Welcome to the Maths Department

Intent: ‘Love Life Love Maths’

Our main intention when designing a maths curriculum is that students are able to enjoy the maths that they are taught and see its relevance to them, whilst progressing in a logical manner through topics and being able to link them together to solve problems. It is important that our students have an understanding of where the maths they learn is used in a real-life context.

At both key stages we want to provide early opportunities to solidify knowledge of essential building blocks of maths. Throughout the curriculum there are opportunities to interleave these building blocks with other more complex ideas. There is an emphasis on consistent revisiting of topics and formal and informal testing of topics covered including through extensive use of mini whiteboards.

As a department we want to regularly discuss and revisit these ideas during department meetings as well as on a day to day informal basis in order to enhance our teaching.

As a department we follow a direct and explicit instruction model but also ensure that the questioning of students allows for a deeper understanding and identifies any misconceptions that arise.

The implementation of the maths curriculum includes opportunities to see the relevance of the maths that they are doing in the real world including in areas such as architecture and finance. 

We aim to encourage a love for learning maths through our teaching as well as programmes such as Times Table Rockstars as well as a wider love for learning and provoke curiosity in how things work and how real-life problems are defined and solved.

The skills learned in maths allow for a wider understanding of other subjects including science, geography, computing and technology which means that the students are able to fully appreciate the links between different areas and how they interact with each other.

Maths lessons follow an explicit, teacher led, method of teaching where we “assess not assume” prior knowledge, often by using mini whiteboards, in order to ensure that students without those building blocks are taught them rather than being left behind without the tools they need to access the curriculum.

We have a fluid process of setting to ensure that all students are able to access the right level of support where it is needed but are also pushed to achieve as highly as possible. 

All homework is set using Hegarty Maths which includes clear video instruction so that there is help available to all students when completing this work at home or revisiting topics.

Why learn Maths?

Studying maths helps us find patterns and structure in our lives. Practically, maths helps us work with money, create graphics, design websites, build skyscrapers and generally understand how things work or predict how they might change over time.

It could be said that mathematics is fundamental in the education of children since maths teaches them to think. It develops our reasoning, helping us to think quickly and analytically and its use can be applied in your day to day life. If you are able to understand mathematics and arrive at logical solutions, you will be able to solve real life problems.

Maths is so much more than just a compulsory subject – the career possibilities can be endless. The benefits that having a good understanding of maths can provide students in the future, such as a bigger college choice and a better paying job in their profession, are endless.

Mathematics is essential in a world of constant change. Mathematics appears in art, music, science, engineering, statistics, education, technology and more. New technologies are changing the way we work and live and mathematics can be very useful in understanding how and why things work the way they work. The combination of a skills shortage and a growing need for maths skills means more and more employers are on the lookout for budding mathematicians!

Year 7

During year 7, students will study the following topics:

Area and Perimeter, Place Value, Negative Numbers, Calculations, BIDMAS, Estimating and Approximations, Substitution, Fractions, Using Measures, Using Scales, Time, Using a Calculator

Year 8

During year 8, students will study the following topics:

Plotting all types of graphs/y=mx+c, Ratio and Proportion, Factors, Multiples and Primes, Statistics, Probability, 2D Shapes, Money, Algebra, Percentages, 3D Shapes

Year 9

During year 9, students will study the following topics:

Percentages, Circles, Money, Averages, Sequences, Measuring and Constructing, Angle Rules, Transformations, Pythagoras and Trigonometry, Compound Units, Congruency and Similarity

Year 10 Terms 1 and 2

In terms 1 and 2, students will study either the ‘working towards’ topics, ‘crossover’ topics’ or ‘working above’ topics. At any point students may move onto the crossover or working above content (teacher discretion). These are identified below:

GCSE Maths ‘working above’ topics: Recurring fractions, Fractional/negative indices, Product rule, Upper & lower bounds, Surds including rationalising,  Expanding & factorising, Rearranging equations, Sequences (including quadratics), Coordinate geometry, Surface area & volume - cylinders, cones, spheres & frustums, Transformations, Quadratics including the formula & iteration, Simultaneous equations, Direct and inverse proportion, Similarity in 2D & 3D, Graphs of trig functions, Further trigonometry, Using graphs of circles, cubes and quadratics, Gradient and area under graphs, Circle geometry – gradients/tangents, Circle theorems.

GCSE Maths ‘crossover’ topics: Rounding and Error Intervals, Estimation, Use of Calculator, Product of Prime Factors, HCF & LCM, Real Life Multiples, Fractions, Ratio, Direct Proportion, Proportion - Best Value, Proportion – Recipes, Proportion - Exchange Rates, Inverse Proportion, Percentages, Interest and Growth, Depreciation and Decay, Reverse Percentages, Index Laws, Expand and Simplify, Sequences, Inequalities, Solving Equations, Forming and Solving Equations, Factorising, Subject of, Standard Index Form, Alternate/Corresponding Angles, Interior and Exterior Angles, Plans and Elevations, Constructions, Bearings, Pythagoras, Trig - Finding Sides, Trig - Finding Angles, Trig - Non Calculator, Pythagoras with Trig, Circles, Arcs and Sectors, Surface Area and Volume, Coordinate Geometry, Straight Line Graphs, Non-linear Graphs, Speed, Distance, Time, Compound Measures, Real Life Graphs, Congruence, Similar Shapes, Reflections, Rotations, Translations, Enlargements, Combined Transformations, Vectors, Simultaneous Equations.

GCSE Maths ‘working towards’ topics: Integers and Place Value, Decimals, Indices, Powers and Roots, Factors, Multiples & Primes, Fractions, Percentages, FDP, Measurements and units, Circles, 2D shapes, Symmetry, Simple constructions, Perimeter and area, Angles, 3D forms, Algebra - the basics, Expressions and substitution.

Year 10 Term 3

In term 3 students will study either GCSE Statistics Foundation or GCSE Statistics Higher topics. These are identified below:

GCSE Statistics higher topics: Types of data, Population and sampling, Sampling methods, Planning and collecting data, Qualitative and discrete data, Continuous data, Tabulation, Measures of central tendency, Measures of dispersion, Box plots, Correlation, SRCC and PPMCC, Moving averages, Simple and theoretical probability, Tables and diagrams, Index numbers, Binomial distribution, Normal distribution and standardised scores, Quality assurance. 

GCSE Statistics Foundation topics: Types of data, Population and sampling, Sampling methods, Planning and collecting data, Qualitative and discrete data, Continuous data, Tabulation, Measures of central tendency, Measures of dispersion, Box plots, Correlation, lines of best fit and SRCC, Moving averages, Trends, Simple probability, Theoretical probability, Two-way tables, Sample space diagrams, Tree diagrams, Venn diagrams, Interpreting index numbers, Simple calculations. 

Year 11

Class teachers deliver a bespoke scheme of learning for each individual class based on gaps in learning from year 10. Year 11 will then spend the remainder of the year on revision and exam preparation. 


Mrs L. Mainwaring

Head of Department

Mr S. Fern

Second in Department

Mr P. Glover

Teacher of Maths

Miss C. Lindley

Teacher of Maths

Miss E. Hird

Teacher of Maths

Miss H. Evans

Teacher of Maths

Mrs S. Kamal

Teaching Assistant of Maths


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