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Aiming High


Curriculum Intent

Each child has an understanding of mathematics and the ability to solve problems.

Curriculum Information

Year 7

Tools of the Trade

Use of mathematical equipment: calculator, protractor and pair of compasses.

This is me

Basic Numeracy Skills

Place Value

Application of Operations (+, -, x, ÷)

Factors, Multiples & Primes

This is Us

Introduction to averages, range and statistical representation

Fractions, decimals and percentages


Genius of the Past

Key properties of 2D shapes

Angle sums to find unknown angles

Area and perimeter of rectangles/triangles

Recognise and apply the properties of 3D shapes

Inventions of the Future

Transformations of shapes:

  • Reflections
  • Rotations
  • Translations
  • Enlargements Sequences and patterns
  • Constructions of lines and bisectors
Power of Humans

Data handling charts

  • Pictograms
  • Frequency polygons
  • Bar charts
  • Line graphs
  • Scatter graphs
  • Pie charts


Power of the Earth

Introduction to algebraic notation

  • Simplifying
  • Expanding Brackets
  • Factorising Brackets
  • Linear graphs
  • Coordinates
  • Substitution into an equation

Plotting points and straight lines

Year 8

My Values

Averages from grouped & ungrouped frequency tables

Factors, multiples and primes


Squares, square roots, cubes, cube roots

Laws of indices









Family Values

Fraction arithmetic

Converting between fractions, decimals and percentages

Proportional change

Percentage applications

Ratio and proportion










Clashes of Culture

Developing algebraic skills:

Solving linear equations including unknowns on both sides

Solve and represent inequalities on a number line

Substitute values into formulae and expressions

nth term of a sequence

Equation of a linear graph



Celebration of Culture

Area and perimeter of 2D shapes

Area and circumference of a circle

Plans and elevations of 3D shapes

Volume and surface area of a 3D shapes








The Power of Technology


  • Probability scale
  • Mutually exclusive events
  • Independent events
  • Tree diagramsRight-angled Triangles
  • Constructions
  • Similar shapes

Pythagoras’ theorem







The Power of My Voice

Developing understanding and applications of

  • Types of data
  • Data collection methods
  • Grouped data
  • Bar charts
  • Pictograms
  • Frequency diagrams
  • Time series
  • Pie charts
  • Scatter graphs
  • Cumulative frequency diagrams
  • Box plots
  • Histograms



Year 9, 10 and 11

Description of KS4 curriculum
In Year 9 students start the three-year GCSE course. At The Wren, students follow the Edexcel GCSE (9-1) mathematics specification at Higher or Foundation tier, according to their ability. Regular monitoring ensures that they are on track and working towards the most appropriate tier and grade.


All students will have the opportunity to study topics from areas of number, algebra, ratio, proportion and rates of change, geometry and measures, probability and statistics.  Please see the GCSE specification for further details.


GCSE Exam board information

GCSE Mathematics (9-1) from 2015

Three exam papers: one non-calculator and two calculator

There are two tiers of entry:

Foundation (Grades 1 -5 can be awarded)

Higher (Grades 4-9 will be available)


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.

These will not run during COVID-19 restrictions.

Term Dates


Term 2

Inset day – Fri 11 Nov & Fri 2 Dec 2022

Mon 31 Oct – Tue 20 Dec 2022

Christmas break – Wed 21 Dec – Tue 3 Jan 2023

Term 3

Wed 4 Jan – Fri 10 Feb

Half term – Mon 13 Feb – Fri 17 Feb 2023