Mathematics Overview

"The young people in our classroom are infinitely more significant than the subjects we teach." ~ Meladee Mcarty

Key Stage 2

This term students will be focusing on:

Number and Place value (Recognise the place value of each digit in a four-digit number (thousands, hundreds, tens, and ones; Read, write, order and compare numbers to at least 1,000,000 and determine the value of each digit);

Addition and subtraction; (add and subtract numbers with up to 4 digits using the formal written methods of columnar addition and subtraction where appropriate; Estimate and use inverse operations to check answers to a calculation; Solve addition and subtraction two-step problems in contexts, deciding which operations and methods to use and why; Add and subtract whole numbers with more than 4 digits, including using formal written methods (columnar addition and subtraction); Add and subtract numbers mentally with increasingly large numbers; Use rounding to check answers to calculations and determine, in the context of a problem, levels of accuracy; solve addition & subtraction multi-step problems in contexts, deciding which operations & methods to use and why.)

Shape and Data; Compare /classify geometric shapes, incl. quadrilaterals and triangles, based on their properties/ size; Identify acute and obtuse angles and compare and order angles up to two right angles by size; Identify lines of symmetry in 2-D shapes presented in different orientations; Complete a simple symmetric figure with respect to a specific line of symmetry; Identify 3-D shapes, including cubes & other cuboids, from 2-D representations; Know angles are measured in degrees: estimate & compare acute, obtuse and reflex angles; identify angles at a point and one whole turn; Use the properties of rectangles to deduce related facts and find missing lengths and angles; Distinguish between regular and irregular polygons based on reasoning about equal sides and angles; identify, describe and represent the position of a shape following a reflection or translation, using the appropriate language, and know that the shape has not changed.

Key Stage 3




We work hard as a faculty to not only teach mathematical content and methods, we also create a positive learning environment that encourages enjoyment of our subject. It is important to develop constructive attitudes and build confidence in order to enable students to become independent thinkers.


During Key Stage 3 students will be studying topics from these main areas:

  • Number and Algebra
  • Shape, Space and Measure
  • Handling Data


Alongside the topics listed above, we also deliver the Cognitive Acceleration in Mathematics Education programme to Years 7 and 8, to build thinking skills and challenge their misconceptions.

We provide students with a solid foundation in their understanding to help them through their GCSEs.


Year 7:

We extend students understanding at Key Stage 2 further, familiarising them with more technical methods and vocabulary.


Year 8:

We link students classroom learning with the world around them, helping their understanding and realising relevance of Mathematics.


Year 9:

Students are prepared for Key Stage 4, they consolidate their knowledge and independent learning skills

Key Stage 4

Mathematics is fundamental to a person’s daily life. It plays a key role in the employment sector, as well as enabling citizen participation and social inclusion as services, products and information requires an element of mathematics.


Key aims

The GCSE Mathematics encourages students to develop confidence in, and a positive attitude towards, mathematics and to recognise the importance of mathematics in their own lives and to society. This qualification prepares students to make informed decisions about the use of technology, the management of money, further learning opportunities and career choices.


Knowledge and understanding

This Edexcel GCSE in Mathematics A qualification requires students to:

  • Develop knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts, including the course content:
    • Number
    • Algebra
    • Geometry
    • Measures
    • Statistics
    • Probability
  • Use their knowledge and understanding to make connections between mathematical concepts
  • Apply the functional elements of mathematics in everyday and real-life situations


Examination Board


The Edexcel GCSE in Mathematics A is a linear qualification partitioned into the foundation tier and the higher tier. Each tier is assessed by means of two examination papers – non-calculator and calculator papers, of which both are externally assessed. These make up 100% of the total GCSE.


Assessment Component

  • Two written papers: each contributes 50% of the final grade
  • Tiered papers
  • Foundation Tier grades C-G available
  • Higher Tier grades A*-D available (E allowed)
  • 1 hour 45 minutes (Foundation papers)
  • 1 hour 45 minutes (Higher papers)
  • 100 marks on each paper
  • Paper 1F and 1H: Non-calculator
  • Paper 2F and 2H: Calculator
  • The functional elements of mathematics are assessed on each paper:
    • 30-40% of the Foundation Tier papers
    • 20-30% of the Higher Tier papers.

A Level Maths

The course comprises equally weighted modules, with four compulsory Core modules and two options – Statistics and Mechanics.

Core modules focus on:

  • Algebra
  • Graphs and functions.

These modules offer students an excellent challenge in developing their knowledge and skills further. Statistics modules cover various methods of data analysis and representation and probability. Mechanics modules examine how to model particles in given situations and is closely linked with physics.

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