Mathematics 

Why do we study Mathematics?

Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline. It is not only essential to many areas of everyday life, it is also integral to many other subjects, such as; science, technology, engineering and business. Mathematics is also a vital skill for financial literacy and plays an important part in many employment roles. Therefore, a high-quality Mathematics education is essential for all.

We aim to provide a programme of study that; builds confidence in mathematical process and understanding; enables mathematical reasoning; ignites a curiosity to want to go on to explore Mathematics to a higher level and to use it boldly in future careers.

While the programme of study is presented as distinct units, they very much inter-link and relate to one-another at many levels. Students are shown how to identify those relationships and how to work seamlessly between topics. This is achieved by using regular multi-step problem solving questions that may present as one specific topic yet proceed into needing disciplines from other units along the way.

At Key Stage 3, students build upon key concepts that they have already experienced in Key Stage 2, with a couple of ‘new’ concepts added to their repertoire. Key Stage 4 will take this one step further, preparing them not only for the demands of the GCSE examinations, but also for everyday life.

Year 7 

Learning Outcomes

Students build upon their knowledge of mathematics from their Key Stage 2 studies by facing ever more complex problems and learning the strategies needed to solve them.

Year 7 will begin with a transition task which is used to determine how fluent pupils are with the key skills they have already acquired.

Building upon core methods, the development of fluency, reasoning and problem solving is structured into every topic area; students will have the opportunity to solve problems in the majority of lessons.

The demand on clear written methods and good number skills stay from primary school but there is an ever increasing use of calculators to help solve problems and greater introduction of algebra throughout the year into all topics.

Topics Taught

Autumn Term

• Transition
• Algebraic expressions
• Fractions
• Sequences
• 2D Shapes

Spring Term

• Decimals
• Presenting & interpreting data
• Solving equations

Summer Term

• Percentages
• Probability
• Angles
• Enrichment activities

Year 8 

Learning Outcomes

Students continue to build upon their knowledge of all areas of Mathematics from their work in Year 7 by facing more demanding strategies to solve problems in the topics stated below.

Building upon core methods, the development of fluency, reasoning and problem solving is again structured into every topic area.

Clear written methods and good number skills are expected in every topic and students are expected to be able to link different areas of the subject to help solve problems with algebra now embedded throughout all topics.

Topics Taught

Autumn Term

• Pythagoras
• Transformations
• Algebraic graphs
• Trigonometry (higher sets only)
• Functional Skills (lower sets only)

Spring Term

• Constructions
• Inequalities
• 3D Shapes

Summer Term

• Ratio & Proportion
• Indices
• Measures
• Enrichment activities

Year 9

Learning Outcomes

Students continue to build upon their knowledge of all areas of mathematics from their work in Year 8 by facing more demanding strategies to solve problems in all topic areas.

Building upon core methods, the development of fluency, reasoning and problem solving is again structured into every topic area and all topics are assessed by GCSE style questions.

Clear written methods and good number skills are expected in every topic and students are expected to be able to link different areas of the subject to help solve problems with algebra now embedded throughout all topics with both familiar and unfamiliar contexts.

During the year students will have experience of meeting more challenging exam style work in anticipation of heading towards their examinations.

The end of the year gives students the opportunity to transfer their skills and knowledge to real-life financial scenarios, which will help to equip them for life after school (e.g. savings, loans, taxation and budgeting).

Topics Taught

Autumn Term

• Fractions & Decimals
• Algebraic Expressions
• Angles
• Handling Data

Spring Term

• Percentages
• 2D Shapes
• Equations and Graphs

Summer Term

• Number
• Transformations
• Formulae
• Finance

Year 10

Exam Specification

Learning Outcomes

Students continue their studies through the GCSE curriculum and build upon the knowledge and skills developed to date.

Building upon core methods, the development of fluency, reasoning and problem solving is again structured into every topic area and all topics are again assessed by GCSE style questions.

Clear written methods and good number skills are expected in every topic and students are expected to be able to link different areas of the subject to help solve problems with algebra now embedded throughout all topics with both familiar and unfamiliar contexts.

Students will work towards either the Foundation or Higher tier; the decision will be based upon the performance over the last three years, which could change depending upon the level of progress being made.

Topics Taught

Higher Grades 4-9

Autumn Term

• Ratio & proportion
• Probability
• Formula & sequences
• Pythagoras & trigonometry

Spring Term

• Handling data
• 3D Shapes
• Algebraic graphs

Summer Term

• Inequalities
• Loci & constructions
• Enrichment

Foundation Grades 1-5

Autumn Term

• Percentages
• Presenting data
• 3D Shapes
• Sequences

Spring Term

• Ratio & proportion
• Algebraic graphs

Summer Term

• Measure
• Inequalities
• Powers & roots

Year 11

Exam Specification

Learning Outcomes

Students continue their studies of the GCSE curriculum and build upon the knowledge and skills studied across all years to date.

Building upon core methods, the development of fluency, reasoning and problem solving is again structured into every topic area and all topics are again assessed by GCSE style questions.

Past exam papers are utilised to identify students’ strengths and areas for development; this is used to tailor their future revision lessons.

Students will see more and more how the different topics are inter-linked and develop the skills needed to move seamlessly between the topics within a larger problem solving scenario.

Topics Taught

Higher Grades 4-9

Autumn Term

• Similar shapes
• Further factorising
• Further Trigonometry

Spring Term

• Quadratic equations
• Further simultaneous equations
• Vectors
• Transformation of functions

Summer Term

• Tailored revision, intervention and practice exams.

Foundation Grades 1-5

Autumn Term

• Pythagoras & Trigonometry
• Probability
• Constructions & loci

Spring Term

• Simultaneous equations
• Vectors

Summer Term

• Tailored revision, intervention and practice exams.