Maths

Why is the subject important?

Maths teaches students to think critically and logically about information. It encourages reasoning, analytical thinking and develops problem solving skills which are essential for any career and everyday life.

We offer a curriculum that inspires our learners to become confident, resilient, lifelong mathematicians who recognise effort as the path to mastery.  Our rationale is that, everyone can achieve in maths whereby teaching at all key stages is founded on the need to teach for understanding, rather than teaching mathematics procedurally.

Developing confident, resilient mathematicians with skills for life begins in Year 7 and is nurtured and developed in the 4 years that follow.  Within their mathematical learning journey students are:

  • Encouraged to think, describe, reason, visualise, spot patterns, generalise and experiment like mathematicians.
  • Taught fluency, reasoning and problem-solving skills to develop their resilience and independent thinking.
  • Given real world topics based on; financial problems, timetables, time, estimation, use of calculators, units of measurement, ratio and proportion that prepare them for the modern workplace.

Following our 5-year scheme of learning students will become independent, reflective thinkers, whose skills not only liberate them in maths but also support them across the curriculum.

Year 7

What will I be studying?

Algebraic Thinking

  • Sequences
  • Understanding and using algebraic notation
  • Equality and equivalence

Place Value and Proportion

  • Place value and ordering integers and decimals
  • Fraction, decimal and percentage equivalence

Applications of Number

  • Solving problems with addition and subtraction
  • Solving problems with multiplication and division

Developing Number

  • Four operations with directed number
  • Addition and subtraction of fractions

Lines and Angles

  • Constructing, measuring and using geometric notation
  • Developing geometric reasoning

Reasoning with Number

  • Developing number sense
  • Sets and probability
  • Prime numbers and proof

How will I be assessed? 

  • End of block assessments every two to three weeks
  • Two end of term papers at 3 assessment points

Knowledge Organisers

Knowledge organisers are based on the main topic of study for that month:

  • Algebraic Thinking
  • Place Value and Proportion
  • Applications of Number
  • Developing Number
  • Lines and Angles
  • Reasoning with Number

Which websites should I use to support my learning? 

What will I be studying?

Proportional reasoning

  • Ratio and scale
  • Multiplicative change
  • Multiplying and dividing fractions

Representations

  • Working in the cartesian plane
  • Representing data
  • Tables and probability

Algebraic techniques

  • Brackets, equations and inequalities
  • Sequences
  • Indices

Developing number

  • Fractions and percentages
  • Standard index form
  • Number sense

Developing geometry

  • Angles in parallel lines and polygons
  • Area of trapezia and circles
  • Line symmetry and reflection

Reasoning with data

  • The data handling cycle
  • Measures of location

How will I be assessed? 

  • End of block assessments every two to three weeks
  • Two end of term papers at 3 assessment points

Knowledge Organisers

Knowledge organisers are based on the main topic of study for that month:

  • Proportional reasoning
  • Representations
  • Algebraic techniques
  • Developing number
  • Developing geometry
  • Reasoning with data

Which websites should I use to support my learning?

What will I be studying?

  • Reasoning with algebra
    • Straight Line Graphs
    • Forming and solving equations
    • Testing conjectures
  • Constructions in two and three dimensions
    • Three dimensional shapes
    • Constructions and congruency
  • Reasoning with number
    • Numbers
    • Using percentages
    • Maths and money
  • Reasoning with geometry
    • Deduction
    • Rotation and translation
    • Pythagoras’ Theorem
  • Reasoning with proportion
    • Enlargement and similarity
    • Solving ratio and proportion problems
    • Rates
  • Representations
    • Solving problems using graphs, tables and algebra

How will I be assessed?

  • End of block assessments every teo to three weeks.
  • Three main assessment point based on GCSE style questions.

Knowledge Organisers

Knowledge organisers are based on the main topic of study for that month:

  • Reasoning with algebra
  • Constructions in two and three dimensions
  • Reasoning with number
  • Reasoning with geometry
  • Reasoning with proportion
  • Representations

Which websites should I use to support my learning?

What will I be studying? 

Year 10

  • Similarity
    • Congruence, similarity, enlargement
    • Trigonometry
  • Developing algebra
    • Representing solutions of equations and inequalities.
    • Simultaneous equations
  • Geometry
    • Angles and bearings
    • Working with circles
    • Vectors
  • Proportions and proportional change
    • Ratio and fractions
    • Percentages and interest
    • Probability
  • Delving into data
    • Collecting, representing and interpreting data
  • Using number
    • Non-calculator methods
    • Types of number and sequences
    • Indices and roots

Year 11

  • Graphs
    • Gradients and lines
    • Non-linear graphs
    • Using graphs
  • Algebra
    • Expanding and factorising
    • Changing the subject
    • Functions
  • Reasoning
    • Multiplicative reasoning
    • Geometric reasoning
    • Algebraic reasoning
  • Revision and communication
    • Transforming and constructing
    • Listing and describing
    • Show that..
  • Revision

How will I be assessed?

  • Weekly 20-minute tests based on current topics and prior learning.
  • End of block assessments, every two-three weeks after the block is completed.
  • Two GCSE trial periods completing all three papers for each period.

Which examination board am I following?

Exam Board: (Dependent on level of study)

  • Pearson / Edexcel

Specification: GCSE (9–1) – 1MA1

Website:   https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/mathematics-2015.html

  • OCR

Specification: GCSE (9–1) J560

Website:  https://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse/mathematics-j560-from-2015/

 

Which websites should I use to support my learning?

Ofsted Outstanding Provider