Maths

No one is born knowing maths but no one is born lacking the ability to learn maths.

Curriculum Overview

  • Year 7 – 4 periods per week following a maths mastery course
  • Year 8 – 4 periods per week on current scheme of work embedded 2016/17
  • Year 9 – 4 periods per week on final year of KS3
  • Year 10 – 4 periods a week following GCSE pathway
  • Year 11 – 4 periods a week on final year of GCSE pathway

Year 7

We are excited to roll out our recently developed mastery scheme to students arriving in Year 7. Research has shown that a greater emphasis needs to be placed on number value on operations to be able to access higher content so we have tailored our pre-existing scheme to allow for this. Students will be encouraged to explore maths creatively, critically and collaboratively. Students should be challenging the maths presented to them and encouraged to explore maths more deeply. Pupils will be set on sides of the year accordingly to ability and these will be adjusted as appropriate throughout the year.

  • Half Term 1
    Number 1 – Place value, operations with different number forms and misconceptions relating to number value.
    End of term project incorporating skills acquired throughout the term.
  • Half Term 2
    Statistics 1 – Pictograms, tally charts, bar charts, mode, median, mean and range.
    Geometry 1 – Properties of 2D and 3D shapes, perimeter and area.
  • Half Term 3
    Number 2 – Simplifying fractions, converting between types of fractions and operations with fractions.
    Algebra 1 – Collecting like terms, simplifying expressions and simple substitution.
  • Half Term 4
    Geometry 2 – Drawing and measuring angles, applying rules of angles in a triangle, angles on a straight line
    and angles around a point.
    End of term project incorporating skills acquired throughout the term.
  • Half Term 5
    Algebra 2 – Function machines, solving simple equations and sequences.
    Number 3 – Rounding, powers, roots and ratio.
  • Half Term 6
    Algebra 3 – Coordinates and geometrical reasoning.
    Statistics 2 – Probability and outcomes.
    End of year assessments.
    End of term project incorporating skills acquired throughout the term.
    Assessment feedback and next steps.

Year 8

The Year 8 cohort will revise and extend topics that were covered in year 7 to build greater understanding. The end of year tests will help us to refine sets and ensure students are set appropriately.

  • Half Term 1
    Number 1 – Powers of 10, operations with negative numbers, factors, multiples, primes, BIDMAS and prime factor decomposition.
    Algebra 1 – Collecting like terms, simplifying algebraic expressions, substitution, factorising and expanding simple expressions.
  • Half Term 2
    Number 2 – Conversions between fractions, decimals, percentages, operations with fractions, and ordering numbers.
    Algebra 2 – Function machines, solving simple equations, sequences and inequalities.
  • Half Term 3
    Geometry 1 – Properties of 2D/ 3D shapes, perimeter, area, nets, surface area, volume.
    Statistics 1 – Representing data via pictograms, tally charts, bar charts, line graphs, pie charts. Averages from lists of data as well as frequency tables.
  • Half Term 4
    Number 3 – Rounding (decimal places and significant figures), estimation, powers, roots, ratio and proportion.
    Algebra 3 – Coordinates, plotting straight line graphs, properties of parallel and perpendicular lines.
  • Half Term 5
    Geometry 2 – Basic angle rules, angle rules inside parallel lines, constructions, loci, bearings and transformations.
    Statistics 2 – Probability, relative frequency, sample spaces, two way tables and distance time graphs.
  • Half Term 6
    Consolidation and revision, exams and feedback.

Year 9

The core foundation of maths will have been laid during years 7 and 8 so the content in year 9 will revisit the vast majority of the previous content with a view to extending the learning. New topics that will emerge as a result of that extension are some of the following.

  • Half Term 1
    Number 1 – Higher common factor, lowest common multiple, standard form and compound measures such as speed, distance, time and force, pressure area.
    Algebra 1 – Factorising quadratics and expanding double brackets. Multiplying and dividing algebraic fractions.
  • Half Term 2
    Number 2 – Calculations involving reverse percentages/ percentage change, recurring decimals, direct and inverse proportion.
    Algebra 2 – Solving higher order equations like quadratics using factorisation, completing the square or the quadratic formula.
    Rearranging formula and simultaneous equations.
  • Half Term 3
    Geometry 1 – Volumes of prisms and special 3D shapes, congruence, similarity, area and volume scale factor.
    Statistics 1 – Venn diagrams, velocity time graphs, stratified sampling and probability tree diagrams.
  • Half Term 4
    Geometry 2 – Interior and exterior angles, negative enlargements and constructions and loci.
    Algebra 3 – Plotting higher order graphs such as quadratics, cubics, reciprocals and exponentials.
  • Half Term 5
    Geometry 3 – Introduction to Pythagoras and trigonometry.
    Statistics 2 – Cumulative frequency, box plots and histograms.
  • Half Term 6
    Consolidation and revision, exams and feedback.

Year 10 (Key Stage 4)

The Year 10 mathematics curriculum continues to prepare students for their final mathematics GCSE. In Year 10 students will be placed on a higher or foundation route depending of prior achievement and suitability for each course. At the end of the course students will be given a numerical grade of 9 -1. The 9 is the top grade. The DFE states that a 4 would be equivalent to the old grade C and a 7 would be equivalent to the old grade A.

Note: the content covered may vary slightly from set to set according to ability and readiness for these topics, and whether a candidate is entered for the foundation or higher maths exam.

  • Half Term 1
    Number 1 – Standard form, fractional and negative indices, surds, limits of accuracy.
    Algebra 1 –nth term of a quadratic sequences, manipulate algebraic fractions, complete the square on quadratic
    expressions, algebraic proof.
  • Half Term 2
    Number 2 – Growth and decay, convert recurring decimals into fractions, direct and inverse proportion.
    Algebra 2 – Rearrange more complex formula, solve linear equations including complex fraction and extended
    to solving quadratic equations and fractions, solve simultaneous equations that involve quadratic functions,
    solve quadratic equations by completing the square and hence state the minimum or maximum point of a
    quadratic function.
  • Half Term 3
    Geometry 1 – Volume of prisms and special 3D shapes, volume and surface area of frustums, area and volume
    scale factor.
    Statistics 1 – Venn diagrams, velocity time graphs, stratified sampling and probability tree diagrams.
  • Half Term 4
    Geometry 2 –Circle theorems, Vectors, circle theorems proof.
    Algebra 3 – Represent regions on a graph by plotting a shading inequalities, graphs of other functions and
    equations, transformations of curves, equation of a circle.
  • Half Term 5
    Geometry 3 – Sine and cosine rule, Pythagoras and trigonometry in 3D.
    Statistics 2 – Cumulative frequency, box plots and histograms.
  • Half Term 6
    Consolidation and revision, exams and feedback.

Year 11 (Key Stage 4)

In Year 11 students will follow a personalised scheme of work depending on progress during Year 10. The schemes are designed to ensure students cover the most suitable topics depending on their learning needs and support maximum progress during year 11. From January, students will sit an in class, mock once a week, in lessons to develop exam technique and address gaps in learning. Worked solutions for in class mocks will be placed on goggle classroom to support revision at home. Staff will run weekly Year 11 revision sessions from September which students are encouraged to attend.


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