Year 7

Students will be encouraged to develop their understanding of the rules of arithmetic and begin to apply them to decimals and fractions.  They will also be introduced to many of the numerical skills essential for everyday living, such as understanding and using units of measurement correctly. 

They will also encounter the more abstract ideas required for algebra, with an emphasis on developing problem solving skills. Students will be set by the beginning of term 2 in order that they are working with students who share their strengths and areas for development.

Students will be assessed using National Curriculum levels.

Scheme of  Work Summary:


  • Sequences and functions 
  • Algebraic techniques 
  • Factors, multiples and primes 
  • Graphs of linear functions 
  • Forming and solving equations


  • Place value and calculations 
  • Fractions, decimals, and percentages 
  • Rounding 
  • Number calculations
  • Use of calculators 
  • Metric units 
  • Ratios

Shape & Space 

  • Area and perimeter 
  • 3D shapes 
  • Angles and co-ordinates 
  • Geometric reasoning in triangles and quadrilaterals 
  • Constructions
  • Transformations 
  • Angle properties

Data Handling 

  • Probability 
  • Averages 
  • Interpreting graphs 
  • Collect, display, and interpret data

Year 8

In Year 8 students will develop the concepts introduced in year 7, with far greater emphasis on algebraic techniques and higher level problem solving skills.  As such, students will be expected to be able to work more independently, particularly with open ended investigation tasks.  Ideas encountered in year 7 will be explored in more depth.

The final assessment for year 8 will be in terms of National Curriculum levels.

Scheme of  Work Summary:


  • Factors, multiples, primes, and sequences 
  • Algebraic techniques 
  • Co-ordinates, graphs, and y=mx+c 
  • Solving equations 
  • Solving graphs


  • Factors, multiples, primes, and sequences 
  • Fractions, decimals, and percentages 
  • Place value, decimals, and calculations 
  • Solving problems and ratio

Shape and Space 

  • Lines, angles, shapes, and construction 
  • Metric and imperial 
  • Area and perimeter 
  • Transformations, ratio, and proportion 
  • 3D shapes, scale drawings, and loci

Data Handling 

  • Probability 
  • Collection and display of discrete data 
  • Collection and display of continuous data

Year 9

Year 9 is an important transitional year from Key Stage 3 to Key Stage 4.  During the year the assessment criteria will move from the National Curriculum levels to GCSE grades.  There is a greater emphasis on functional skills and problem solving skills to reflect the demands of the GCSE course.  Students will be expected to be able to communicate mathematical ideas clearly and concisely and evaluate the methods that they use.

Scheme of  Work Summary:


  • Sequences and functions 
  • Equations, formulae, and identities 
  • Graphs and indices


  • Proportional reasoning 
  • Fractions, decimals, percentages, ratio, and proportion
  • Calculations 
  • Place value 
  • Calculator method

Shape and Space 

  • Lines, angles, shapes, construction, and loci 
  • Measures, mensuration, and co-ordinates 
  • Transformations 
  • Angle properties, scale drawings, surface area and volume

Data Handling 

  • Design survey 
  • Two-way tables 
  • Time series 
  • Scatter graphs 
  • Comparing distributions 
  • Probability 

Year 10

Students will be studying the Edexcel GCSE Mathematics course at either Foundation or Higher level.  Their performance over Key Stage 3 will determine which level they are studying, though this can change over the course of the year depending on their progress.

To ensure that students are at the correct level regular assessment using examination criteria takes place.

Scheme of  Work Summary: Edexcel Scheme of work

Year 11

In Year 11 students work to improve on the progress that they made in year 10, and a final decision will be made as to the tier of entry for their final examination.

Scheme of  Work Summary: Edexcel scheme of work

Year 12

A-level mathematics requires a strong understanding of the material covered for GCSE Mathematics and as a result we require that students have achieved at least a grade B at GCSE and should have studied the higher course curriculum. 

At A-level it is expected that students are adept at communicating mathematical ideas using the correct notation and terminology.

In addition to developing the more advanced topics of the GCSE course students will be introduced to calculus, decision mathematics and statistical analysis.

We follow the Edexcel A-level syllabus and students will undertake regular assessment to ensure that they are keeping up with the demands of the course.

Scheme of  Work Summary:


  • Algebraic manipulation
  • Polynomials
  • Differentiation
  • Integration
  • Graphs of functions
  • Transformations of curves
  • Sequences and series


  • Representing data
  • Probability distributions
  • Hypothesis testing
  • Combinations and permutations


  • Algorithms
  • Graphs and networks
  • Route inspection problems
  • Matching problems
  • Linear programming

Year 13

The second year of A-level study builds on the concepts introduced in Year 12 and as a result progression on the course will depend on performance in Year 12. In addition to continuing with the core modules students will be introduced to Mechanics.

Regular assessment against examination criteria will take place.

Scheme of  Work Summary:


  • Algebraic fractions
  • Functions
  • Exponential and log functions
  • Advanced trigonometry
  • Transformations of curves
  • Numerical methods
  • Advanced differentiation
  • Partial fractions
  • Coordinate Geometry
  • Vectors
  • The binomial expansion
  • Advanced integration


  • Mathematical modelling
  • Kinematics of a particle
  • Dynamics of a particle
  • Statics of a particle
  • Moments
  • Vectors

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