# Mathematics

We aim to develop confident, numerate students who are able to see links between various areas of mathematics and apply their maths skills in different contexts.

The Maths Learning Journey provides a general overview of what students will cover in this subject.

View the Maths Learning Journey.

### Key Stage 3

The curricula in years 7 and 8 have 14 units of work each. All students wherever possible follow the same curriculum, but extension objectives allow for exploration in more depth for some. The curriculum at this stage is designed to embed and extend number skills as well as explore the essential algebraic skills needed for success at GCSE.

The curriculum has also been designed with other subjects in mind. For example, measures are visited early in year 7 to support learning in Design Technology. Standard form is taught in year 8, as this supports the learning in Science. The Y8 curriculum builds upon the units taught in Y7, so algebraic ideas are developed further; ratio is further explored through currency conversion and scale for example, and percentage skills are extended.

To support students in their application of their Maths skills we have introduced Wordy Wednesdays in both years which allows all students across the school to practise their application of skills to more ‘wordy’ problems.

Table of topics

 Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Place value exploration Decimals Measures FDP Factors, multiples and primes Arithmetic sequences Manipulating fractions Order of operations Exploring geometry Calculating with percentages Understanding ratio Directed numbers Algebra basics Collecting, representing and analysing data Rounding Exploring probability Extending fractions Circles - key language, circumference and area Extending negative numbers Sequence exploration Percentage development Standard form Exploring proportion Extending algebra skills Investigating straight lines Equations and Inequalities Investigating angle Bivariate data Please see Key Stage 4 for details.

### Key Stage 4

We aim to enter all students for GCSE mathematics. We follow a three year GCSE course, starting in year 9, which allows us to explore the GCSE course in depth and use the skills acquired in Y7 and Y8 to access more demanding mathematics. Our aim is to create confident, numerate students who are well equipped mathematically to continue their life beyond school.

GCSE maths is tiered and so students either follow the foundation tier scheme of work or the higher tier scheme of work. All students, however, cover the same five broad areas: number, algebra, ratio and proportion, geometry and statistics, but at different rates and at different depths, dependent upon their tier of entry.

As well as learning new concepts, we support students in applying their mathematical knowledge through use of our Wordy Wednesday booklets which contain ‘wordy’ problems designed to help students to see where their maths skills might be applied in a ‘real world’ context. In addition, GCSE mathematics provides students with essential skills for other key subjects such as Science, Geography, Computer Science and Food & Nutrition, as well as providing students with the tools they need to flourish beyond school.

Table of topics

 Year 9 Year 10 Year 11 Formulae and functions Representing and interpreting data Percentages, fractions, ratio Indices, roots and reciprocals Properties of shape Calculating with standard form Equations and inequalities Pythagoras and Trigonometry (1) Working in 2D Multiplicative reasoning Graphs Transformations Pythagoras and Trigonometry (2) Ratio and proportion Working in 3D Similarity and congruence Further graphs Vectors Geometry Further trigonometry (higher) Probability
 Exam board: (GCSE Edexcel 1MA1) Foundation Tier Externally assessed examinations covering any part of the specification Paper 1 Non Calculator Papers 2 and 3 Calculator allowed Length of each paper 1hr 30 mins Each contributing 33.33% of the final grade
 Exam board: (GCSE OCR J560) Higher Tier Externally assessed examinations covering any part of the specification Paper 4 Calculator allowed Paper 5 Non Calculator Paper 6 Calculator allowed Length of each paper 1hr 30 mins Each contributing 33.33% of the final grade

Find out more about the Edexcel Foundation Tier qualification.

Find out more about the OCR Higher Tier qualification.

### Staff

Mrs R Watson | Subject Leader – Mathematics
Mrs J Johns | Teacher of Mathematics
Mrs S Pinder | Teacher of Mathematics
Mr E Tang | Progress Leader | Teacher of Mathematics and Statistics
Miss E Jones | Teacher of Mathematics
Miss Suleiman | Teacher of Mathematics
Mr T Manktelow | Teacher of Mathematics
Miss K Taylor | Teacher of Mathematics & Science

Support websites for revision
www.vle.mathswatch.com
www.mrbartonmaths.com
www.corbettmaths.com

GCSE Mathematics video