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Maths at The Wren School, Reading, Berks

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Aims and Ethos

Mathematics is important to all modern society as it is fundamental to problem solving and decision making. Mathematics is a subject which transcends all walks of life and provides essential tools for a modern society which range from the beauty of nature to computer programming and designing modern apps.

Our aim is for Mathematics at The Wren School to be engaging, challenging and relevant to modern life and will create lessons which support this.

Curriculum Information

Year 7

Tools of the Trade

  • Classroom expectations
  • Calculator use

This is me

  • Number Systems (What does you number look like?)
This is Us

  • Averages and Range (what is average?)
  • Algebra Introduction (Our Language of Mathematics)

    Christmas: Functional Maths (Cost of Christmas)

Genius of the Past

  • Properties of 2D Shapes, Angles
  • Fractions, Decimals, Percentages(Discussion HWs – Pythagoras, Newton, Hawking, Gauss)
Inventions of the Future

  • Constructions
  • Transformations
Power of Humans

  • Probability (the power of prediction)
  • Substitution & Solving Equation (use of modelling in algebra)
Power of the Earth

  • Coordinates and Graphs
  • Graphs and Charts

Year 8

My Values

  • Averages (Who am I?)
  • Integers, Powers & Roots



Family Values

  • Fractions (Simpsons task), Proportional Change, Percentage Applications
  • Ratio & Proportion
  • (Recipes)


Clashes of Culture

  • Solving Equations & Sequences
  • (Patterns – cultural)
  • Graphs of Functions
  • (Real life graphs/comparisons)
Celebration of Culture

  • Area & Perimeter, 3D Shapes
  • Constructing Triangles, Similarity & Congruence, Symmetry
  • (Rangoli Patterns)


The Power of Technology

  • Probability
  • (Use of Technology)
  • Units of Measure, Circles
  • Budgeting & Finance
  • (HW Project – using spreadsheets, etc.)


The Power of My Voice

  • Presenting Data
  • (Representation)
  • Compound Measures, Pythagoras’ Theorem, Introduction to Trigonometry

Year 9

Description of Year 9 curriculum
In Year 9 students start the three-year GCSE course. At The Wren students follow the Edexcal specification at Higher or Foundation tier according to their ability. There will be regular monitoring to ensure they are on track and working towards the most appropriate qualification.


All students will have the opportunity to study the same topics from areas of number, shape, algebra and data handling.


GCSE Exam board information

GCSE Mathematics

Three exam papers: one non-calculator and two calculator

There are two teirs of entry:

Foundation (Grades 1 -5 can be awarded)

Higher (Grades 4-9 will be available)


Extra Curricular Activities

The mathematics department runs a weekly enrichment club on a Friday from 3.30 pm to 4.30 pm where we work in teams to solve problems from the UK Mathematics Team Challenge.

We are also preparing to visit our local feeder schools where our Year 7 students will teach Year 5 and 6s.

Lesson Resources

Median,Mode, Range

Term Dates

Term 1
Inset days – Mon 4 Sep – Wed 6 Sep 2017
Thu 7 Sep – Thu 19 Oct 2017
Inset day – Fri 20 Oct 2017
Term 2
Inset day – Mon 30 Oct 2017
Tue 31 Oct – Tue 19 Dec 2017