Students are set in ability groups from Year 7, and this setting is monitored regularly to ensure that the students are correctly set at all times. Whatever grouping the students are in, the key feature of the way mathematics is taught is that the whole class and year group work together on a common theme.
In class, as well as learning mathematical knowledge, the students are encouraged to develop their problem solving, communication, visualisation and logical thinking skills. The students will also look at the application of mathematics to everyday life.
ICT plays an important role within the department, with each mathematics classroom enjoying the use of interactive whiteboards. Most homework at Key Stage 3 and 4 is set online, although there is always an option for students to work offline if they so wish.
There is a weekly ‘clinic’ for all Key Stages. These clinics operate at lunchtime for Key Stage 3 and after school for the other Key Stages. Teachers in the department are often also available during break and lunch times to assist if students are struggling with any aspect of their mathematics work.
Each year students are encouraged to take part in the UK Mathematics Challenge as well as Team Mathematics competitions against other local schools. In the past students have had great success in these events and some of our students have even progressed to the European level of the competition.
Main Topics Covered
Year 7

 Coordinates, sequences and introduction to solving equations
 Ordering numbers, the four operations, and the order of operations
 Geometry vocabulary and notation, angles, and transformations
 Fractions, percentages and ratio
 Data collection and presentation, including mean, mode and median
 Functions, inverse operations, the rules of algebra and substitution
 Accuracy, estimating answers, identifying and using prime numbers
 Using mathematical equipment, area of a trapezium and volume
 The four operations using fractions and problems using percentages

Year 8

 Sieve of Eratosthenes, factors, multiples and the order of operations
 Working with fractions, ratio and the four operations using decimals
 Area and perimeter of different shapes, including skew squares
 Data presentation, including calculating the averages from tabulated data
 Working with directed numbers and introduction to curvy graphs
 Reflection, rotation, translation, enlargement, nets and tessellation
 Manipulating algebraic expressions and solving harder equations
 Loci, scale drawings, constructions, plans and elevations

Year 9

 Angle properties, introduction to Pythagoras’ Theorem and trigonometry
 Recap of all number skills covered in Year 7 and Year 8
 Graphs of quadratic equations and advanced algebraic simplification
 Congruent and similar shapes, perimeter and area of circles
 Data collection techniques and experimental and theoretical probability
 Proportion, powers, value for money, fractions and percentages
 Transformations, constructing triangles and accurate nets
 Working with fractions, prime factor decomposition leading to HCF/LCM
 Further manipulation of algebraic expressions and solving equations

At Key Stage 4, students follow a linear GCSE course working towards either the higher or foundation tier. Those sitting the higher tier can achieve grades 9 to 4, whilst those sitting the foundation tier can achieve grades 5 to 1.
The GSCE course content is split into modules which spiral up through the grades over the two years. The exact topics and order in which modules are covered will depend on the tier a student is working towards.
GCSE Higher Tier
Year 10

 Algebra 1  Simplifying, substitution and graphs
 Number 1  Fractions, decimals, percentages and indices
 Geometry 1  Transformations, area, angles, circles, construction and Pythagoras' Theorem
 Algebra 2  Algebraic manipulation, solving equations and inequalities
 Probability 1  Averages, charts, sampling, probability of independent events
 Ratio 1  Ratio, percentage change, direct and inverse proportion
 Algebra 3  Factorising, quadratics and simultaneous equations
 Geometry 2  Congruence, trigonometry and volumes of 3D shapes
 Probability 2  Probability of dependent events, cumulative frequency and histograms

Year 11

 Algebra 4  Iteration and the quadratic formula
 Geometry 3  Circle theorems and similar shapes
 Number 2  Indices, surds and bounds
 Algebra 5  Proof, graphing functions and regions
 Geometry 4  Sine and cosine rules, vectors
 Algebra 6  Functions, quadratic sequences and algebraic fractions

GCSE Foundation Tier
Year 10

 Algebra 1  Simplifying, substitution and graphs
 Number 1  Place value, decimals and negatives
 Geometry 1  Polygons, angles and area
 Probability 1  Averages, charts and simple probability
 Number 2  Decimals and fractions
 Ratio 1  Ratio and simple proportion
 Geometry 2  Circles, construction and Pythagoras' Theorem
 Algebra 2  Algebraic manipulation, solving equations and inequalities

Year 11

 Number 3  Fractions, decimals, percentages and indices
 Algebra 3  Factorising, quadratics and simultaneous equations
 Ratio 2  Percentage change and similar shapes
 Probability 2  Sampling, independent and dependent events
 Geometry 3  Trigonometry and volumes of 3D shapes

All students have the opportunity to choose GCSE Statistics as one of their GCSE options in Year 10 and 11. The course introduces students to the statistical enquiry cycle and develops their understanding of how statistics is used outside of the classroom. The course is linear, with students working towards either the higher or foundation tier.
GCSE Statistics
Years
10 & 11

 The collection of data  from populations to samples
 Processing, representing and analysing data
 Probability, including an introduction to probability distributions

Key Stage 5
At Key Stage 5 students can continue their Mathematics education via several different routes:
 A Level Mathematics
 A Level Further Mathematics
 Level 3 Core Maths: Mathematics in Context
 GCSE resit
A Level

Pure Maths
 Proof
 Algebra and functions
 Coordinate geometry in the (x, y) plane
 Sequences and series
 Trigonometry
 Exponentials and logarithms
 Differentiation
 Integration
 Numerical methods
 Vectors
Statistics
 Statistical sampling
 Data presentation and interpretation
 Probability
 Statistical distributions
 Statistical hypothesis testing
Mechanics
 Quantities and units in mechanics
 Kinematics
 Forces and Newton’s laws
 Moments

Further Maths:
taken alongside A Level Mathematics

 Complex numbers
 Further algebra and functions
 Further calculus
 Further vectors
 Polar coordinates
 Hyperbolic functions
 Differential equations
 Further trigonometry
 Further calculus
 Further differential equations
 Coordinates systems
 Further vectors
 Further numerical methods
 Momentum and impulse
 Work, energy and power
 Elastic strings and springs and elastic energy
 Elastic collisions in one dimension
 Elastic collisions in two dimensions

Level 3 Core Maths: Mathematics in Context

Core Maths has been designed to maintain and develop reallife maths skills. The topics covered are not purely theoretical or abstract; they can be applied on a daytoday basis in work, study or life. It will also help with other Alevel subjects – in particular with science, geography, business studies, psychology and economics.
Topics covered:
 Applications of statistics
 Probability
 Linear programming
 Sequences and growth

Exam Specifications
GCSE Mathematics
http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcelgcses/mathematics2015.html
GCSE Statistics
http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcelgcses/statistics2017.html
A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics
http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcelalevels/mathematics2017.html
Level 3 Core Maths: Maths in Context
http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcelmathematicsincontext/mathematicsincontext.html