Mathematics

Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.

KS3 Mathematics – Curriculum Overview

Through the mathematics content, pupils will be taught to: Develop fluency: Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time. Reason mathematically: Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language. Solve problems: Solve problems by applying mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions. During year 7 the aim is to become secure or mastered in the foundations of the content. During year 8 the aim is to become secure or mastered in extending their previous knowledge at a higher level in order to answer more complex and higher level problem solving questions.


Topics / Areas of Study

Year 7

  • – Numbers and the number system – Properties of shape – Equations, formulae, identities and expressions – Calculating – Area, perimeter and volume – Presenting and interpreting data – Assessing risk
  • – Visualizing and Construction – Proportional reasoning – Calculating – Sequences – Exploring fractions, decimals and percentages – Measuring Data – Angles
  • – Equations, formulae, identities and expressions – Transformations and coordinates – Functions and graphs – Calculating with fractions, decimals and percentages – Measuring space

Year 8

  • – Numbers and the number system – Properties of shape – Equations, formulae, identities and expressions – Calculating – Area, perimeter and volume – Presenting and interpreting data – Assessing risk
  • – Visualizing and Construction – Proportional reasoning – Calculating – Sequences – Exploring fractions, decimals and percentages – Measuring Data – Angles
  • – Equations, formulae, identities and expressions – Transformations and coordinates – Functions and graphs – Calculating with fractions, decimals and percentages – Measuring space – Simultaneous Equations – Pythagoras’ Theorem

KS4 Mathematics – Curriculum Overview

Maths is diverse, engaging and essential in equipping pupils with the right skills to reach their future destination, whatever that may be. At Key Stage 4 we currently follow the AQA 8300 specification and aim for all pupils:

  • To develop the confidence to use mathematics to tackle problems in the work place and everyday life;
  • To develop an ability to think and reason mathematically;
  • To realise the application of mathematics in the world around us;
  • To develop a firm foundation for appropriate further study.
  • To engage with, explore, enjoy and succeed in maths.

Pupils will learn through a range of activities, both practical and theoretical, which cover the whole content of the course.  These activities help to develop an understanding of mathematics and give an opportunity for pupils to demonstrate their ability to use and apply mathematics.

GCSE Mathematics has a Foundation tier (grades 1 – 5) and a Higher tier (grades 4 – 9). Each assessment consists of a mix of question styles, from short, single-mark questions to multi-step problems.  The mathematical demand increases as a pupil progresses through the paper.  All content can be assessed on any of the three question papers. As such, some questions will draw together elements of maths from different topic areas.


Year 9

  • Foundation: Integers, place value and decimals Indices, powers and roots Algebra: Expressions and substitution into formula Tables, charts and graph, pie charts, scatter graphs Fractions, decimals and Percentages Equations and inequalities Sequences
    Higher: Indices, roots reciprocals and hierarchy of operations Factors, multiples, primes, standard form and surds Algebra Sequences Averages and range Representing and interpreting data and scatter graphs Fractions, Percentages, ratio and proportion Ratio and proportion
  • Foundation: Properties of shapes, parallel lines and angle facts Interior and exterior angles of polygons Statistics, sampling and the averages Perimeter, area and volumes Real-life graphs Straight line graphs
    Higher: Polygons, angles and parallel lines Pythagoras’ Theorem and trigonometry Graphs, the basics and real-life graphs Linear graphs and coordinate geometry Quadratic, cubic and other graphs Perimeter, area and circles
  • Foundation: Transformations Investigational work Problem solving Consolidation of Year 9
    Higher: 3D forms and volume, cylinders, cones and spheres Accuracy and bounds Transformations Constructions, loci and bearings Solving quadratics and simultaneous equations Inequalities Consolidation of Year 9

Year 10 & 11

  • Foundation: Ratio Proportion Right-angled triangles: Pythagoras and Trigonometry Probability Higher: Probability Multiplicative reasoning Similarity and congruence in 2D and 3D shapes Graphs of trigonometric functions
  • Foundation: Multiplicative reasoning Plans and Elevations Constructions, Loci and Bearings Quadratic equations: expanding and factorising Quadratic equations: graphs Higher: Further Trigonometry Collecting Data Cumulative frequency, box plots and histograms Quadratics, expanding more than two brackets, sketching graphs, graphs of circles, cubes and quadratics
  • Foundation: Perimeter, area and volume 2: circles, cylinders, cones and spheres Fractions Indices and standard form Consolidation of Year 9 and 10 Higher: Circle theorems Changing the subject and algebraic fractions Rationalising surds and proof Consolidation of Year 9 and 10
  • Foundation: Similarity and congruence in 2D Vectors Rearranging equations, graphs of cubic and reciprocal functions and simultaneous equations Higher: Vectors and geometric proof Reciprocal and exponential graphs; Gradient and area under graphs Direct and inverse proportion
  • Revision and Exam Preparation