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Maths

Maths is a core subject and as such is studied by every student in the school from Year 7 to Year 11. Maths is an all embracing and pervading part of life, helping us to create, plan, organise and solve problems.

The department, therefore, has a responsibility to create an environment whereby students are encouraged and stimulated to develop a positive attitude towards mathematics and acquire the necessary concepts, skills and knowledge. 

Students are set by ability and are taught at the appropriate level. Lessons are organised into four parts, connection, activation, demonstration and consolidation. Students undertake various assessments each half term so that we can accurately monitor their progress.

We begin our Key Stage 4 studies in Year 9. Students are set by ability having completed their options at the end of Year 8.  Students follow a linear GCSE in mathematics with the aim to complete the course in a final exam in the summer of Year 11. The course has two tiers of entry and students are assessed on ability regularly and entered for the appropriate syllabus and tier. The two tiers are:

  • Foundation grades - 5 -1
  • Higher grades – 9-4
My favourite part of maths is having the opportunity to problem-solve. It can often be challenging but is so rewarding.
Year 11 student

Year 10

Brief overview of expected learning and outcomes during this year

Students continue their studies through the GCSE curriculum and build upon the knowledge and skills in Year 9, in topics seen from Year 7 and 8.

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 into all topics with both familiar and unfamiliar contexts.

List of topics taught

  • Ratio
  • Probability
  • Cumulative frequency
  • Quadratic equations  
  • Area and volume
  • Linear graphs
  • Constructions
  • Simultaneous equations
  • Circle theorems
  • Graphs of other functions
  • Non-right-angled trigonometry 

Year 11

Brief overview of expected learning and outcomes during this year

Students continue their studies through the GCSE curriculum and build upon the knowledge and skills studied in Years 9 and 10.

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 and full mock papers as we prepare in greater depth for the examinations in the summer term.

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 into all topics with both familiar and unfamiliar contexts.

List of topics taught

  • Non-right-angled trigonometry
  • Quadratic equations  
  • Linear and quadratic graphs
  • Cumulative frequency
  • Circle theorems
  • Simultaneous equations
  • Functions and algebraic proof
  • Vectors

Year 7

Brief overview of expected learning and outcomes during this year

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

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

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.

List of topics taught

  • Number and calculations
  • Factors and multiples
  • Area and volume
  • Charts and averages
  • Fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Expressions
  • Shapes and angles
  • Ratio
  • Equations
  • Sequences
  • Graphs  

Year 8

Brief overview of expected learning and outcomes during this year

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 all topic areas.

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 into all topics.

List of topics taught

  • Area and volume
  • Expressions
  • Fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Probability
  • Equations
  • Shapes and angles
  • Ratio
  • Pythagoras and trigonometry
  • Graphs
  • Sequences
  • Charts and averages
  • Transformations

Year 9

Brief overview of expected learning and outcomes during this year

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 as we begin our study through the GCSE curriculum.

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 into all topics with both familiar and unfamiliar contexts.

List of topics taught

  • Factors and multiples
  • Number and calculations
  • Expressions
  • Linear equations
  • Charts and averages
  • Area and volume
  • Fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Ratio
  • Shapes and angles
  • Pythagoras and surds
  • Trigonometry
  • Probability