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Welcome to the Maths Department: Curriculum Information 2018 - 2019

Mrs J Betteridge

Curriculum Leader

The Team:

Mrs Kathryn Uffindell                    Assistant Curriculum Leader
Ms Liz Miller                                       Lead Teacher
Ms Lesley Danks                              Classroom Teacher
Mr David Weaver                             Classroom Teacher
Mr Luke Whatmough                     Classroom Teacher
Dr Nick Driver                                   Classroom Teacher
Mrs Linda Hustler                           Classroom Teacher
Mrs Anna Quigley                           Classroom Teacher
Mr Daniel Heaven-Gandy            Trainee Teacher


Introduction to the Department:

In the Mathematics Department we aim to help students build up their confidence in using mathematical skills and processes and applying them in problem solving.  We endeavour to help make the transition from primary to secondary school as smooth as possible, and this year are using KS2 SATS results and our own baseline line assessment in the first couple of weeks to set the students.

Key Stage 3 Information:

In Key Stage 3 we are constantly developing our curriculum to make it dynamic and relevant to the students we teach.  Our KS3 curriculum has five main strands; Number, Algebra, Ratio and Proportion, Geometry, and Statistics.

Key mathematical skills are tested regularly while formal assessments take place every half term.

Students in Year 7 take part in weekly “Times Table Rock Stars” challenges during tutor time and as a starter activity in 2 of their weekly maths lessons. Students in year 8 will take part in Numeracy Ninjas during tutor time.

Homework is set on a weekly basis.

Key Stage 3 Overview:

Year 7


Year 8

1 Analysing and displaying data

Autumn 1

1  Number properties and calculations

2 Calculating - including factors and multiples

Autumn 1

2 Shapes and measures in 3D  - area and volume

Half term test

3 Expressions functions and formulae

Autumn 2

3 Pythagoras theorem

4 Angles, lines and 2D shapes

Autumn 2

4 Expressions and equations

End of term test

5 Fractions decimals and percentages

Spring 1

5 Fractions decimals and percentages

6 Sequences

Spring 1

6 Probability

Half term test

7 Decimals and measures

Spring 2

7 Lines and angles

8 Ratio and proportion

Spring 2

8 Straight line graphs

End of term test

9 Equations

Summer 1

9 Calculating with decimals

10 Perimeter, area, volume and measures

Summer 1

10 Measures - including compound measures

Half term test

11 Real Life Graphs

Summer 2

11 Statistics

12 Transformations

Summer 2

End of term project - finance related

End of year/term test x 2



























KS3 to KS4 Summative Attainment to GCSE Grades


Band at the end of KS3

Most likely outcome at GCSE given KS3 attainment

Effect of attitude and effort on possible GCSE grade

Negative behaviour towards learning

Positive behaviour towards learning

















NOTE: The above is a general outline of the KS3 Mathematics Curriculum.

Key Stage 4 Information:

At Key Stage 4, students enter one of two pathways, Higher or Foundation, based on their potential and their endeavour throughout Key Stage 3. There is a considerable overlap in the content of these 2 pathways. This allows plenty of time for students to master the skills needed before a final decision on which tier they will sit for the exam in year 11 has to be made.

Homework is set on a weekly basis.

Assessment in KS4 Maths:

In KS4, pupils will be formally assessed once a term. Their attainment will be measured against the exam board GCSE criteria and students will be graded in line with GCSE grade boundaries. (There will be other smaller assessments during each term).

KS3 results and ongoing assessment will determine which tier of assessment band your son/daughter will start on for KS4. This tier may change as students progress KS4 depending on their individual progress. 

Examination Board used:

We use the Edexcel exam board for Mathematics.

Qualification to be obtained:

GCSE Mathematics

Other Information

Students from all years take part in the national challenge run annual by: