

Equations, Inequalities & Sequences

Foundation

Angles

Averages & Range

Perimeter, Area & Volume

Higher

Number

Algebra

Higher

Interpreting and Representing Data

Fractions, Ratio and Percentages

Angles and Trigonometry

Higher

Graphs

Area & Volume

Transformation & Constructions

Year 10

Foundation

Graphs

Transformation

Ratio & Proportion

Foundation

Triangles

Probability

Multiplicative Reasoning

Foundation

Constructions, loci, bearings

Quadratic Equations  and graphs

Perimeter , Area and Volume

Higher

Algebra Equations & Inequalities

Probability

Multiplicative Reasoning

Higher

Similarity & Congruence

More Trigonometry

Further Statistics

Higher

Algebra

Rearranging

Fractions

Proof

Solving/Simplifying Algebraic fractions

Surds

Functions

Year 11

Foundation

Fractions

Indices

Standard Form

Foundation

Similarity & Congruence

Vectors

Revision

Foundation

Revision

Higher

Vectors & Geometric Proofs

Proportion & Graphs

Higher

Algebra

Graphs

Revision

Higher

Revision

Getting GCSE ready years (formerly known as Key Stage 3)

Pupils start the GCSE in Year 7. It is a 5 year program, which has been developed within the school to support the learning and needs of all our pupils.

Pupils in Years 7 and 8 have four hours of Mathematics each week and are taught into ability groups. These groups are informed by baseline testing which is completed at the end of the first half term in Autumn. There are regular assessments which monitor the progress of all our pupils as they work towards challenging targets.

All pupils are equipped with the skills to master mathematical concepts. Pupils are encouraged to think and challenge themselves to solve a variety of mathematical problems.

All students are assessed in end of year exams which inform the Mathematics groups for all pupils in the following year.

GCSE Mathematics (formerly known as Key Stage 4)  

In Year 9, all pupils prepare thoroughly with an intensive 3 year Mathematics GCSE course which builds on the learning from Years 7 and 8.

There is no early entry with the course ending during the Summer GCSE exam at the end of Year 11.

Edexcel GCSE Mathematics (code 1MA1).

Pupils sit 3 examinations containing a mixture of problems and questions. The length of each paper is 1 hour and 30 mins. The Higher paper pupils can achieve grades from 9 to 4, and Foundation enables pupils to achieve grades between 5 and 1.

  • Paper 1 Non-calculator
  • Paper 2 Calculator
  • Paper 3 Calculator

Numeracy

Numeracy is a key whole school focus area.

Pupils are taught the skills they need for success in mathematics, and we are constantly reinforcing and reinterpreting those skills in new and exciting contexts through the wider curriculum.

Through the use of mathematics in other areas of learning, the numeracy skills of pupils are built and honed. This allows for greater success in a wide range of curriculum areas with numeracy underpinning learning.

The school has a pro-active approach to promoting numeracy, and works in collaboration with parents to provide an ideal overall climate for the implementation of numeracy at school and at home.

(Reviewed September 2018)