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Department Aims
The Maths department consists of nine wellqualified, subjectspecialist teachers and has seven specialist Maths classrooms, all of which are equipped with SMART interactive whiteboards.
We aim to provide all pupils with a broad and balanced mathematics education that adequately equips them for further education and the world of work. As a department, we are committed to delivering the mathematics curriculum effectively, using a variety of media and teaching styles which engage pupils and enable them to achieve their full potential.
We have integrated problem solving, multicultural and PSHE tasks into the curriculum both at key stage 3 and 4, promoting the use of mathematics in the world around us. We have also embedded literacy activities into our lessons to promote literacy across the curriculum. These skills have become increasingly important in the new GCSE.
Key Stage 3
The purpose of our KS3 is to continue the engagement and enjoyment of maths that most pupils experience in primary school. Are lessons feature fun and engaging problems and activities, with opportunities for pupils to explore mathematical concepts at a challenging but appropriate level for them.
Year 7:
At year 7 pupils are taught in the banded sets H, A, L (Upper band) G, R, E (Middle band) and N (Lower band.) With in these sets there is some mixed ability and pupils can expect to a variety of levels work using “Must, Should, Could.” We enjoy seeing pupils challenge themselves to improve along the levels of work.
We cover a range of topics from Number, Algebra, Geometry and Statistics at year 7.
A further outline can be seen below:
Number A 
Place Value, Ordering, Rounding, Estimating, Powers of 10, Negatives 
Number B 
Four operations, BIDMAS, Using a calculator 
Geometry A 
Properties of 2D and 3D shapes 
Geometry B 
Units, Perimeter and Area, Volume 
Algebra A 
Substitution, Deriving formulae, Collecting like terms, Brackets, Index numbers 
Algebra B 
Solving Equations, Trial and improvement 
Statistics A 
Designing surveys, Questionnaires, Collecting Data, Frequency Tables, Averages 
Statistics B 
Constructing and Interpreting statistical graphs 
PSHE 
Understanding money and finance 
At the end of year 7, pupils are assessed using GL assessments. This helps us reset them according to their mathematical ability in year 8.
Year 8:
At year 8 pupils are taught in parallel sets 14. The names of our two sets are “Turing” and “Johnson” based on two famous mathematicians – Alan Turing and Katherine Johnson. We spend some time exploring these mathematics work at KS3.
We cover a further range of topics from Number, Algebra, Geometry and Statistics at year 8.
An outline can be seen below:
Number C 
Factors, multiples and Primes, Powers, Index numbers 
Number D 
Fractions, Decimals and Percentages, Ratio and Proportion 
Geometry C 
Angles and Constructions 
Geometry D 
Transformations 
Algebra C 
Coordinates, Function machines, Mapping diagrams, Straight line graphs 
Algebra D 
Sequences 
Statistics C 
Probability 
PSHE 
Studying Money and Finance 
At the end of year 8, pupils are assessed using GL assessments. This helps us reset them according to their mathematical ability in preparation for year 9.
Key Stage 4:
The purpose of our KS4 is to build on knowledge and confidence in the concepts explored at KS3, preparing pupils for the requirements of the maths GCSE and recognising the importance of maths in their future – whatever they choose to do.
Maths is a core subject at GCSE, and is studied by all pupils during Years 9 to 11. All pupils follow the Edexcel Specification syllabus for Mathematics – either at higher or foundation level.
The higher tier is generally taught to sets 14 for pupils with targets between 9 to 4.
The foundation tier is generally taught to sets 58 for pupils with targets between 5 to 1.
The topics covered per tier are detailed below:
Higher Tier 
Foundation Tier 
Year 9 

Number – factors, multiples, surds, standard form 
Number – integers, decimals, primes, factors, multiples 
Algebra – rearranging, equations and sequences 
Algebra – expanding, factorising and substitution 
Statistics – averages, data and scatter graphs 
Statistics – tables, charts and graphs 
Number – fractions, percentages, ratio and proportion 
Fractions, decimals and percentages 
Geometry – angles, Pythagoras and trigonometry 
Statistics – questionnaires and averages 
Algebra – graphs 
Geometry – angles 
Geometry – transformations, constructions and loci 
Algebra – equations, inequalities and sequences 
Geometry – perimeter, area and volume 

Year 10 

Geometry – perimeter, area, volume, accuracy, bounds 
Algebra – graphs 
Algebra quadratic, simultaneous equations, inequalities 
Geometry – Transformations 
Statistics – probability 
Number – ratio and proportion 
Number – multiplicative reasoning 
Geometry – rightangled Pythagoras and trigonometry 
Geometry – similarity and congruence 
Statistics – probability 
Geometry – trigonometric graphs and functions 
Number – multiplicative reasoning 
Year 11 

Statisticscollect data, cumulative frequency, histograms 
Geometry – plans, elevations, constructions and loci 
Algebra – quadratics 
Algebra – quadratics expanding, factorising and graphs 
Geometry – circles, cylinders and spheres 
Geometry – circles, cylinders, spheres and cones 
Algebra – rearranging, proofs, surds, fractions 
Number – fractions, reciprocals, indices, standard form 
Geometry – vectors and geometric proofs 
Geometry – similarity, congruence and vectors 
Algebrareciprocal, exponential graphs, area under curve 
Algebra simultaneous equations, rearranging and graphs 
Pupils GCSE grade are determined by 3 final assessments at the end of year 11.
Paper 1 – Non calculator – 1 hour 30 minutes (80 marks)
Paper 2 – Calculator – 1 hour 30 minutes (80 marks)
Paper 3 – Calculator – 1 hour 30 minutes (80 marks)
All papers are equally weighted meaning they are worth 1/3 of the grade each.
There is no coursework or controlled assessment.
Some pupils in year 11 will also be entered for an Entry Level maths qualification.
For further details, please contact Ms J Hannan, Head of Maths or consult https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/subjects/mathematics.html
ExtraCurricular Opportunities
The maths department prides itself on offering a wide range of of extracurricular opportunities.
These include, but are not exclusively:
 Taking part in the UKMT Maths Challenge at both Junior (years 7 and 8) or Intermediate (years 9, 10 and 11.) This is a national multiple choice problem solving exam run by the University of Leeds.
 Collaborating with the schools of the South Area Network to take part in their years Year 9 Maths Challenge day.
 Attending Birmingham University for GCSE master classes – at all levels of ability.
 Weekly in school support clubs such as year 11 Maths Club and KS3/KS4 Homework clubs
 In addition, every student is bought access to an online package called MathsWatch which is used for weekly homework and revision support.