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Curriculum Intent

The Mathematics Department aims to provide a curriculum which:

  • Exposes learners to a range of mathematical processes;
  • Allows learners to develop core numeracy skills through abstract thinking;
  • Creates opportunities for students to become independent learners and problem solvers;
  • Nurtures curiosity with investigative learning;
  • Enables learners to access the world in greater depth.


Curriculum Implementation at Key Stage 3:

Across Years 7, 8 and 9, we cover all areas of the National Curriculum. Within KS3 lessons, we concentrate on developing numerical fluency and reasoning skills in the key mathematical areas of number, algebra, geometry, ratio and proportion, and statistics.

We use the White Rose Maths as the basis of our schemes of learning which supports the structure of Mastery teaching in all groups. Our students are taught in mixed ability settings which allows all students an equal opportunity of access to the curriculum. Within the mixed ability setting, scaffolding and challenge work are embedded in order to support learners of all abilities to aim high and reach their potential.


Curriculum Information

Year 7 Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Place Value & Ordering & Decimals Sequences Constructing & Measuring
FDP Equivalence Algebraic Notation Developing Geometric Reasoning
Addition & Subtraction Equality & Equivalence Developing Number Sense
Multiplication & Division Directed Number Sets & Probability
FDP Of Amounts Addition & Subtraction Of Fractions Prime Numbers & Proof
Year 8 Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Ratio & Scale Brackets, Equations & Inequalities Angles In Parallel Lines & Polygons
Multiplicative Change Sequences Area Of Trapezia & Circles
Multiplying & Dividing Fractions Fractions & Percentages Line Symmetry & Reflection
Working In The Cartesian Plane Standard Index Form The Data Handling Cycle
Representing Data Number Sense Measures Of Location
Tables & Probability
Year 9 Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Straight Line Graphs Numbers Pythagoras’ Theorem
Forming & Solving Equations Using Percentages Solving Ratio & Proportion Problems
Conjectures Rotation & Translation Rates
Three Dimensional Shapes Enlargement & Similarity Probability
Constructions & Congruency Maths & Money Deduction
Algebraic Representation


Curriculum Implementation at Key Stage 4:

Throughout Years 10 and 11 we study the AQA GCSE Mathematics course.

The course contains work on Number, Algebra, Ratio, Proportion and Rates of Change, Geometry and Measures, and Statistics and Probability. In our KS4 classes, students are banded into Higher, Intermediate and Foundation groups which reflect their current and predicted attainment and progress.


Curriculum Implementation at Key Stage 5:

At Key Stage 5 we offer both A Level Maths and Core Maths courses. A Level maths is taught using the AQA specification and covers pure maths, statistics and mechanics. For our Core Maths course, we follow AQA Level 3 Mathematical Studies specification over the two years of sixth form teaching. This course looks at applying maths to real life scenarios and is suggested to compliment and support mathematical content in many other subjects including; psychology, biology and geography.


GCSE Exam board information
AQA GCSE Mathematics

At the end of the GCSE Mathematics course, students will either be sitting the Foundation or Higher Tier papers.

In both pathways, students can achieve a Grade 4 and 5.


Extra Curricular Activities

The mathematics department runs the following weekly activities:

KS4 Aim High sessions:

  • Monday afterschool (drop-in)
  • Friday afterschool (topic based)

Extended Learning and quiet work space on Wednesday and Friday lunchtimes within the department.

The department also takes part in the UKMT Mathematics Challenge and is starting to work towards a Level 3 Qualification in Further Mathematics for some of the highest ability students.

Term Dates


Term 3

Wed 4 Jan – Fri 10 Feb

Half term – Mon 13 Feb – Fri 17 Feb 2023

Term 4

Inset Day Mon 13 March 

Mon 20 Feb  – Fri 31 March

Half term – Mon 3 April 2023 – Fri 14 April 2023