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Subject: Mathematics


Mathematics contributes to the school curriculum by developing students’ abilities to solve problems, to calculate, to reason logically, algebraically, and geometrically and to make sense of data. Mathematics is important for students in many other areas of study, particularly Science and Technology. It is also important in everyday life, in many forms of employment and in decision-making.

As a subject in its own right, Mathematics presents frequent opportunities for creativity. It can stimulate moments of pleasure and wonder; especially when problems are solved or when more elegant solutions to problems are discovered. Mathematics is one means of making knowledge useful.

We want all our students to become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, to be able to reason mathematically and to solve problems by applying their mathematical understanding to a variety of problems.

Within the Mathematics department, we aim to set challenging targets with high expectations for all students. We strongly believe in the importance of offering a variety of different approaches to teaching and learning to help motivate students. We will always look to ensure that the students are actively participating and enjoying mathematics.

Mathematics is usually taught in ability sets: this means the more able children will be stretched, while children who struggle with Mathematics will take things more slowly, and be given more support. In KS3 your child will find some of the work similar to primary school, but it will be more challenging and the children are expected to be working more independently. With all the topics the children will be studying, they’ll be developing ‘mathematical process’ skills, which include reasoning, analysis and evaluation.
At Key Stage 4 our students follow the new Edexcel GCSE course.  This is examined with three papers at the end of Year 11.  Each paper is 1 hour and 30 minutes long, paper 1 is non-calculator and papers 2 and 3 are calculator.

Key Stage 3 Overview

Year 7





1: Using Number

2: Sequences

3: Perimeter, Area  and Volume

4: Decimal Numbers

5: Working With Numbers

6: Statistics


Test at end of every half term.

7: Using Algebra

8: Fractions

9: Angles

10: Coordinates and Graphs

11: Percentages

12: Probability


Test at end of every half term.

13: Symmetry

14: Equations

15: Interpreting Data

16: 3D Shapes

17: Ratio


Test at end of every half term.

Year 8





1: Working With Numbers

2: Geometry

3: Probability

4: Percentages

5: Sequences

6: Basic Area


Test at end of every half term.

6: Area

7: Graphs

8: Simplifying Numbers

9: Interpreting Data

10: Algebra

11: Congruence and Scaling


Test at end of every half term.

12: Fractions and Decimals

13: Proportion

14: Circles

·15: Equations and Formulae

16: Comparing Data


End of year exam.

Useful websites/resources

Collins Maths Frameworking Text Books

Maths Watch

IXL Maths:

CGP KS3 Revision Books:


Maths is Fun:




Key Stage 4 Overview

Exam Board


Qualification type

GCSE 9-1


There is no coursework.

The exam is linear and has three papers (two calculator papers and one non- calculator paper) taken at the end of the three year course. Each paper will be 1 hr 30 minutes long and consists of 80 marks each. About a third of the marks for each paper are based on the functionality of mathematics.

There are two tiers of entry Higher and Foundation.

All students will be taught skills in Number, Algebra, Ratio, proportion, rates of change, Geometry and Statistics and probability. Students are taught to solve familiar and unfamiliar problems in a range of numerical, algebraic and graphical contexts and in open-ended and closed form. They will use standard notations for decimals, fractions, percentages, ratios and indices. Students will learn how to choose appropriate ICT tools and use these to solve numerical and graphical problems, to represent and manipulate geometrical configurations and to present and analyse data.

A key element of GCSE Mathematics exams are the functionality of Mathematics or the ability to relate Mathematics to real life situations. Students will need to be able to translate problems in mathematical and non- mathematical context, make use of connections between different parts of Mathematics, interpret results, and evaluate methods to identify the most efficient method.

Year 9





1: Number: Basic number

2: Geometry and measures: Measures and scale drawings

3: Statistics: Charts, tables and averages

4: Geometry and measures: Angles

5: Number: Number properties

6: Number: Approximations


1: Number: Basic number

2: Fractions, ratio and proportion

3: Statistical diagrams and averages

4: Number and sequences

5: Ratio and proportion

6: Angles


Higher in italic

Test at end of every half term.

7: Number: Decimals and fractions

8: Algebra: Linear graphs

9: Algebra: Expressions and formulae

10: Ratio and proportion and rates of change: Ratio, speed and proportion.


7: Transformations, constructions and loci

8: Algebraic manipulation

9: Length Area and Volume

10: Linear graphs


Higher in italic

Test at end of every half term.

11: Geometry and measures: Perimeter and area

12: Geometry and measures: Transformations

13: Probability: Probability and events

14: Geometry and measures: Volumes and surface areas of prisms


11: Right angled triangles

12: Similarity

13: Exploring and applying probability

14: Powers and standard form


Higher in italic

End of year exam.


Year 10







15: Algebra: Linear equations

16: Ratio and proportion and rates of change: Percentages and compound measures

17: Ratio and proportion and rates of change: Percentages and variation

18: Statistics: Representation and interpretation

19: Geometry and measures: Constructions and loci


14: Powers and Standard Form

15: Equations and inequalities

16: Counting, accuracy, powers and surds

16: Counting, accuracy, powers and surds

17: Quadratic equations

18:  Sampling and more complex


Higher in italic

Test at end of every half term.

20: Geometry and measures: Curved shapes and pyramids

21: Algebra: Number and sequences

22: Geometry and measures: Right-angled triangles

22: Geometry and measures: Right-angled triangles

23: Geometry and measures: Congruency and similarity

24: Probability: Combined events


19: Combined events

20: Properties of circles

21: Variation

22: Triangles

23: Graphs


Higher in italic

Test at end of every half term.

24: Probability: Combined events

25: Number: Powers and standard form

26: Algebra: Simultaneous equations and linear inequalities

27: Algebra: Non-linear graphs



24: Algebraic fractions and functions

25: Vectors


Higher in italic

End of Year exam.

Year 11







  • Groundwork -  Number
  • Groundwork - Algebra
  • Groundwork -  Geometry
  • Groundwork - Statistics
  • Preparation for GCSE exams 

Useful websites/resources

There are several reasons the MathsWatch resource works as the best Mathematics revision aid on the market today. It revises every single topic just like a teacher would, at the board. Every clip has real exam questions for students to do - because we all know that to be good at Mathematics, a student has to do it, not just watch it. Username and password can be obtained the class teacher.

Videos, practise questions, Mathematics mistakes, conundrums, and of the course world famous 5-a-day. What a website!

Videos, practise questions, maths mistakes, conundrums, and of the course world famous 5-a-day.

Maths Genie is a free GCSE and A Level Maths revision guide and resource bank for students and teachers. The revision resources include revision notes and video explanations of GCSE and A Level topics. Exam questions and model answers for GCSE Mathematics and A Level Mathematics are organised by topic and as full exam papers.

Here you will find some fantastic resources which are constantly being updated.

Exam paper, resources and information relating to the new GCSE Mathematics specification from Pearson Edexcel

Recommended revision guide

The Grade 9-1 GCSE Maths Range - CGP Books

Revise Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Mathematics Higher/Foundation Revision Guide  

GCSE Maths Edexcel Revision Guide 

KS3 Maths Edexcel Revision Guide