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Maths

Mathematics 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.

Mathematics is the universal language of our environment, helping mankind explain and create within it for thousands of years. From playing games to playing music, maths is vital to helping students fine tune their creativity and turn their dreams into reality.

Our curriculum is based on the national programmes of study and lessons are accessible to all students in the class to create opportunities and build familiarity and accuracy in techniques and to allow students to use their skills in everyday life. We cover a variety of topics which allow students to excel in their learning in different fields. Students know that when they come to lessons they will be entering a positive environment for learning where they learn new techniques and challenges are accepted.

We revisit topics throughout the 5-year course to consolidate understanding and encourage students to link their work with other areas to extend their thinking. We have a strong focus on developing problem-solving skills alongside mathematical content to ensure we develop resilient, independent learners ready to tackle GCSE and A level maths.

The GCSE course has two tiers of entry and students are assessed on ability regularly and entered for the appropriate syllabus and tier.

Foundation tier:            Grades 5-1

Higher tier:                   Grades 9-4

Curriculum information

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 where students face increasingly complex problems and scenarios.

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
  • Indices and standard form
  • Expressions
  • Linear equations
  • Charts and averages
  • Area and volume
  • Fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Ratio
  • Shapes and angles
  • Pythagoras and surds
  • Trigonometry
  • Probability  
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 curriculum and build upon the knowledge and skills in topics from Year 9, 8 and 7.

Building upon core methods, the development of fluency, reasoning and problem solving is again structured into every topic area where students face increasingly complex problems and scenarios.

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 curriculum and complete the GCSE specification and build upon the knowledge and skills studied in Years 10, 9, 8 and 7.

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 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
The thing I like best about maths is everyone has different strengths but there is always a definite answer. You just have to work out how to get there.
Year 12 student