Mathematics

Curriculum Intent

All pupils: 
  • are able to enjoy mathematics
  • are able to make outstanding progress
  • have high expectations and believe that by working hard they can succeed
  • have a conceptual and procedural mathematical knowledge that is deep and connected
  • can comprehend, interpret and communicate mathematical information
  • can move freely between different numerical, algebraic, graphical and diagrammatic representations
  • can identify and use appropriate mathematical techniques to solve increasingly complex problems
  • have additional opportunities to pursue mathematical interests
  • have a strong mathematical foundation for further academic or vocational study and for employment

Key Stage 3

In Year 7 you will begin to make connections and interleave your Key Stage 2 knowledge. Topics include numerical equivalence, algebraic notation, patterns and sequences, solving, numerical reasoning, fractional thinking and geometric notation and reasoning.

In Year 8 topics include indices and primes, fractional and proportional relationships, algebraic equivalence, geometrical reasoning.

In year 9 topics include graphical thinking, algebraic inequalities and relationships, geometrical transformations and constructions, probability, surds, Pythagoras and trigonometry.

As well as regular formative assessment, you will complete a summative assessment each term. These assessments will inform set changes. After an assessment you will receive bespoke targets based on areas of weakness identified by the assessment. It is very important that you prepare as well as possible for each assessment so that we get a true reflection of what you are capable of and how we can help you to make progress.

Homework will be set on HegartyMaths, where you will be required to demonstrate your understanding and practice. You can access videos and building blocks to support your homework and you should do this in the first instance if you are struggling. You should write down your working out and bring it to a support session after you have watched the video and completed the building blocks.

Key Stage 4

GCSE Mathematics will help you to prepare for a world filled with problem solving; many occupations require you to have a good qualification in this subject. During key stage 4 you will study the Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Mathematics course which fully covers all the topics within each of the main curriculum areas:

  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Geometry and Measure Ratio
  • Proportion and Rates of Change
  • Probability and Statistics

You will begin to study either foundation tier or higher tier based on your performance in mathematics in years 7, 8 and 9. Any student excelling on the foundation tier will be accelerated to study topics on their higher tier. You will sit either the Foundation (Grades 1-5) or Higher (Grades 4-9) paper at the end of Year 11.

Homework will be set on HegartyMaths, where you will be required to demonstrate your understanding and practice. You can access videos and building blocks to support your homework. You should write down your working out and bring it to support sessions if you are struggling. As you begin to revise, you should attempt FixUp5 tasks to fill any knowledge gaps identified in mock exams and test your recall of previously successful topics by completing MemRi tasks. You will be set additional exam based practice in year 11.

Key Stage 4 Revision Video

Mr M Staal

Curriculum Leader

Miss V Smith

Second in department

Mr C Kessie

Second in department

Mr M Smith

Exam specifications

What Career?

Mathematics is used EVERYWHERE and the easiest answer to “where can maths take me?” is “anywhere you want!”
A

Accountancy

A

Aerospace & Defence

A

Automotive

A

Biosciences

A

Business support services

A

Chemicals

A

Construction

A

Consultancies

A

Education

A

Engineering

A

Environment

A

Exploration Geophysics

A

Financial Services

A

Food & Drink

A

Government

A

Healthcare

A

Insurance

A

IT & Computing

A

Media

A

Metals & Minerals

A

Operational Research

A

Pharmaceuticals

A

Recruitment

A

Academic Research

A

Science

A

Telecoms

A

Transport/Travel

Useful Websites