General information:

Mathematics is the language of nature. It is used to explain everything in the world around us from the things that grow to the things that are created by human thought and then manufactured. It was Galileo Galilei that said “…the book of nature is written in the language of mathematics.”
As a department we recognise that students have preferred learning styles and that different learning activities and teaching styles should be employed to meet the needs of all students. We also recognise that students learn most effectively in a non-threatening environment where tasks are matched to individual needs and abilities; where good work and effort are praised and students feel valued.

Key Stage 3 Outline:

The Mathematics Department uses the Pearson’s Key Stage 3 Mathematics progress delta series as a framework. It then builds upon this framework with its own selected projects and investigative activities. Year 9 students start their GCSE course and use the Pearson higher GCSE resources supported by the departments own activities and resources as relevant.


Year 7

Year 8

Year 9


Analysing and displaying data
Number skills

Unit 1 Factors and powers
Unit 2 Working with powers



Equations, functions and formulae

Unit 3 2D shapes and 3D solids
Unit 4 Real-life graphs

Interpreting and representing data


Angles and shapes

Unit 5 Transformations
Unit 6 Fractions, decimals and percentages

Fractions, ratio and proportion



Unit 7 Constructions and loci

Angles and trigonometry


Multiplicative reasoning
Perimeter, Area and Volume

Unit 8 Probability
Unit 9 Scale drawings and measures



Sequences and graphs

Unit 10 Graphs

Area and volume


Key Stage 4 Outline:

GCSE (9-1)  Mathematics

Examination board: Pearson Edexcel

Course components:
Paper one: Non calculator, 1 hour and 30 minutes 1/3 of the marks
Paper two: Calculator paper, 1 hour and 30 minutes, worth 1/3 of the marks
Paper Three: Calculator paper, 1 hour and 30 minutes, worth 1/3 of the marks

General information:

The mathematics department uses the Pearson (9-1) Higher GCSE text books but supplements these with its own resources and other text book resources when appropriate. It is expected that all students work towards the higher tier GCSE, although there are occasionally circumstances that mean a particular student may sit the foundation tier. All examinations take place at the end of year 11.

The GCSE mathematics course is designed to give students the appropriate mathematical skills, knowledge and understanding to help them progress to a full range of courses in further and higher education. This includes Level 3 mathematics courses as well as Level 3 and undergraduate courses in other disciplines such as biology, geography and psychology, where the understanding and application of mathematics is crucial.

Qualification aims and objectives
The aims and objectives of the GCSE (9–1) in Mathematics are to enable students to:
1. develop fluent knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts
2. acquire, select and apply mathematical techniques to solve problems
3. reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences, and draw conclusions
4. comprehend, interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context.

Course outline


Year 10

Year 11


Transformations and constructions
Equations and inequalities

More algebra


Multiplicative reasoning

Vectors and geometric proof


Similarity and congruence
More trigonometry

Proportion and graphs


Further statistics



Equations and graphs



Circle theorems




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