The full breadth of the National Curriculum covering the four strands of Number, Algebra, Geometry and Statistics.  The curriculum is broken into discrete units that cover, on average, 4-6 lessons each.

There are four strands in mathematics at Key stage 3 – Number, Algebra, Geometry and Statistics.  A unit of work will cover 5/6 lessons.

Each of these has to be put into problem solving contexts, and so a key emphasis will be on Using and Applying Mathematics in analysing data, explaining patterns, and problem solving.

Students will complete learning journals throughout the year. These will detail attainment and progress against individual lesson objectives and the learning outcomes attached to each unit of study,

Each Students will be working through a course of study that covers three National Curriculum levels. This might be 2-4, 3-5, 4-6, 5-7 or 6-8.

We would expect most students to progress from booklet to booklet as they move from Year 7 to Year 9. For example, a class that starts off working through the 3-5 booklet in year 7 should progress to the 4-6 booklet in year 8 and then the 5-7 in year 9.

At each stage there will be an element of consolidation of prior learning before the higher level skills are introduced.

Clear descriptions of the skills required at each level are provided to Students in their learning journals.




It is unlikely that your future job will involve solving complicated equations or knowing angles on parallel lines, but that is not the only reason we study Mathematics. We study Mathematics because it teaches us a way of thinking. Solving problems by being able to work with numbers and think logically, is useful in most everyday situations. From simple things such as deciding how many bottles of drink you can buy and how much change you should get, to more complex problems like investigating the spread of diseases or finding new methods to protect data online, maths is everywhere. What you learn in school will be very important for your future and will help you progress, whatever you choose to study.

Topics Covered:

GCSE Mathematics is split in to 6 main topic areas. The areas and some of the topics that will be studied are:

Number - Negative numbers, fractions, decimals

Algebra - Equations, graphs, sequences

Ratio, proportion and rates of change - Ratio and percentages

Geometry and measures - Perimeter, area, volume, trigonometry

Probability - Listing outcomes, experiments and tree diagrams

Statistics - Surveys, averages, scatter graphs All students will study content from each area across the 3 years.


The GCSE Mathematics exam consists of three equally weighted papers each 1 hour and 30 minutes long. Calculators are allowed on two of the three papers. There is no coursework. Students’ progress will be monitored throughout the course by a combination of shorter end of topic tests and longer end of term assessments. These will use exam style questions to increase confidence and give students feedback on what they need to do to improve.

Course Progression:

As well as maths skills, studying Mathematics improves your ability to think logically and solve problems, which means that it will help you to study lots of other subjects and pursue lots of different careers. Mathematics directly supports the study of subjects like Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, IT, Economics, Business and Biology. Also studying Mathematics with essay based subjects like English or History can help keep your options open for more jobs and university courses.


A good maths grade can open the door to a wide range of different careers. Engineering, Computer Science, Accountancy, Medicine, Dentistry, Finance, Architecture, Psychology, Construction and Teaching are just a few of the careers where maths is used, but the options are endless.

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