Our department is committed to supporting and encouraging our pupils to become confident mathematical learners.  We believe enjoyment and involvement are the keys to success. 

In the Maths department we believe:

  • Mathematics is inclusive, all pupils are valued
  • Successful learning comes from 100% effort
  • Learning from mistakes builds confidence
  • Responsible learners help each other

Learning together we will develop a community of:

  •  Calm, enthusiastic and confident learners
  •  Tolerant individuals who will achieve great things

What will I study?

In KS3, all pupils study maths for 7 lessons per fortnight. The KS3 curriculum has undergone changes recently to embed vital skills now needed for the new GCSE curriculum. For KS3 there are three tiers of learning that can be used: Pi, Theta or Delta. Pi provides a flight path to foundation level at GCSE.  Theta and Delta provide a flight path to either foundation or higher tiers at GCSE. Tiers of work are chosen to be appropriate for the ability range of the group.

Pupils regularly complete peer and self-evaluations in class which gives them a clear understanding of their next steps. Teachers provide feedback every 8 lessons and this is done through practical assessment, linked to Doddle skills and closing the gap work completed in books.

Homework is set once a week by the class’s main teacher. Homework can be either a written task or tasks set on Doddle. Pupils will be informed in class by their teacher of this and this is then recorded for reference on Show my Homework.

KS3 assessment and reporting is collated through our online platform, Doddle. Each KS3 group will have a Doddle lesson once a fortnight, this is used for baseline, closing the gap and end of unit assessments for each topic. These combined with formal written termly papers will go together to form a pupil’s overall progress data. The formal written papers will be either a calculator or non-calculator paper in year 7 (year 8 have both papers). A revision list will be issued on Show My Homework for each written paper.

At KS4, Year 9 study maths for 7 lessons a fortnight, Year 10, 9 lessons and Year 11, 8 lessons.  All KS4 pupils study the Edexcel specification. This scheme of work is based upon an eight-term model over three years for both Foundation and Higher tier students.  The scheme of work is broken up into two tiers, and then into units and sub-units, so that there is greater flexibility for moving topics around to meet pupils needs.

It is a linear examination and the pupils will sit 3 papers in the summer of Year 11; one non-calculator paper and two calculator papers.

Homework is set once a week by the class’s main teacher. Homework can be either a written task or tasks set on Doddle/ Mathswatch. Pupils will be informed in class by their teacher of their homework and this is then recorded for reference on Show my Homework.

Curriculum

Pi: Analysing and displaying data, calculations, expressions, functions and formulae, graphs, factors and multiples, decimals and measures, angles and lines, measuring and shapes, fractions, decimals and percentages and transformations.

Theta: Analysing and displaying data, number skills, expressions, functions and formulae, decimals and measures, fractions, probability, ratio and proportion, lines and angles, sequences and graphs and transformations.

Delta: Analysing and displaying data, number skills, equations, functions and formulae, fractions, angles and shapes, decimals, equations, multiplicative reasoning, perimeter, area and volume, sequences and graphs.

Pi: Number properties and calculations, shapes and measures in 3D, statistics, expressions and equations, decimal calculations, angles, number properties, sequences, fractions and percentages and probability.

Theta: Number, area and volume, expressions and equations, real-life graphs, decimals and ratio, lines and angles, calculating with fractions, straight line graphs, percentages, decimals and fractions, statistics; graphs and charts.

Delta: Fractions and powers, working with powers, 2D shapes and 3D solids, real-life graphs, transformations, fractions, decimals and percentages, constructions and loci, probability, scale drawings and measures and graphs

Foundation:

Term 1 – Number; place value, integers, decimals, powers and roots.  Algebra; the basics, expanding and factorising brackets, formulae.

Term 2 – Statistics; tables, graphs. Fractions, decimals and percentages.

Term 3 – Algebra; equations, inequalities and sequences. Shape; angles, polygons. Statistics; sampling and averages.

Higher:

Term 1 - Number; place value, integers, decimals, powers, roots, surds and standard form.    Algebra; the basics, expanding and factorising brackets, formulae, sequences.

Term 2 – Statistics; tables, graphs. Fractions, decimals and percentages. Ratio and proportion.

Term 3 – Shape; angles, polygons, Pythagoras’ Theorem and trigonometry.  Graphs; the basics and real life graphs.  Linear and coordinate geometry.  Quadratic, reciprocal, cubic, exponential graphs.

Foundation:

Term 1 – Shape; area, perimeter and volume. Graphs; real life and straight line graphs.

Term 2 – Transformations; reflections, rotations, translations and enlargements.  Number; ratio and proportion. Pythagoras and Trigonometry.

Term 3 – Probability; the basics and Venn diagrams.  Constructions; plans and elevations, loci and bearings.

Higher:

Term 1 – Shape; area, perimeter and volume.  Circles, cylinders, cones and spheres.  Transformations, constructions, loci and bearing.  Number; accuracy and bounds.

Term 2 – Algebra; quadratic, simultaneous equations and inequalities.  Probability. Shape; Similarity and congruence 2D/3D.

Term 3 – Graphs of trigonometric functions and further trigonometry.  Statistics; data collections, cumulative, box plots and histograms.

Foundation:

Term 1 – Algebra; Quadratic equations, expanding, factorising and quadratic graphs.  Shape; circles, cylinders, cones and spheres.  Number; fractions and reciprocals, indices and standard form.

Term 2 – Shape; similarity, congruence and vectors.  Algebra; rearranging equations, graphs of cubic functions, reciprocal functions and simultaneous equations.  REVISION

Term 3 - REVISION

Higher:

Term 1 – Algebra; quadratics expanding more than two brackets, circle functions and cubes. Shape; circle theorems and circle geometry. Algebra; Changing the subject of formulae (more complex), algebraic fractions, solving equations arising from algebraic fractions, rationalising surds, proof.

Term 2 – Shape; vectors and geometric proof. Reciprocal and exponential graphs, gradient under a curve.  Number; direct and inverse proportion.  REVISION

Term 3 - REVISION


For more information regarding the Mathematics Curriculum please contact the Head of Department via our contact form