Maths

The Maths area is found in the AB Block. Maths forms part of the core curriculum at both KS3 and KS4, with groups organised into sets in all year groups. Students can elect to study Maths or Further Maths as post-16 courses.

What is the Curriculum within Maths?

  • To develop students  conceptual understanding of mathematics.
  • To develop  confidence when tackling mathematical ideas, techniques and problems.
  • To develop students’  fluency in the fundamentals of mathematics.
  • To ensure students can solve problems by  applying their mathematics to a variety of problems with increasing sophistication.
  • To apply mathematics to  real life problems and situations.
  • To ensure students of all abilities are suitably  challenged  .
  • To ensure students are fully prepared to tackle the GCSE exam at the end of the 5 years.

The maths curriculum is separated into 6 strands: Number, Algebra, Ratio and Proportion, Geometry, Probability and Statistics. Students will cover modules on each of these every year. Specific topics within a strand (eg Fractions in the Number strand) are also revisited and built upon every year. Assessments take place on a termly basis.  

What will the Students learn in Maths?

Maths lessons cover the following areas of mathematics: Number, Algebra, Ratio and Proportion, Geometry, Probability and Statistics 
Students will be expected to-

  • Use and apply standard techniques
  • Reason, interpret and communicate mathematically
  • Solve problems within mathematics and in other contexts.

Maths KS3 Curriculum Map

What is GCSE Maths like?

Maths follow the Edexcel exam board course (1MA1).

Maths follow the Edexcel exam board course (1MA1). Lessons will focus on conceptual understanding of the key topics, problem solving and frequent opportunities to develop calculation skills. Students are expected to take some responsibility for their own progress and show resilience and perseverance when tackling problems. Students should be appropriately equipped for lessons, which includes a scientific calculator (mobile phones are not allowed for general use in the classroom). All equipment can be purchased on the maths corridor. 

A revision guide is also a very useful support to learning and revision at KS4. Students can purchase one from the maths department at any time and will receive the revision guide itself and/or a workbook. The school subscribes to MyMaths, a valuable online resource, which provides lessons and homework on all the required topics. We are also using the new PiXL maths app with graded questions to aid progression and improvements, individual to each student.

Maths KS4 Curriculum Map

How are the Students assessed at GCSE?

3 written papers of equal weighting, 1 non-calculator and 2 calculator papers. 
Two tiers are available, Foundation (grades 1 to 5) and Higher (grades 4 to 9).

SCA Grade Descriptors for Maths