Mathematics

At Venerable Bede CE Academy, we strive towards shaping confident, happy and resilient mathematicians who relish a challenge. We intend for all pupils to become independent, reflective thinkers, whose skills not only help them in Maths but also support them across the curriculum. Mathematics is essential to all aspects of life and, with this in mind; we aim to ensure that our pupils develop a positive and enthusiastic attitude that will stay with them throughout their life. Our DEEP curriculum intends to equip pupils with a dynamic set of tools to help them understand and change the world. These tools include making connections, logical reasoning, and the ability to think in abstract ways. Our ultimate aim is for our pupils to achieve to the best of their ability. For our pupils to be confident mathematicians in our subject, across the wider curriculum and also in their day-to-day lives.


DEEP Curriculum Overview

Through our DEEP Mathematics curriculum, all pupils will learn:

  • To become fluent in the fundamentals of Mathematics through varied and frequent practice of increasingly complex problems over time.
  • To develop an ability to think and reason mathematically;
  • To 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.
  • 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 Mathematics.

Topics / Areas of Study

Year 7

Autumn Term

  • Develop skills in application of number and the number system
  • Develop fluency in calculating, checking, and approximating
  • Develop fluency in geometry including visualising and construction.
  • Investigate properties of shapes.  place value and proportion

Spring Term

  • Develop fluency in algebraic thinking
  • Explore fractions, decimals, and percentages
  • Proportional reasoning
  • Investigate patterns and sequences
  • Develop knowledge and understanding of units of measurement

Summer Term

  • Develop geometrical fluency
  • Calculating with fractions, decimals, and percentages
  • Develop algebraic techniques including brackets, equations, inequalities, and indices
  • Develop skills in calculating space
  • Investigate with geometry including rotation and translation
  • Develop fluency in statistics 

Year 8

Autumn Term

  • Developing number fluency including standard index form
  • Further develop fluency in geometry including visualising and construction.
  • Develop fluency in probability
  • Use, interpret and manipulate algebraic notation 

Spring Term

  • Reasoning and problem solving with fractions, decimals, and percentages
  • Reasoning with number including using percentages and money
  • Solving problems with proportion including ratio, enlargement, and similarity
  • Solving problems involving patterns and sequences
  • Developing geometry including angles in parallel lines and polygons; area of a trapezia and circles and line symmetry
  • Reasoning with algebra including straight line graphs, forming, and solving equations and testing conjectures

Summer Term

  • Reasoning and solving problems involving calculating space
  • Reasoning with algebra including straight line graphs, forming, and solving equations and testing conjectures
  • Reasoning with statistics including solving problems using graphs, tables and algebra
  • Reasoning with data including The Data Handling Cycle and measures of location and dispersion
  • Reasoning with geometry including rotation and translation and Pythagoras’ Theorem

Year 9 Higher Tier

Autumn Term

  • Calculations, checking and rounding
  • Indices, roots reciprocals and hierarchy of operations
  • Factors, multiples, primes, standard form and surds
  • Algebra the basics including, substitution, brackets, simple factorising, equations, formulae and sequences
  • Averages, range and statistical diagrams
  • Fractions, Percentages, ratio and proportion
  • Polygons, angles and parallel lines

Spring Term

  • Pythagoras’ Theorem and trigonometry
  • Graphs, the basics and real-life graphs
  • Linear, quadratic, cubic and other graphs
  • Perimeter, area and circles

Summer Term

  • 3D forms and volume, cylinders, cones and spheres
  • Accuracy and bounds
  • Transformations
  • Constructions, loci and bearings
  • Solving quadratics and simultaneous equations
  • Inequalities

Year 9 Foundation Tier

Autumn Term

  • Integers, place value and decimals
  • Factors, multiples and primes
  • Algebra: The basics, expressions and substitution into formula
  • Tables, charts and graphs, pie charts and scatter graphs
  • Fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Equations, inequalities and sequences

Spring Term

  • Properties of shapes, parallel lines and angle facts including interior and exterior angles of polygons
  • Statistics, sampling and the averages
  • Perimeter, area and volumes
  • Real-life graphs and straight line graphs

Summer Term

  • Transformations
  • Revisit Autumn and Spring topics for consolidation and address any misconceptions

Year 10 Higher Tier

Autumn Term

  • Probability
  • Multiplicative reasoning including compound measures
  • Similarity and congruence in 2D and 3D shapes
  • Revisit: Transformations; Revisit Pythagoras and trigonometry including 3D; Indices, roots reciprocals; Factors, multiples, primes, standard form and surds; algebra the basics

Spring Term

  • Further Trigonometry: Sine, Cosine Rules and area of a triangle
  • Graphs of trigonometric functions
  • Cumulative frequency, box plots and histograms
  • Quadratics, expanding more than two brackets, sketching graphs, graphs of circles, cubes and quadratics
  • Revisit: Quadratic, Cubic, reciprocal graphs; angles

Summer Term

  • Circle theorems and circle geometry  
  • Changing the subject of formulae (more complex), algebraic fractions, solving equations arising from algebraic fractions, rationalising surds, proof
  • Revisit: Probability rules and Tree diagrams; Sectors, cylinders, sphere’s, pyramids, cones; accuracy and bounds; fractions, percentages, ratio & proportion; Sine, Cosine Rules and area of a triangle

Year 10 Foundation Tier

Autumn Term

  • Ratio and proportion
  • Right-angled triangles: Pythagoras and trigonometry
  • Probability
  • Multiplicative reasoning including compound measures
  • Revisit: Number fluency; angle facts; the averages; percentages

Spring term

  • Plans and Elevations
  • Constructions, Loci and Bearings
  • Quadratic equations: expanding and factorising  
  • Quadratic equations: graphs    
  • Revisit: Representing data, pie charts, scatter graphs; perimeter, area and volumes

Summer Term

  • Perimeter, area and volume: circles, cylinders, cones and spheres
  • Fractions
  • Indices and standard form  
  • Revisit: Transformations; Pythagoras and trigonometry; probability                      

Year 11 Higher Tier

Autumn Term

  • Vectors and geometric proof                      
  • Reciprocal and exponential graphs; Gradient and area under graphs
  • Direct and inverse proportion
  • Revisit many topics throughout term to consolidate and address misconceptions

Spring and Summer Term: Revision and exam preparation

Year 11 Foundation Tier

Autumn Term

  • Similarity and congruence in 2D
  • Vectors
  • Rearranging equations, graphs of cubic and reciprocal functions
  • Simultaneous equations
  • Revisit many topics throughout term to consolidate and address misconceptions

Spring and Summer Term: Revision and exam preparation