Aim / Intent
Our aim is to develop pupils who have a positive attitude to Mathematics and have the confidence to give things a go. We teach them the underlining principles so they can apply them to different contexts. We aim to build on their numeracy skills and develop their problem solving abilities, providing mathematical reasoning throughout. We want to ensure that pupils have the tools they need to communicate their thoughts and ideas. We encourage them to use a variety of models and representations. The content delivered is taken from the national curriculum at key stage 3 and then directed by the exam syllabus at Key stage 4.
"We are currently adapting our KS3 curriculum to better support teaching for Maths Mastery; meaning that pupils acquire a deep, long-term, secure and adaptable understanding of the subject. Underpinning this approach is the belief that all children, given the right support and encouragement, can succeed with Maths. Maths mastery makes sure children have all the necessary foundational knowledge to grasp more advanced concepts.
We have carefully planned a sequenced journey for all pupils, which connects the different areas within the curriculum. We have identified the new mathematics and the key points that all pupils need to understand and have designed lessons and resources to best support our pupils to grasp these concepts. In a typical lesson, the teacher leads back and forth interaction, including questioning, short tasks, explanation, demonstration, and discussion. Pupils are provided with concrete resources and carefully designed tasks to help develop their fluency and conceptual understanding where appropriate. "
The UK Maths Challenge (year 8)
The National Cipher Challenge (year 9)
The Exon Maths Challenge (year 10)
Pre exam revision classes
Frequently Asked Questions
What courses do you offer?
We offer three courses. All pupils study the Mathematics GCSE. This consists of 3 examinations, one is non-calculator. Our most able Mathematicians do their GCSE in year 10. Then in year 11 they study a Free Standing Maths Qualification. This introduces them to some of the A Level topics and extends their knowledge and skills, allowing them to look at more complex problems. Some students will also be given the opportunity to study the Statistics GCSE alongside their main one.
When does the GCSE preparation begin?
During Key stage 3 an emphasis is placed on developing and mastering the necessary skills for GCSE. Once they reach year 10 we begin looking at the application in greater depth. The pace at which this happens is dependent on the understanding and confidence of the pupil for the content.
Synopsis of Study
Year 7 – Mathematics
In the first term of Year 7 within Mathematics, students are introduced to a range of topics, building from Year 6, which include: Sequences, Algebraic Expressions, Fractions, Negative Numbers, Coordinates and Graphs, Order of Operations, and Area and Perimeter.
In the second term of Year 7 within Mathematics, students are introduced to a range of topics, building from Year 6, including: Ratio and Proportion, Brackets, FDP Conversions, Probability and Equations.
In the final term of Year 7 Mathematics students are introduced to a range of topics, building from Year 6, including: Percentages, Angles, Volume, Surface Area, Types of Numbers and Plans and Elevations. They will also be looking at some functional skills tasks, applying some of the skills and knowledge they have acquired throughout the year.
Year 8 – Mathematics
In Year 8 Mathematics, during the first term, students will build and deepen their knowledge within: The Four Operations, including Decimals, FDP Review, Indices and Standard Form, Approximation, Angles, Coordinates and Graphs, Venn Diagrams and the Nth term.
In the second term of Year 8 Mathematics, students will develop their knowledge in a variety of key areas, including: Statistical Diagrams, Probability, Equations, Ratio and Proportion, Area and Perimeter, The Circle, Statistical Measures and Negative numbers.
In the final term of Mathematics in Year 8, students will deepen their learning and knowledge in the following key areas: Volume, Similarity, Transformations, Brackets, Pythagoras, Simultaneous Equations, Inequalities and Factorising.
Year 9 – Mathematics
In Year 9 Mathematics, students will recap the knowledge learnt over the previous two years, including: The 4 Operations including Decimals, FDP Review, Approximation, Nth term, Area and Perimeter, The Circle and Negative Numbers.
In the Spring term of Year 9 Mathematics, students will deepen their knowledge and understanding in: Angles, Algebraic Expressions, Curved Graphs, Similarity and Congruency, Equations, Ratio and Proportion and Pythagoras.
In the Summer term of Year 9 Mathematics, students will deepen their knowledge and understanding in: Averages, Inequalities, Simultaneous Equations, Probability, Compound Measures, Speed, Density, Factorising including Quadratics and Trigonometry.
Year 10 – Mathematics
In Year 10 Mathematics students will continue to build on the previous years of knowledge and key principles, looking specifically at the following in their first term: The 4 Operations including Decimals, FDP Review, Approximation, Indices and Standard Form, Angles, Area and Perimeter and Negative Numbers.
In Year 10 Mathematics students will continue to build on the previous years of knowledge and key principles, looking specifically at the following in their second term: Pythagoras, Algebraic Expressions, Averages, y = mx + c, Statistical Diagrams, Time and Nth Term.
In Year 10 Mathematics students will continue to build on the previous years of knowledge and key principles, looking specifically at the following in their final Year 10 term: Ratio and Proportion, The Circle, Equations, Simultaneous Equations, Probability, Transformations and Brackets and Factorising.
Year 11 – Mathematics
In the first term of Year 11 Mathematics, students will bring together all previous knowledge including reinforcing the following key concepts: Similarity, Trigonometry (including Graphs), Venn Diagrams (HCF, LCM), Vectors, Transforming Graphs, Cumulative Frequency and Box Plots and Inequalities. Students will also be actively preparing for the Year 11 mocks.
In the Spring term of Year 11 within Mathematics, students have completed any topics left from the previous term which had not been covered in full. Students will have been revising key topics that have been highlighted from the mocks in preparation for the examinations next term.