Maths

Course Overview: Mathematics

Mathematics is taught for three hours per week at KS3 and 4 hours per week at KS4. Students are grouped according to their ability. All five strands of the curriculum are covered - Number, Ratio/Proportion, Algebra, Geometry and Data Handling.

Year 7

Half Term 1

Unit 1 – Number Skills (sets 1 and 2), Calculation (set 3).

Unit 2 – Analysing and Displaying Data (all sets).

Half Term 2

Unit 3 – Equations, Functions and Formulae (set 1), Expressions, Functions and Formulae (sets 2 and 3).

Unit 4 – Fractions (set 1), Decimals and Measures (set 2), Graphs (set 3).

Assessment of Units 1-4.

Half Term 3

Unit 5 – Angles and Shapes (set 1), Fractions (set 2), Factors and Multiples (set 3).

Unit 6 – Decimals (set 1), Probability (set 2), Decimals and Measures.

Half Term 4

Unit 7 – Equations (set 1), Ratio and Proportion (set 2), Angles and Lines (set 3).

Assessment of Units 5-7.

Half Term 5

Unit 8 – Multiplicative Reasoning (set 1), Lines and Angles (set 2), Measuring and Shapes (set 3).

Unit 9 – Perimeter, Area and Volume (set 1), Sequences and Graphs (set 2), Fractions, Decimals and Percentages (set 3).

Half Term 6

Unit 10 – Sequences and Graphs (set 1), Transformations (sets 2 and 3).

Assessment of Units 8-10.

Year 8

Half Term 1

Unit 1 – Factors and Powers (set 1), Number (set 2), Number Properties and Calculations (set 3).

Unit 2 – Working with Powers (set 1), Area and Volume (set 2), Shapes and Measures in 3D (set 3).

Half Term 2

Unit 3 – 2D shapes and 3D solids (set 1), Statistics, Graphs and Charts (set 2), Statistics (set 3).

Unit 4 - Real Life Graphs (set 1), Expressions and Equations (set 2), Expressions and Equations (set 3).

Assessment of Units 1-4.

Half Term 3

Unit 5 – Transformations (set 1), Real Life Graphs (set 2), Decimal Calculations (set 3).

Unit 6 – Fractions, Decimals and Percentages (set 1), Decimals and Ratio (set 2), Angles (set 3).

Half Term 4

Unit 7 – Constructions and Loci (set 1), Lines and Angles (set 2), Number Properties (set 3).

Assessment of Units 5-7.

Half Term 5

Unit 8 – Probability (set 1), Calculating with Fractions (set 2), Sequences (set 3).

Unit 9 – Scale Drawings and Measures (set 1), Straight Line Graphs (set 2), Fractions and Percentages (set 3).

Half Term 6

Unit 10 – Graphs (set 1), Percentages, Decimals and Fractions (set 2), Probability (set 3).

Assessment of Units 8-10.

Course Overview: Mathematics

Mathematics is taught for four hours per week at Key Stage 4. Students are grouped according to ability. All students sit the Edexcel Mathematics GCSE (1MA1) at the end of year 11.

The qualification consists of three equally-weighted written examination papers at either Foundation tier or Higher tier. Paper 1 is a non-calculator assessment and a calculator is allowed for Paper 2 and Paper 3. Each paper is 1 hour and 30 minutes long. Each paper has 80 marks. The content outlined for each tier will be assessed across all three papers.

The qualification will be graded and certificated on a nine-grade scale from 9 to 1 using the total mark across all three papers where 9 is the highest grade. Grades 1 to 5 are available at foundation tier. Grades 3 to 9 are available at higher tier.

Foundation tier topic weightings: Number 25%; Algebra 20%; Ratio, Proportion and Rates of change 25%; Geometry and Measures 15%; Statistics & Probability 15%.

Higher tier topic weightings: Number 15%; Algebra 30%; Ratio, Proportion and Rates of change 20%; Geometry and Measures 20%; Statistics & Probability 15%.

Year 9

Half Term 1

Unit 1 – Powers and Roots (sets 1 and 2), Indices and Standard Form (sets 3 and 4), Number Calculations (sets 5 and 6).

Unit 2 – Quadratics (sets 1 and 2), Expressions and Formulae (sets 3 and 4), Sequences and Equations (sets 5 and 6).

Half Term 2

Unit 3 – Inequalities, Functions and Formulae (sets 1 and 2), Dealing with Data (sets 3 and 4), Statistics (sets 5 and 6).

Unit 4 – Collecting and Analysing Data (sets 1 and 2), Multiplicative Reasoning (sets 3 and 4), Fractions, Decimals and Percentages (sets 5 and 6).

Assessment of Units 1-4.

Half Term 3

Unit 5 – Multiplicative Reasoning (sets 1 and 2), Constructions (sets 3 and 4), Geometry in 2D and 3D (sets 5 and 6).

Unit 6 – Non Linear Graphs (sets 1 and 2), Equations, Inequality and Proportionality (sets 3 and 4), Algebraic and Real Life Graphs (sets 5 and 6).

Half Term 4

Unit 7 – Accuracy and Measures (sets 1 and 2), Circles, Pythagoras and Prisms (sets 3 and 4), Multiplicative Reasoning (sets 5 and 6).

Assessment of Units 5-7.

Half Term 5

Unit 8 – Graphical Solutions (sets 1 and 2), Sequences and Graphs (sets 3 and 4), Algebraic and Geometric Formulae (sets 5 and 6).

Unit 9 – Trigonometry (sets 1 and 2), Probability (sets 3, 4, 5 and 6).

Half Term 6

Unit 10 – Mathematical Reasoning (sets 1 and 2), Comparing Shapes (sets 3 and 4), Polygons and Transformations (sets 5 and 6).

Assessment of Units 8-10.



Year 10

Half Term 1

Foundation:

  • Unit 1 – Number
  • Unit 2 – Algebra
  • Unit 3 – Graphs, Tables and Charts

Higher:

  • Unit 1 – Number
  • Unit 2 - Algebra

Half Term 2

Foundation:

  • Unit 4 - Fractions and Percentages
  • Assessment of Units 1-4
  • Unit 5 – Equations, Inequalities, Sequences

Higher:

  • Unit 3 – Interpreting and Representing Data
  • Unit 4 – Fractions, Ratios, Percentages
  • Assessment of Units 1-4
  • Unit 5 – Angles and Trigonometry

Half Term 3

Foundation:

  • Unit 6 – Angles
  • Unit 7 – Averages and Range
  • Unit 8 – Perimeter, Area and Volume 1

Higher:

  • Unit 6 – Graphs
  • Unit 7 – Area and Volume

Half Term 4

Foundation:

  • Assessment of Units 5-8
  • Unit 9 – Graphs
  • Unit 10 – Transformations

Higher:

  • Unit 8 – Transformations and Constructions
  • Assessment of Units 5-8
  • Unit 9 - Equations and Inequalities

Half Term 5

Foundation:

  • Unit 11 – Ratio and Proportion
  • Unit 12 – Right Angled Triangles

Higher:

  • Unit 10 – Probability
  • Unit 11 – Multiplicative Reasoning

Half Term 6

Foundation:

  • Assessment of Units 9-12
  • Unit 13 – Probability
  • Unit 14 – Multiplicative Reasoning

Higher:

  • Unit 12 – Similarity and Congruence
  • Assessment of Units 9-12
  • Unit 13 – More Trigonometry


Year 11

Half Term 1

Foundation:

  • Unit 15 – Constructions, Loci and Bearings
  • Unit 16 – Quadratic Equations and Graphs
  • Unit 17 – Perimeter, Area and Volume 2

Higher:

  • Unit 14 – Further Statistics
  • Unit 15 – Equations and Graphs
  • Unit 16 – Circle Theorems

Half Term 2

Foundation:

  • Unit 18 – Fractions, Indices, Standard Form
  • Unit 19 – Congruence, Similarity, Vectors
  • Mock Exam

Higher:

  • Unit 17 – More Algebra
  • Mock Exam
  • Unit 18 - Vectors

Half Term 3

Foundation:

  • Unit 20 – More Algebra
  • Revision

Higher:

  • Unit 19 – Proportion and Graphs
  • Revision

Half Term 4

Foundation:

  • Revision

Higher:

  • Revision

Course Components

The qualification consists of three equally-weighted written examination papers at either Foundation tier or Higher tier. Paper 1 is a non-calculator assessment and a calculator is allowed for Paper 2 and Paper 3. Each paper is 1 hour and 30 minutes long. Each paper has 80 marks. The content outlined for each tier will be assessed across all three papers.

The qualification will be graded and certificated on a nine-grade scale from 9 to 1 using the total mark across all three papers where 9 is the highest grade. Grades 1 to 5 are available at foundation tier. Grades 3 to 9 are available at higher tier.

Foundation tier topic weightings: Number 22 - 28%; Algebra 17 - 23%; Ratio, Proportion and Rates of change 22 - 28%; Geometry and Measures 12 - 18%; Statistics & Probability 12 - 18%.

Higher tier topic weightings: Number 12 - 18%; Algebra 27 - 33%; Ratio, Proportion and Rates of change 17 - 23%; Geometry and Measures 17 - 23%; Statistics & Probability 12 - 18%.

Course Information

Course Name: Mathematics
Qualification Type: GCSE
Awarding Body: Edexcel
Specification code: 1MA1

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After school clubs are provided for keen students who wish to stretch their abilities. Catch up and support is also offered on a one to one basis where necessary. Some of the support sessions, clubs and activities offered are:

Year 11 After School Revision (Timing Flexible)
Year 11 Morning Support (Invitation Only)
UKMT Mathematics Challenge (Years 7 & 8)