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Curriculum Intent

The Mathematics department encourages students to build fluency, the ability to reason mathematically and solve complex multi-stage problems. Mathematics is a discipline which has intrigued the most brilliant minds for centuries. Mathematical concepts are essential to every walk of life, central to many other areas of the curriculum and pivotal to further education and the world of work. We aim to:

  • develop students’ understanding in each of the key foci of Number (numeracy), Algebra, Geometry and Statistics

  • develop a desire to become independent and competent problem solvers and the ability to communicate mathematically

  • appreciate the link between Mathematics and other subjects

  • enable students to become mathematically aware in preparation for life beyond school.

Curriculum Mapping

Topics Studied in Year 7


Brief Description

Being a Mathematician

A series of lessons introducing pupils to various areas of Mathematics that they will meet in KS3, whilst learning about some key mathematical skills

Place value

Adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing whole numbers and decimals. Rounding & estimation


Constructions with a ruler and protractor, bearings, angle facts and angles in polygons

Factors and Multiples

Factors, multiples, index notation and prime factorisation

Directed Number & Expressions

Using letters to represent unknown amounts, simplification, using brackets and solving equations. Four operations involving negative numbers

Ratio & Measure

Understanding ratio notation, simplifying ratios and sharing in ratios. Metric conversions, interpreting scales & scale drawing

Classifying Shapes, Area & Perimeter

Area and Perimeter of rectangles, triangles, parallelograms, trapeziums and circles. Classifying shapes including by symmetry and parallel lines


Equivalent, fractions, using mixed numbers, four operations involving fractions,


Generating sequences, linear and quadratic sequences, geometric progressions


Topics Studied in Year 8


Brief Description


Generating sequences, linear and quadratic sequences, geometric progressions

Discrete data project

Interpreting data, calculating mean, median, mode and range, frequency tables and frequency graphs


Understand notation, Solving problems with proportional quantities using the unitary method, the double number line and ratio tables, scale drawing

3D Shapes

Properties of 3D Shapes, understand nets, plans and elevations. Volume and surface area of cuboids and, volume of prisms

More Complex Equations & Expressions

Factorising, expanding double brackets, creating setting up and solving equations


Using multipliers to find Ppercentages of quantities, percentage increase and decrease, reverse percentages

Construction, Loci & Pythagoras

Know and apply Pythagoras’ theorem, constructing with a pair of compasses, loci problems


Coordinates, Real life graphs, plotting linear graphs, solving simultaneous equations using graphs


Topics Studied in Year 9


Brief Description


Probability of single and, combined events, estimating probability, using sample spaces and venn diagrams

Equations, Expressions & Inequalities

Solving equations with unknowns on both sides. Solving inequalities, solving simultaneous equations using substitution and elimination.  

Trigonometry, Pythagoras & Angle Reasoning

Pythagoras, and trigonometry for right-angled triangles. Solving complex problems using angle facts

Bounds, Standard Form & Compound Units

Converting between standard form and ordinary numbers. Calculating compound measures such as speed, rates of pay, density. Error Intervals.

Formulae & Graphs

Word Formulae, substitution, rearranging formulae. Identify the gradient and intercept of a linear graph. Plotting quadratic and cubic graphs.


Revision of percentage change using multipliers, finding percentage increase and decrease, reverse percentages. Repeated percentage increase & decrease


Rotation, reflection, translation, enlargement, describing transformations.

Continuous data project

Grouped frequency tables and diagrams, scatter diagrams and lines of best fit.


Topics Studied in Year 10 & 11 Foundation


Brief Description

Year 10

Expressions, Formulae & Sequences

Expanding brackets and factorising, sequences, formulae 

Place Value, Rounding, Standard Form & Indices

Rounding, multiplying and dividing decimals, index notation, prime factorisation. Writing numbers in standard form and calculating with standard form, calculating roots, working with indices


Bearings, scale drawing, angles in polygons and parallel lines

Fractions, Decimals & Percentages

Four operations with fractions, converting between fractions, decimals and percentages, reverse percentages, repeated percentages


Probability of single and combined events, estimating probability, using sample spaces, venn diagrams and tree diagrams

Equations & Inequalities

Setting up and solving equations with x on both sides, solving linear inequalities

Ratio & Proportion

Dividing into ratios, solving problems involving direct and inverse proportion

Transformations & Vectors

Rotation, reflection, translation, enlargement, describing transformations, vectors

Area & Volume

Circumference and area of circles, nets, plans and elevations, volume and surface area of prisms

Year 11

Grouped Data Project

Scatter diagrams, pie charts, calculating the mean from grouped frequency tables


Gradient and intercept of linear graphs, finding the equation of straight lines, plotting cubic, quadratic and reciprocal graphs

Pythagoras & Trigonometry, Loci & Construction

Pythagoras, and trigonometry for right-angled triangles, exact trigonometric values for special angles, proof of congruent and similar triangles. Loci & construction

Simultaneous Equations

Solving pairs of equations by elimination and substitution

Complex Area & Volume

Surface area and volume of spheres, cones, pyramids and composite solids, calculating arc lengths and areas of sectors


Factorising quadratics, solving equations by factorisation, identifying and deducing roots and turning points


Topics Studied in Year 10 & 11 Higher


Brief Description

Year 10

Expressions, Equations & Sequences

Linear simultaneous equations, quadratic sequences, expanding double brackets and factorising, rearranging complex formulae.


Revision of right angled trigonometry, cosine and sine rule, congruent triangles, similarity. 

Indices, Surds & Standard Form

Converting between recurring decimals and fractions. Surds, negative fractional indices, calculating with standard form.


Probability of single and combined events, estimating probability, conditional probability. Using sample spaces, two-way tables, venn diagrams and tree diagrams.


Equations of straight lines, parallel and perpendicular lines. Plotting and interpreting quadratics, cubics, reciprocal graphs, exponential graphs and circular functions.

Percentages & Proportion

Reverse percentages, repeated percentages, growth and decay. Direct and inverse proportion.

Complex Areas & Volumes, Accuracy

Area and volume of spheres, pyramids & cones. Arcs and sectors, upper and lower bounds.


Combinations of rotation, reflection, translation and enlargement (including negative enlargement).

Year 11


Solving quadratics by factorising, completing the square and using the formula. Solving simultaneous equations involving quadratics. Solving quadratic inequalities.

Data Project

Scatter diagrams, cumulative frequency graphs, histograms.

Circle Theorems & Trigonometry

Identify, apply and prove circle theorems. Pythagoras and trigonometry for right-angled triangles, exact trigonometric values for special angles. Apply and use sine rule and cosine rule. Recognise, sketch and interpret graphs of trigonometric functions.


Add and subtract vectors, multiplying by scalars, vector proofs.


Inverse and composite functions. Calculating, estimating and interpreting gradients of graphs and area under curves. Transformations of functions.

Algebraic Fractions & Proof

Iteration. Simplifying, manipulating and solving questions involving algebraic fractions. Using algebra to construct proofs.

Exam Boards and Specifications

Entry Level - Pearson - Entry Level Certificate in Mathematics (NMA0)

GCSE - Pearson Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in Mathematics (1MA1)

A Level - Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Mathematics (9MA0)