 # Mathematics

### Aims

Mathematics is an all-encompassing skill that allows us to thrive in every area of life.  With Mathematics at the forefront of all research and development in today’s society, we aim to give students the opportunity to express their thinking in lessons where learning is student-centred and not teacher-centred, but a learning process that involves everyone.

Through a mixed and diverse curriculum, we offer students the chance to develop the skills required to facilitate learning across their choices of subjects and in daily life with a focus on pupil progress and to ensure each students fulfil their mathematical potential.

Students are challenged to work both collaboratively and independently, with a focus on problem solving and mathematical reasoning.

### Key Stage 3

We operate a two-year Key Stage 3 which is designed to consolidate the skills learnt in primary school and prepare the Years 7 & 8 with a smooth transition toward the new GCSE curriculum.  The table below shows the content of our Key Stage 3.

 Term 1 (Autumn) Term 2 (Spring) Term 3 (Summer) Year 7 Calculations, checking and rounding Negative Numbers Expressions & Substitution Balancing & Equations Fractions Decimals & Approximation Percentages Ratio Probability Angles 2D Shapes, Area & Perimeter Multiples, Factors, Powers & Roots Patterns & Sequences Coordinates & Constructions Functions & Graphs Symmetry & Transformations Using a Calculator Volume and 3D Shapes Collecting & Processing Data Averages Year 8 Angles & Polygons Pie Charts & Scatter Graphs Inequalities Expansion & Factorisation Forming & Solving Equations Percentages & Fractions Probability & Venn Diagrams Ratio, Proportion & Scaling Speed & Real Life Graphs Circles Volume, Surface Area & Density Distributions Standard Form Transformations Loci & Bearings Pythagoras' Theorem Straight-Line Graphs Algebraic Graphs Simultaneous Equations Rearranging Formulae Trigonometry Error in Measurement Rational & Real Numbers Congruence & Similarity Geometry & Measure Proof

### Key Stage 4

GCSE Mathematics is a compulsory subject taken by every student.  To meet the demand of the new GCSE (9-1) curriculum, we operate a three-year Key stage 4 curriculum starting in Year 9.  Students either follow the foundation tier course where they can get grades 1 to 5, or the higher tier course where they can get grades 4 to 9 at the end of Year 11. The table below shows the content of our Key Stage 4.

 Term 1 (Autumn) Term 2 (Spring) Term 3 (Summer) Year 9 Foundation tier course UNIT 1: Number, powers, decimals, HCF and LCM, roots and rounding UNIT 2: Expressions, substituting into simple formulae, expanding and factorising UNIT 3: Drawing and interpreting graphs, tables and charts UNIT 4: Fractions and percentages UNIT 5: Equations, inequalities and sequences UNIT 6: Angles, polygons and parallel lines UNIT 7: Averages and range, sampling, collecting data, analysing data UNIT 8: Perimeter, area and volume 1 Year 9 Higher tier course UNIT 1: Powers, decimals, HCF and LCM, positive and negative, roots, rounding, reciprocals, standard form, indices and surds. UNIT 2: Expressions, substituting into simple formulae, expanding and factorising, equations, sequences and inequalities, simple proof UNIT 3: Averages and range, collecting data, representing data UNIT 4: Fractions, percentages, ratio and proportion UNIT 5: Angles, polygons, parallel lines; Right-angled triangles: Pythagoras and trigonometry UNIT 6: Real-life and algebraic linear graphs, quadratic and cubic graphs, the equation of a circle, plus rates of change and area under graphs made from straight lines UNIT 7: Perimeter, area and volume, plane shapes and prisms, circles, cylinders, spheres, cones; Accuracy and bounds UNIT 8: Transformations; Constructions: triangles, nets, plan and elevation, loci, scale drawings and bearings Year 10 Foundation tier course UNIT 9: Real-life and algebraic linear graphs UNIT 10: Transformations UNIT 11: Ratio and Proportion UNIT 12: Right-angled triangles: Pythagoras and trigonometry UNIT 13: Probability UNIT 14: Multiplicative reasoning:more percentages, rates of change, compound measures UNIT 15: Constructions: triangles, nets, plan and elevation, loci, scale drawings and bearings UNIT 16: Algebra: quadratic equations and graphs UNIT 17: Perimeter, area and volume 2: circles, cylinders, cones and spheres Year 10 Higher tier course UNIT 9: Algebra: Solving quadratic equations and inequalities, solving simultaneous equations algebraically UNIT 10: Probability UNIT 11: Multiplicative reasoning: direct and inverse proportion, relating to graph form for direct, compound measures, repeated proportional change UNIT 12: Similarity and congruence in 2D and 3D UNIT 13: Sine and cosine rules,  ab sin C, trigonometry and Pythagoras’ Theorem in 3D, trigonometric graphs, and accuracy and bounds UNIT 14: Statistics and sampling, cumulative frequency and histograms UNIT 15: Quadratics, expanding more than two brackets, sketching graphs, graphs of circles, cubes and quadratics UNIT 16: Circle theorems and circle geometry UNIT 17: Changing the subject of formulae (more complex), algebraic fractions, solving equations arising from algebraic fractions, rationalising surds, proof Term 1 (Autumn) Term 2 (Spring) Term 3 (Summer) Year 11 Foundation tier course UNIT 18: More fractions, reciprocals, standard form, zero and negative indices UNIT 19: Congruence, similarity and vectors UNIT 20: Rearranging equations, graphs of cubic and reciprocal functions and simultaneous equations Revision and GCSE Exams Practice Year 11 Higher tier course UNIT 18: Vectors and geometric proof UNIT 19: Direct and indirect proportion: using statements of proportionality, reciprocal and exponential graphs, rates of change in graphs, functions, transformations of graphs Revision and GCSE Exams Practice

Please note: There is an optional extra GCSE in Statistics.

### Useful websites for practice and exams preparations

 www.vle.mathswatch.com (request login details from your Mathematics teacher) www.mymaths.co.uk (request login details from your Mathematics teacher) http://www.mathsgenie.co.uk  http://www.onmaths.com 