Teaching & Learning

Mathematics

An intelligent mind acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.

Proverbs 18:15

curriculum intent 

All students in the Mathematics department should have a right to follow a curriculum and receive teaching that is appropriate to their mathematical ability and their needs. As a Department our aim is to ensure that learners acquire, develop and gain the following: 

  • Become critical thinkers and understand key concepts to help solve problems in unfamiliar situations.
  • Are suitably challenged to achieve the best grade possible.
  • Feel inspired by teachers who cultivate a passion for Maths in lessons.
  • Have opportunities to develop their skills.
  • Have high self-esteem, aspirations and develop a love of Mathematics.
  • Are motivated to achieve their best in every Maths lesson.
  • Understand that learning in Mathematics contributes to personal development.
  • Use methods of investigation to solve problems in a disciplined way.
  • Appreciate the contribution Maths makes to society and realise that applying Mathematics can lead to moral and ethical issues having to be addressed.
  • Appreciate the powerful, but provisional nature of Mathematics knowledge and explanation.
  • Are being catered for in a range of different ways according to their age, ability and social needs.
curriculum overview: matematics

 

Year 7 

Year 8 

Year 9 

Year 10 

Year 11 

Year 12 

Year 13 

HT1 

Place Value, the four operations 

 

 

Indices, Multiples, Factors, primes, negative numbers, rounding. 

Arithmetic, Powers, Fractions, decimals and percentages. 

F: Rounding and error intervals, percentages and ratio. 

H: Surds and indices, quadratics and graphs.  

F: Multiples and factors, algebra, solving equations. 

Pure:  

Algebraic Expressions, Quadratics, Equations and Inequalities 

 

Applied: Data Collection, Measures of Location and Spread, Representation of data, 

Pure: Algebraic fractions, algebraic division, Functions and graphs.  

 

Applied: Regression, correlation and hypothesis testing 

HT2 

Perimeter, Area and units, Angles and 2D shapes 

 

 

Length and area, 3D shapes, Compound measures 

Algebraic Manipulation, Co-ordinates and graphs. 

F: Perimeter, Area and Volume 

H: Arcs and sectors, circle theorems 

F: Indices and standard form, right angled triangles.   

Pure: Quadratics, Straight Line graphs, Circles 

 

Applied: Correlation, Probability 

Pure: Sequences and series, binomial expansion, Radians 

 

Applied: Conditional probability and the Normal distribution 

HT3 

Fractions, Decimals and Percentages 

 

 

Fractions and Probability 

2D and 3D Shapes 

F: Angles, bearings and transformations. 

H: Similarity and congruence, transformations, probability.   

Revision 

Pure: Algebraic Methods, Differentiation 

 

Applied: Binomial distribution, probability distributions, hypothesis testing.  

Pure, Trignometric functions, Trigonometry and modelling 

 

Applied: Moments, Forces and Friction 

HT4 

Algebra, Co-ordinates and graphs 

 

 

Algebraic manipulation and solving equations.  

Solving equations and sequences.  

F: Drawing graphs H: Volume, Bounds 

Revision 

Pure: Integration, The Binomial Expansion 

 

Applied: Modelling in mechanics, constant acceleration 

Pure: Parametric equations, Differentiation 

 

Applied: Projectiles, application of forces 

HT5 

Order of operations, ratio and proportion. 

 

 

Angles and Transformations 

Percentages and Proportion 

F: Compound measures, probability. 

H: Graphs of circles, linear and quadratic equations. 

Revision 

Pure: Trigonometric Ratios, Exponentials and Logs 

 

Applied: Forces and motion 

Pure: Numererical methods, Integration. Vectors 

 

Applied: Further Kinematics. 

HT6 

Working with data 

 

 

Statistics 

Constructions, Loci and bearings.  

F: Averages and range 

H: Histograms, Cumulative frequency and box plots.  

 

Pure: Vectors 

 

Applied: Variable Acceleration 

 

curriculum overview: further mathematics

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curriculum overview: core mathematics

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subject specific information

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.

Recommended revision guides:

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

KS3 Overview

KS4 Overview

Useful websites/resources

Knowledge Books can be found below:

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