Key Stage 3
Our students are taught in ability based sets and these groupings are reviewed each half term following a core assessment. The aim of the National Curriculum is to enable students to develop mathematical fluency, the ability to reason mathematically and solve problems. The content is divided into six key areas of learning, and each of these is taught across Years 7 to 9.
Year 7  Year 8  Year 9  
Number 



Algebra 



Ratio, proportion and rates of change 



Geometry and Measures 



Probability 



Statistics 



Key Stage 4
Students are taught in ability based groups, with the majority of students being entered for the higher tier paper at the end of Year 11.
At Key Stage Four, students follow the 2 tier Edexcel GCSE Mathematics course and will follow either the Higher (Grades DA*) or Foundation (Grades GC) course. There is no coursework element in this subject.
The work done in Key Stage 4 follows on from the work in Key Stage 3. The topics covered in Key stage 4 are:
Foundation Tier
Integers and place value  Decimals  Indices, powers and roots 
Factors, multiples and primes  Algebra: the basics  Expanding and factorising single brackets 
Expressions and substitution into formulae  Tables  Charts and graphs 
Charts and graphs  Scatter graphs  Fractions 
Fractions, decimals and percentages  Percentages  Equations 
Inequalities  Sequences  Properties of shapes, parallel lines and angle facts 
Interior and exterior angles of polygons  Statistics and sampling  The averages 
Perimeter and area  3D forms and volume  Reallife graphs 
Straightline graphs  Transformations I: translations, rotations and reflections  Transformations II: enlargements and combinations 
Ratio  Proportion  Rightangled triangles: Pythagoras and trigonometry 
Probability I  Probability II  Multiplicative reasoning 
Plans and elevations  Constructions, loci and bearings  Quadratic equations: expanding and factorising 
Quadratic equations: graphs  Circles, cylinders, cones and spheres  Fractions and reciprocals 
Indices and standard form  Similarity and congruence in 2D  Vectors 
Rearranging equations, graphs of cubic and reciprocal functions and simultaneous equations 
Higher Tier
Calculations, checking and rounding  Indices, roots, reciprocals and hierarchy of operations  Factors, multiples and primes 
Standard form and surds  Algebra: the basics  Setting up, rearranging and solving equations 
Sequences  Averages and range  Representing and interpreting data 
Scatter graphs  Fractions  Percentages 
Ratio and proportion  Polygons, angles and parallel lines  Pythagoras’ Theorem and trigonometry 
Graphs: the basics and reallife graphs  Linear graphs and coordinate geometry  Quadratic, cubic and other graphs 
Perimeter, area and circles  3D forms and volume, cylinders, cones and spheres  Accuracy and bounds 
Transformations  Constructions, loci and bearings  Solving quadratic and simultaneous equations 
Inequalities  Probability  Multiplicative reasoning 
Similarity and congruence in 2D and 3D  Graphs of trigonometric functions  Further trigonometry 
Collecting data  Cumulative frequency, box plots and histograms  Quadratics, expanding more than two brackets, sketching graphs, graphs of circles, cubes and quadratics 
Circle theorems  Circle geometry  Changing the subject of formulae (more complex), algebraic fractions, solving equations arising from algebraic fractions, rationalising surds, proof 
Vectors and geometric proof  Reciprocal and exponential graphs; Gradient and area under graphs  Direct and inverse proportion 
The topics covered are the same, except that students are expected to go further and hone their skills picked up in Key Stage 3. In terms of national curriculum levels, a grade “C” is roughly equivalent to a level 7. The GCSE course covers grades “G” to “A*”.
Mathematics GCSE is a linear course and will be assessed in May/June at the end of Year 11 by a calculator and noncalculator paper. There are no modules and no controlled assessments. Internal assessments will be given throughout the year. Some students in Year 11 may also do the Statistics GCSE, this will consist of a controlled assessment element in addition to the terminal examination.
Qualification: GCSE Mathematics
Exam Board: Edexcel
Code: IMA01/IMA02