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The maths curriculum covers a variety of topics which allow students to excel in their learning. Students know that when they come to mathematics lessons they will be entering a positive environment for learning, where boundaries are pushed and challenges are accepted.

The curriculum has been developed to allow students to use their mathematical skills in everyday life and to be ready for the future ahead of them. Students are taught by well-qualified teachers, who make sure that learning is fun and enjoyable.

Curriculum information:

 

Year 7

Brief overview of expected learning and outcomes during this year

Students build upon their knowledge of mathematics from their Key Stage 2 studies by facing ever more complex problems and strategies to solve them.

Building upon core methods, the development of fluency, reasoning and problem solving is structured into every topic area.

The demand on clear written methods and good number skills stay from primary school but there is an ever increasing use of calculators to help solve problems and greater introduction of algebra throughout the year into all topics.

List of topics taught

  • Number and calculations
  • Factors and multiples
  • Area and volume
  • Charts and averages
  • Fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Expressions
  • Shapes and angles
  • Ratio
  • Equations
  • Sequences
  • Graphs  

Year 8

Brief overview of expected learning and outcomes during this year

Students continue to build upon their knowledge of all areas of mathematics from their work in Year 7 by facing more demanding strategies to solve problems in all topic areas.

Building upon core methods, the development of fluency, reasoning and problem solving is again structured into every topic area.

Clear written methods and good number skills are expected in every topic and students are expected to be able to link different areas of the subject to help solve problems with algebra now embedded throughout into all topics.

List of topics taught

  • Area and volume
  • Expressions
  • Fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Probability
  • Equations
  • Shapes and angles
  • Ratio
  • Pythagoras and trigonometry
  • Graphs
  • Sequences
  • Charts and averages
  • Transformations

Year 9

Brief overview of expected learning and outcomes during this year

Students continue to build upon their knowledge of all areas of mathematics from their work in Year 8 by facing more demanding strategies to solve problems in all topic areas as we begin our study through the GCSE curriculum.

Building upon core methods, the development of fluency, reasoning and problem solving is again structured into every topic area and all topics are assessed by GCSE style questions.

Clear written methods and good number skills are expected in every topic and students are expected to be able to link different areas of the subject to help solve problems with algebra now embedded throughout into all topics with both familiar and unfamiliar contexts.

List of topics taught

  • Factors and multiples
  • Number and calculations
  • Expressions
  • Linear equations
  • Charts and averages
  • Area and volume
  • Fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Ratio
  • Shapes and angles
  • Pythagoras and surds
  • Trigonometry
  • Probability  
I enjoy maths because my teachers get involved with our learning and take the time to explain difficult ideas.
Year 9 student

Year 10

Brief overview of expected learning and outcomes during this year

Students continue their studies through the GCSE curriculum and build upon the knowledge and skills in Year 9, in topics seen from Year 7 and 8.

Building upon core methods, the development of fluency, reasoning and problem solving is again structured into every topic area and all topics are again assessed by GCSE style questions.

Clear written methods and good number skills are expected in every topic and students are expected to be able to link different areas of the subject to help solve problems with algebra now embedded throughout into all topics with both familiar and unfamiliar contexts.

List of topics taught

  • Ratio
  • Probability
  • Cumulative frequency
  • Quadratic equations  
  • Area and volume
  • Linear graphs
  • Constructions
  • Simultaneous equations
  • Circle theorems
  • Graphs of other functions
  • Non-right-angled trigonometry 

Year 11

Brief overview of expected learning and outcomes during this year

Students continue their studies through the GCSE curriculum and build upon the knowledge and skills studied in Years 9 and 10.

Building upon core methods, the development of fluency, reasoning and problem solving is again structured into every topic area and all topics are again assessed by GCSE style questions and full mock papers as we prepare in greater depth for the examinations in the summer term.

Clear written methods and good number skills are expected in every topic and students are expected to be able to link different areas of the subject to help solve problems with algebra now embedded throughout into all topics with both familiar and unfamiliar contexts.

List of topics taught

  • Non-right-angled trigonometry
  • Quadratic equations  
  • Linear and quadratic graphs
  • Cumulative frequency
  • Circle theorems
  • Simultaneous equations
  • Functions and algebraic proof
  • Vectors
I enjoy maths because it tests me and makes me want to challenge myself and push myself to do the best I can.
Year 9 student