Maths Overview

The Maths Department encourages students to achieve the highest possible standards and develop the ability to work independently. Our aims are:
  • To encourage an appreciation of the subject and enable students to become independent learners.
  • To increase motivation by providing authentic, meaningful and relevant learning experiences through STEM and Financial elements of learning.
  • To ensure deeper understanding of maths topics by frequent revisiting and practice.
Topics are divided by the number of hours spent on them so the following outlines are a guide only and denote the order of topics, not necessarily a hard and fast timetable.

GCSE study begins in Year 9. Students follow the EdExcel specification for Mathematics. Assessment is linear and takes place at the end of Year 11. Students sit three examinations covering non-calculator and calculator skills and a third examination focused on problem solving. Questions in each examination are designed to assess students understanding of the applications of Mathematics as well as the concepts involved.

Homework is set in line with the school policy. To support our students towards preparing for the GCSE from the start of their studies we have bought into the website Pearson Active Learn . This website allows appropriate homework to be set and has tutorial support too. Students who do not have access to the internet at home can use school facilities during lunch or after school. In addition extra classes are provided for Year 11 students to prepare them for the exam. This year these lessons take place after school on a Monday evening until 4pm.

Curriculum Overview

Term 1

September-OctoberOctober-December
Sets 1 & 2

We study:

  • Analysing and displaying data
  • Number skills

Skills we use:

  • Mode, median and range
  • Displaying data
  • Grouping data
  • Averages and comparing data
  • Line graphs and more bar charts
  • Spreadsheets
  • Mental maths
  • Addition and subtraction
  • Multiplication
  • Division
  • Finance: Time and money
  • Negative numbers
  • Factors, multiples and primes
  • Square and triangle numbers

Assessment:

  • Half term Test

Homework

We study:

  • TBC
  • TBC

Skills we use:

  • Functions
  • Simplifying expressions 1
  • Simplifying expressions 2
  • Writing expressions
  • STEM: Substituting into formulae
  • Writing formulae
  • Decimals and rounding
  • Length, mass and capacity
  • Scales and coordinates
  • Working with decimals mentally
  • Working with decimals
  • Perimeter
  • Area
  • STEM: More units

Assessment:

  • End of Term Test

Homework

Sets 3 & 4

We study:

  • Analysing and displaying data
  • Calculating

Skills we use:

  • Tables and pictograms
  • Bar charts
  • Grouped data
  • Mode and modal class
  • Range and median
  • Mean
  • Adding
  • Subtracting
  • Multiplying
  • Dividing
  • Multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000
  • Using the four operations
  • Positive and negative numbers

Assessment:

  • Half Term Test

Homework

We study:

  • Expressions, functions and formulae
  • Graphs

Skills we use:

  • Using functions
  • Function machines
  • Simplify expressions
  • Writing expressions
  • STEM: Using formulae
  • Writing formulae
  • Real-life graphs
  • Coordinates
  • Graphs of functions
  • STEM: Scientific graphs

Assessment:

  • End of Term Test

Homework

Term 2

January-FeburaryFebruary-April
Sets 1 & 2

We study:

  • Fractions
  • Probability

Skills we use:

  • Comparing fractions
  • Simplifying fractions
  • Working with fractions
  • Fractions and decimals
  • Understanding percentages
  • Percentages of amounts
  • The language of probability
  • Calculating probability
  • More probability calculations
  • Experimental probability
  • FINANCE: Expected outcomes

Assessment:

  • Half term Test

Homework

We study:

  • Ratio and proportion

Skills we use:

  • Direct proportion
  • Writing ratios
  • Using ratios
  • Scales and measures
  • Proportions and fractions
  • Proportions and percentages

Assessment:

  • End of Term Test

Homework

Sets 3 & 4

We study:

  • Factors and multiples
  • Decimals and measures

Skills we use:

  • Number rules and relationships
  • Multiples
  • Multiplication
  • Division
  • Solving problems
  • Factors and primes
  • Common factors and multiples
  • Estimates and measures
  • Decimal numbers
  • Metric units
  • Adding and subtracting decimals
  • Rounding
  • Multiplying and dividing decimals
  • FINANCE: Calculating with money

Assessment:

  • Half Term Test

Homework

We study:

  • Angles and lines

Skills we use:

  • Right angles and lines
  • Measuring angles 1
  • Measuring angles 2
  • Drawing and estimating angles
  • Putting angles together

Assessment:

  • End of Term Test

Homework

Term 3

April-JuneJune-July
Sets 1 & 2

We study:

  • Lines and angles
  • Sequences and graphs

Skills we use:

  • Lines, angles and triangles
  • Estimating, measuring and drawing angles
  • Drawing triangles accurately
  • STEM: Calculating angles
  • Angles in a triangle
  • Quadrilaterals
  • Sequences
  • Pattern sequences
  • Coordinates
  • Extending sequences
  • Straight-line graphs
  • Position-to-term rules

Assessment:

  • Half term Test

Homework

We study:

  • Transformations

Skills we use:

  • Congruency and enlargements
  • Symmetry
  • Reflection
  • Rotation
  • Translations and combined transformations

Assessment:

  • End of Term Test

Homework

Sets 3 & 4

We study:

  • Measuring and shapes
  • Fractions, decimals and percentages

Skills we use:

  • Shapes
  • Symmetry in shapes
  • More symmetry
  • Regular polygons
  • Perimeter
  • Area
  • Comparing fractions
  • Equivalent fractions
  • Calculating with fractions
  • Adding and subtracting fractions
  • Introducing percentages
  • FINANCE: Finding percentages

Assessment:

  • Half Term Test

Homework

We study:

  • Transformations

Skills we use:

  • Enlargement
  • Rotation
  • Translation

Assessment:

  • End of Term Test

Homework

Term 1

September-OctoberOctober-December
Sets 1 & 2

We study:

  • Number
  • Area and volume

Skills we use:

  • Calculations
  • Calculating with negative integers
  • Powers and roots
  • Powers, roots and brackets
  • Theta 3: 2.1 Substituting into expressions
  • Multiples and factors
  • Area of a triangle
  • Area of a parallelogram and trapezium
  • Volume of cubes and cuboids
  • 3D shapes
  • Surface area of cubes and cuboids
  • Problems and measures

Assessment:

  • Half term Test

Homework

We study:

  • Expressions and equations
  • Real life graphs

Skills we use:

  • Algebraic powers
  • Expressions and brackets
  • Theta 3: 2.2 Writing expressions and formulae
  • Factorising expressions
  • One-step equations
  • Two-step equations
  • The balancing method
  • Conversion graphs
  • Distance-time graphs
  • Line graphs
  • Complex line graphs
  • STEM: Graphs of functions
  • More real-life graphs

Assessment:

  • End of Term Test

Homework

Sets 3 & 4

We study:

  • Number properties and calculations
  • Shapes and measures in 3D

Skills we use:

  • Adding and subtracting with larger numbers
  • More calculations
  • Negative numbers
  • STEM: Writing ratios
  • Using ratios to solve problems
  • Multiplicative reasoning
  • 3D solids
  • Nets of 3D solids
  • Surface area
  • Volume
  • Working with measures

Assessment:

  • Half Term Test

Homework

We study:

  • Statistics
  • Expressions and equations

Skills we use:

  • Planning a survey
  • Data collection sheets
  • Interpreting bar charts
  • Drawing bar charts
  • STEM: Pie charts
  • Simplifying expressions
  • Functions
  • Solving equations
  • Using brackets

Assessment:

  • End of Term Test

Homework

Term 2

January-FeburaryFebruary-April
Sets 1 & 2

We study:

  • Decimals and ratio
  • Lines and angles

Skills we use:

  • Ordering decimals and rounding
  • Place-value calculations
  • Calculations with decimals
  • Ratio and proportion with decimals
  • STEM: Using ratios
  • Quadrilaterals
  • Alternate angles and proof
  • Geometrical problems
  • Exterior and interior angles
  • Solving geometric problems

Assessment:

  • Half term Test

Homework

We study:

  • Calculating with fractions

Skills we use:

  • Adding and subtracting fractions
  • Multiplying fractions
  • Fractions, decimals and reciprocals
  • Dividing fractions
  • Calculating with mixed numbers

Assessment:

  • End of Term Test

Homework

Sets 3 & 4

We study:

  • Decimal calculations
  • Angles

Skills we use:

  • Adding and subtracting decimals
  • Multiplying decimals
  • Ordering and rounding decimals
  • STEM: Problem-solving with decimals
  • Measuring and drawing angles
  • Vertically opposite angles
  • Angles in triangles
  • Drawing triangles accurately
  • Designing nets

Assessment:

  • Half Term Test

Homework

We study:

  • Number Properties

Skills we use:

  • Squares, cubes and roots
  • Calculating with brackets and indices
  • LCM and HCF
  • Prime factor decomposition

Assessment:

  • End of Term Test

Homework

Term 3

April-JuneJune-July
Sets 1 & 2

We study:

  • Straight line graphs
  • Percentages, decimals and fractions

Skills we use:

  • Direct proportion on graphs
  • Gradients
  • Equations of straight lines
  • STEM: Direct proportion problems
  • Fractions and decimals
  • Equivalent proportions
  • Writing percentages
  • Percentages of amounts
  • FINANCE: Solving problems

Assessment:

  • Half term Test

Homework

We study:

  • Statistics, graphs and charts

Skills we use:

  • Theta 3 lesson 3.1 Planning a survey
  • Theta 3 lesson 3.2 Collecting data
  • Pie charts
  • Using tables
  • Stem and leaf diagrams
  • Comparing data
  • Scatter graphs
  • FINANCE: Misleading graphs

Assessment:

  • End of Term Test

Homework

Sets 3 & 4

We study:

  • Sequences
  • Fractions and percentages

Skills we use:

  • Generating sequences
  • Extending sequences
  • Special sequences
  • Position-to-term rules
  • Finding the nth term
  • Comparing fractions
  • Fractions of amounts
  • Adding and subtracting fractions
  • Fractions and percentages
  • Calculating percentages
  • STEM: Percentages and proportion

Assessment:

  • Half Term Test

Homework

We study:

  • Probability

Skills we use:

  • The language of probability
  • Outcomes
  • Probability calculations
  • Experimental probability
  • FINANCE: Comparing probabilities

Assessment:

  • End of Term Test

Homework

Term 1

September-OctoberOctober-December
Sets 1 & 2

We study:

  • Number

Skills we use:

  • Number problems and reasoning
  • Place value and estimating
  • HCF and LCM
  • Calculating with powers (indices)
  • Zero, negative and fractional indices
  • Powers of 10 and standard form
  • Surds

Assessment:

  • Half term Test

Homework

We study:

  • Algebra

Skills we use:

  • Algebraic indices
  • Expanding and factorising
  • Equations
  • Formulae
  • Linear sequences
  • Non-linear sequences
  • More expanding and factorising

Assessment:

  • End of Term Test

Homework

Sets 3 & 4

We study:

  • Number calculations
  • Number

Skills we use:

  • Adding and subtracting
  • Multiplying
  • Dividing
  • Multiplying and dividing negative numbers
  • Squares, cubes and roots
  • Calculations
  • Recurring decimals
  • Calculations
  • Decimal numbers
  • Place value
  • Factors and multiples
  • Squares, cubes and roots
  • Index notation
  • Prime factors

Assessment:

  • Half Term Test

Homework

We study:

  • Algebra

Skills we use:

  • Algebraic expressions
  • Simplifying expressions
  • Substitution
  • Formulae
  • Expanding brackets
  • Factorising
  • Using expressions and formulae

Assessment:

  • End of Term Test

Homework

Term 2

January-FeburaryFebruary-April
Sets 1 & 2

We study:

  • Interpreting and representing data
  • Fractions, ratio and percentages

Skills we use:

  • Statistical diagrams 1
  • Time series
  • Scatter graphs
  • Line of best fit
  • Averages and range
  • Statistical diagrams 2
  • Fractions
  • Ratios
  • Ratio and proportion
  • Percentages
  • Fractions, decimals and percentages

Assessment:

  • Half term Test

Homework

We study:

  • Angles and trigonometry

Skills we use:

  • Angle properties of triangles and quadrilaterals
  • Interior angles of a polygon
  • Exterior angles of a polygon
  • Pythagoras’ theorem 1
  • Pythagoras’ theorem 2
  • Trigonometry 1
  • Trigonometry 2

Assessment:

  • End of Term Test

Homework

Sets 3 & 4

We study:

  • Graphs, tables and charts
  • Fractions and percentages

Skills we use:

  • Frequency tables
  • Two-way tables
  • Representing data
  • Time series
  • Stem and leaf diagrams
  • Pie charts
  • Scatter graphs
  • Line of best fit
  • Working with fractions
  • Operations with fractions
  • Multiplying fractions
  • Dividing fractions
  • Fractions and decimals
  • Fractions and percentages
  • Calculating percentages 1
  • Calculating percentages 2

Assessment:

  • Half Term Test

Homework

We study:

  • Equations and inequalities

Skills we use:

  • Solving equations 1
  • Solving equations 2
  • Solving equations with brackets
  • Introducing inequalities
  • More inequalities
  • More formulae
  • Generating sequences
  • Using the nth term of a sequence

Assessment:

  • End of Term Test

Homework

Term 3

April-JuneJune-July
Sets 1 & 2

We study:

  • Graphs
  • Area and volume

Skills we use:

  • Linear graphs
  • More linear graphs
  • Graphing rates of change
  • Real-life graphs
  • Line segments
  • Quadratic graphs
  • Cubic and reciprocal graphs
  • More graphs
  • Perimeter and area
  • Units and accuracy
  • Prisms
  • Circles
  • Sectors of circles
  • Cylinders and spheres
  • Pyramids and cones

Assessment:

  • Half term Test

Homework

We study:

  • Transformations and constructions

Skills we use:

  • 3D solids
  • Reflection and rotation
  • Enlargement
  • Transformations and combinations of transformations
  • Bearings and scale drawings
  • Constructions 1
  • Constructions 2
  • Loci

Assessment:

  • End of Term Test

Homework

Sets 3 & 4

We study:

  • Angles
  • Averages and range

Skills we use:

  • Properties of shapes
  • Angles in parallel lines
  • Angles in triangles
  • Exterior and interior angles
  • More exterior and interior angles
  • Geometrical patterns
  • Mean and range
  • Mode, median and range
  • Types of average
  • Estimating the mean
  • Sampling

Assessment:

  • Half Term Test

Homework

We study:

  • Perimeter, area and volume

Skills we use:

  • Rectangles, parallelograms and triangles
  • Trapezia and changing units
  • Area of compound shapes
  • Surface area of 3D solids
  • Volume of prisms
  • More volume and surface area

Assessment:

  • End of Term Test

Homework

Term 1

September-OctoberOctober-December
Sets 1 & 2

We study:

  • Equations
  • Probability

Skills we use:

  • Solving quadratic equations 1
  • Solving quadratic equations 2
  • Completing the square
  • Solving simple simultaneous equations
  • More simultaneous equations
  • Solving linear and quadratic simultaneous equations
  • Solving linear inequalities
  • Combined events
  • Mutually exclusive events
  • Experimental probability
  • Independent events and tree diagrams
  • Conditional probability
  • Venn diagrams and set notation

Assessment:

  • Half term Test

Homework

We study:

  • Multiplicative Reasoning

Skills we use:

  • Growth and decay
  • Compound measures
  • More compound measures
  • Ratio and proportion

Assessment:

  • End of Term Test

Homework

Sets 3 & 4

We study:

  • Graphs
  • Transformations

Skills we use:

  • Coordinates
  • Linear graphs
  • Gradient
  • y=mx + c
  • Real-life graphs
  • Distance-time graphs
  • More real-life graphs
  • Translation
  • Reflection
  • Rotation
  • Enlargement
  • Describing enlargements
  • Combining transformations

Assessment:

  • Half Term Test

Homework

We study:

  • Ratio and proportion

Skills we use:

  • Writing ratios
  • Using ratios 1
  • Ratios and measures
  • Using ratios 2
  • Comparing using ratios
  • Using proportion
  • Proportion and graphs
  • Proportion problems

Assessment:

  • End of Term Test

Homework

Term 2

January-FeburaryFebruary-April
Sets 1 & 2

We study:

  • Similarity and Congruence
  • More trigonometry

Skills we use:

  • Congruence
  • Geometric proof and congruence
  • Similarity
  • Similarity in 3D solids
  • Accuracy
  • Graph of the sine function
  • Graph of the cosine function
  • The tangent function
  • Calculating areas and the sine rule
  • The cosine rule and 2D trigonometric problems
  • Solving problems in 3D
  • Transforming trigonometric graphs 1
  • Transforming trigonometric graphs 2

Assessment:

  • Half term Test

Homework

We study:

  • Further statistics

Skills we use:

  • Sampling
  • Cumulative frequency
  • Box plots
  • Drawing histograms
  • Interpreting histograms
  • Comparing and describing populations

Assessment:

  • End of Term Test

Homework

Sets 3 & 4

We study:

  • Right angled triangles
  • Probability

Skills we use:

  • Pythagoras' theorem 1
  • Pythagoras' theorem 2
  • Trigonometry: the sine ratio 1
  • Trigonometry: the sine ratio 2
  • Trigonometry: the cosine ratio
  • Trigonometry: the tangent ratio
  • Finding lengths and angles using trigonometry
  • Calculating probability
  • Two events
  • Experimental probability
  • Venn diagrams
  • Tree diagrams
  • More tree diagrams

Assessment:

  • Half Term Test

Homework

We study:

  • Multiplicative reasoning

Skills we use:

  • Percentages
  • Growth and decay
  • Compound measures
  • Distance, speed and time
  • Direct and inverse proportion

Assessment:

  • End of Term Test

Homework

Term 3

April-JuneJune-July
Sets 1 & 2

We study:

  • Equations and graphs
  • Circle theorems

Skills we use:

  • Solving simultaneous equations graphically
  • Representing inequalities graphically
  • Graphs of quadratic functions
  • Solving quadratic equations graphically
  • Graphs of cubic functions
  • Radii and chords
  • Tangents
  • Angles in circles 1
  • Angles in circles 2
  • Applying circle theorems

Assessment:

  • Half term Test

Homework

We study:

  • More algebra

Skills we use:

  • Rearranging formulae
  • Algebraic fractions
  • Simplifying algebraic fractions
  • More algebraic fractions
  • Surds
  • Solving algebraic fraction equations
  • Functions
  • Proof

Assessment:

  • End of Term Test

Homework

Sets 3 & 4

We study:

  • Construction, loci and bearings
  • Quadratic equations and graphs

Skills we use:

  • 3D solids
  • Plans and elevations
  • Accurate drawings 1
  • Scale drawings and maps
  • Accurate drawings 2
  • Constructions
  • Loci and regions
  • Bearings
  • Expanding double brackets
  • Plotting quadratic graphs
  • Using quadratic graphs
  • Factorising quadratic expressions
  • Solving quadratic equations algebraically

Assessment:

  • Half term Test

Homework

We study:

  • Perimeter, area and volume 2

Skills we use:

  • Circumference of a circle 1
  • Circumference of a circle 2
  • Area of a circle
  • Semicircles and sectors
  • Composite 2D shapes and cylinders
  • Pyramids and cones
  • Spheres and composite solids

Assessment:

  • End of Term Test

Homework

Term 1

September-OctoberOctober-December
Sets 1 & 2

We study:

  • Vectors and geometric proof

Skills we use:

  • Vectors and vector notation
  • Vector arithmetic
  • More vector arithmetic
  • Parallel vectors and collinear points
  • Solving geometric problems

Assessment:

  • Half term Test

Homework

We study:

  • Proportion and graphs

Skills we use:

  • Direct proportion
  • More direct proportion
  • Inverse proportion
  • Exponential functions
  • Non-linear graphs
  • Translating graphs of functions
  • Reflecting and stretching graphs of functions

Assessment:

  • Mock exams

Homework

Sets 3 & 4

We study:

  • Fractions, indices and standard form
  • Congruence, similarity and vectors

Skills we use:

  • Multiplying and dividing fractions
  • The laws of indices
  • Writing large numbers in standard form
  • Writing small numbers in standard form
  • Calculating with standard form
  • Similarity and enlargement
  • More similarity
  • Using similarity
  • Congruence 1
  • Congruence 2
  • Vectors 1
  • Vectors 2

Assessment:

  • Half Term Test

Homework

We study:

  • More algebra

Skills we use:

  • Graphs of cubic and reciprocal functions
  • Non-linear graphs
  • Solving simultaneous equations graphically
  • Solving simultaneous equations algebraically
  • Rearranging formulae
  • Proof

Assessment:

  • Mock exams

Homework

Term 2

January-FeburaryFebruary-April
Sets 1 & 2

We study:

  • Past papers

Skills we use:

  • Understanding the question
  • Learning from previous mistakes
  • Revision skills
  • Timing

Assessment:

  • Half term Test

Homework

We study:

  • Past papers

Skills we use:

  • Understanding the question
  • Learning from previous mistakes
  • Revision skills
  • Timing

Assessment:

  • Mock exams

Homework

Sets 3 & 4

We study:

  • Past papers

Skills we use:

  • Understanding the question
  • Learning from previous mistakes
  • Revision skills
  • Timing

Assessment:

  • Half term Test

Homework

We study:

  • Past papers

Skills we use:

  • Understanding the question
  • Learning from previous mistakes
  • Revision skills
  • Timing

Assessment:

  • Mock exams

Homework

Term 3

April-JuneJune-July
Sets 1 & 2

We study:

  • Past papers

Skills we use:

  • Understanding the question
  • Learning from previous mistakes
  • Revision skills
  • Timing

Assessment:

  • Half term Test

Homework

We study:

  • Past papers

Skills we use:

  • Understanding the question
  • Learning from previous mistakes
  • Revision skills
  • Timing

Assessment:

  • GCSE exams

Homework

Sets 3 & 4

We study:

  • Past papers

Skills we use:

  • Understanding the question
  • Learning from previous mistakes
  • Revision skills
  • Timing

Assessment:

  • Half term Test

Homework

We study:

  • Past papers

Skills we use:

  • Understanding the question
  • Learning from previous mistakes
  • Revision skills
  • Timing

Assessment:

  • GCSE exams

Homework

Examination Details

Mathematics (9-1)

Contact: Mr N. Davies
Applies to: Year 10 & 11
Course Type: GCSE
Exam Board: Pearson
Spec Code: 1MA1
Specification: Download