Mathematics

Year 7

Students will be improving and developing their understanding of number and algebra through the year. They will also be introduced to many of the numerical skills essential for everyday living, such as money and ratio. 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 encounter the more abstract ideas required for algebra, with an emphasis on developing problem solving skills.

Students will be placed in sets so that they are working with students who share their strengths and areas for development. In all of the units they complete, the students will be mastering skills and understanding before moving on to apply strategies to different style questions.

Students will be assessed using the new GCSE grading system 1-9. At the end of the units covered, pupils will complete a unit assessment to test their understanding and find areas for improvement. At the end of year 7, they will complete an end of year assessment on all areas covered throughout the year.

Scheme of Work Summary:

Algebra 

  • Sequences and functions 
  • Algebraic techniques 
  • Algebraic graphs
  • Inequalities
  • Forming and solving equations

 

Number 

  • Place value and calculations 
  • Fractions, decimals, and percentages 
  • Rounding 
  • Number calculations
  • Use of calculators 
  • Ratio and proportion
  • Factors, multiples and primes 

 

Year 8

In Year 8, students will develop the concepts introduced in year 7, as well as aspects of geometry and data being introduced. Pupils will be encouraged to extend their knowledge on topics to do with shape and handling data. They will also recap and improve their understanding of number and algebra topics from year 7.

Students will be assessed using the new GCSE grading system 1-9. At the end of the units covered, pupils will complete a unit assessment to test their understanding and find areas for improvement. At the end of year 8, they will complete an end of year assessment on all areas covered throughout the year.

Scheme of Work Summary:

Algebra 

  • Sequences and functions
  • Algebraic techniques 
  • Drawing algebraic graphs
  • Solving equations 
  • Solving graphs


Number
 

  • Factors, multiples, primes, and sequences 
  • Fractions, decimals, and percentages 
  • Place value, decimals, and calculations 
  • Solving problems and ratio
  • Correct use of a calculator
  • Rounding and estimating


Shape and Space
 

  • Missing angles in polygons and on lines
  • Metric and imperial units
  • Area, perimeter and volume
  • Transformations
  • Ratio and proportion 
  • 2D and 3D shapes
  • Scale drawings, constructions and loci


Data Handling
 

  • Probability 
  • Averages
  • Two way tables
  • 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. 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:

Algebra 

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


Number
 

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


Shape and Space
 

  • Properties of 2D and 3D shapes
  • Measures and co-ordinates 
  • Transformations 
  • Angle properties and angles in polygons
  • Scale drawings, constructions and loci
  • Surface area and volume


Data Handling
 

  • Design survey 
  • Two-way tables 
  • Display and collecting data
  • Comparing distributions with averages
  • Probability 

Students will be assessed using the new GCSE grading system 1-9. At the end of the units covered, pupils will complete a unit assessment to test their understanding and find areas for improvement. At the end of year 9, they will complete an end of year assessment on all areas covered throughout the year.

Year 10

Students will be studying the Edexcel GCSE Mathematics course graded 1-9 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.

Pupils will cover all GCSE aspects of number, algebra, shape and data pitched at the appropriate level for the individuals. They will build on and develop their understanding from Key Stage 3 allowing them to achieve and access the GCSE examinations to the best of their ability.

To ensure that students are at the correct level, regular assessment using examination criteria takes place. From the examinations, the pupils will be provided with a gap analysis to show them where their areas of strength and improvements are. This will ensure that pupils can focus their outside of school revision sessions appropriately.

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. As with year 10, the pupils will receive a gap analysis after each examination to focus their revision. This is also used to support the teacher planning of lessons to ensure that lessons are based on where the pupils’ areas of weaknesses are, to improve their understanding.

More details on the GCSE 1-9 mathematics: Edexcel scheme of work

Year 12/13 GCSE

Those pupils who did not achieve at least grade 4 (grade C equivalent) at GCSE, mathematics will be required to continue their GCSE through year 12. In this time, their areas of weaknesses from the examination they sat in year 11 will be used to improve their understanding. Those pupils who have achieved a grade 3 (grade D equivalent) will be re-sitting the GCSE exam in November, but will continue lessons until the results arrive in January. Those pupils who did not achieve a grade 3 in the summer, as well as those who did not achieve a grade 4 in the November paper, will be sitting their re-sit in the summer of year 12. Those pupils who still do not achieve a grade 4 by the end of year 12 will need to then re-sit the GCSE again in year 13.

Year 13 A level

Current year 13 are completing their second year of A-level study, which 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 pupils will be completing either a decision module or a mechanics module.

Regular assessment against examination criteria will take place.

Scheme of Work Summary:

Core:

  • 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


Mechanics:

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


Decision:

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


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