Welcome to our Specialist Maths Department

Who We Are

  • Mrs L Panesar ( Associate Headteacher)
  • Mr I Marshall (Lead Practitioner)
  • Miss A Meredith (2nd in Department)
  • Mr A Parry (G&T Co-Ordinator and KS5 Lead)
  • Mrs H Bishop
  • Miss R Cairns (Year Leader)
  • Mr M Downes
  • Mr T Bhambra (Deputy Headteacher)
  • Mrs J Joseph
  • Mr A Hopkins

Key Stage 3

We have updated our Key stage three curriculum to reflect the recent changes. Our year seven curriculum is given below and a general list of topics studied. The year 8 curriculum again visits each of these topics to help pupils develop a wider and deeper understanding.

Top sets in both years are extended with challenging materials such as surds and standard form and 3D Pythagoras.

Year 7 - Autumn Term

  • Arithmetic, Rounding, Powers, Factors and Multiples.
  • Scales, Units of Measurement, Perimeter Area and Volume, Angles.
  • Using Algebraic Expressions.
  • Averages and Range.

Spring Term

  • Fractions, Decimals and Percentages.
  • Probability.
  • Using Sequences, Solving Equations.
  • Transformations.

Summer Term

  • Ratio and Proportion.
  • 3-D Shapes and Construction.
  • Draw and Use Graphs.
  • Collecting and Representing Data.

Year 8 - Autumn Term

  • Arithmetic, Rounding, Powers, Factors and Multiples, including use of significant figures and fractional powers, standard form and introduction to surds.
  • Averages and Range- incorporating mean from a grouped frequency table
  • Using Algebraic Expressions – expanding and factorising of single and double brackets and changing the subject of a formula
  • Perimeter and area of circles. Volume of more challenging shapes. Angles in regular polygons.

Spring Term

  • Fractions, Decimals and Percentages, extending to reverse percentages and using reciprocals. Conversions between Fractions, Decimals and Percentages
  • Recap of transformations, extend to enlargements with negative and fractional scale factors.
  • Using similar shapes
  • Further use of Sequences, Solving more challenging Equations and Inequalities.
  • Probability, using tree diagrams and extending to conditional probability with and without replacement.

Summer Term

  • Using ratio and proportion to solve complex real-life problems
  • Designing surveys and analysing data
  • Draw and Use Graphs, introducing basic quadratic graphs
  • Solving simultaneous equations via graphical methods
  • 3-D Shapes and Construction extending to 2d and 3d Pythagoras

Key Stage 4

Examination Board: AQA

Mathematics at GCSE is an important qualification both for employment and further academic studies. You will continue to study the subject across the four different areas of Number, Algebra, Shape and Data Handling; whilst being expected to apply these skills in more open ended problems. Being numerate in a modern world allows you to organise your finances and plan practical projects with accuracy. Skills in algebra enhance your ability to solve a wide variety of problems. Data handling skills can be applied to research in several curriculum areas.

Assessment: The course at both foundation and higher levels will be assessed by three final exams - one non calculator paper and two calculator papers.

Progression: If taken at the higher level, Mathematics GCSE is a good introduction to Maths A level and will also support many other A level courses. A minimum of grade C at GCSE is a pre-requisite of all University courses and many other further education courses.

 May 2020