Curriculum

MATHEMATICS

Mathematics is diverse, engaging and essential in equipping pupils with the right skills to reach their future destination, whatever that may be. Our aim is to enable pupils to build a secure framework of mathematical reasoning, which they can use and apply with confidence. Our maths curriculum allows pupils to develop fluent knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts. They are able to acquire, select and apply mathematical techniques to solve problems and reason mathematically, making deductions and inferences, and drawing conclusions. We set challenging targets in conjunction with high expectations for all pupils; targets which we hope to achieve through a variety of teaching and learning practices to engage and motivate pupils.
Mathematics at KS3
Year 7 Year 8
  • Mental and written calculation
  • Place value and decimals
  • Fractions and percentages
  • Using algebra- expressions and formulae
  • Solving equations
  • Sequences
  • Coordinates and graphs
  • Perimeter, area and volume
  • 3D shapes
  • Angle properties
  • Symmetry
  • Ratio
  • Representing data
  • Probability
  • Working with numbers
  • Percentages
  • Standard form
  • Fractions and decimals
  • Graphs
  • Algebraic manipulation
  • Equations and formulae
  • Angles- parallel lines
  • Properties of quadrilaterals
  • Translations and enlargement
  • Constructions
  • Surface area and volume of prisms
  • Area and circumference of circles
  • Congruent shapes
  • Shape and ratio
  • Proportion
  • Probability
  • Interpreting and comparing data
Assessment

Formal Assessment takes place at the end of each Half-Term.

Mathematics at KS4 (GCSE)
Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
  • Working with numbers
  • Algebraic manipulation expressions and formulae
  • Graphs, tables and charts
  • Fractions and percentages
  • Equations and inequalities
  • Sequences
  • Angles
  • Averages and range
  • Perimeter, area and volume
  • Graphs
  • Forming and solving equations
  • Index laws
  • Inequalities
  • Algebraic expressions
  • Sequences
  • Standard form
  • Ratio and proportion
  • Percentages
  • Rounding and estimation
  • Pythagoras and trigonometry
  • Angles and bearings
  • Transformations
  • Surface area and volume
  • Cumulative frequency and box plots
  • Histograms
  • Averages from tables
  • Sequences and graphs
  • Expressions, equations and inequalities
  • Calculating with standard form
  • Ratio and proportion
  • Percentages
  • Rounding and estimation
  • Pythagoras and trigonometry
  • Transformations
  • Plans and elevations
  • Circles
  • Surface area and volume
  • Similar shapes
  • Angles and bearings
  • Two way tables
  • Venn diagrams
  • Cumulative frequency and box plots
  • Histograms
  • Representing data
  • Probability
Assessment

Examination Board: EdExcel

Paper 1
Overview Focus
Foundation tier (grades 1 to 5 available) or Higher tier (grades 4 to 9 available (grade 3 allowed))
  • Written exam (1 hour 30 minutes)
  • 80 marks
  • 33.33% of GCSE
  • No calculator allowed
Range of question types to cover:

  • Number (Foundation 25%, Higher 15%)
  • Algebra (Foundation 20%, Higher 30%)
  • Ratio, proportion and rates of change (Foundation 25%, Higher 20%)
  • Geometry and measures (Foundation 15%, Higher 20%)
  • Probability and Statistics (Foundation 15%, Higher 15%)
Paper 2
Overview Focus
Foundation tier (grades 1 to 5 available) or Higher tier (grades 4 to 9 available (grade 3 allowed))
  • Written exam (1 hour 30 minutes)
  • 80 marks
  • 33.33% of GCSE
  • Calculator allowed
Range of question types to cover:

  • Number (Foundation 25%, Higher 15%)
  • Algebra (Foundation 20%, Higher 30%)
  • Ratio, proportion and rates of change (Foundation 25%, Higher 20%)
  • Geometry and measures (Foundation 15%, Higher 20%)
  • Probability and Statistics (Foundation 15%, Higher 15%)
Paper 3
Foundation tier (grades 1 to 5 available) or Higher tier (grades 4 to 9 available (grade 3 allowed))
Overview Focus
  • Written exam (1 hour 30 minutes)
  • 80 marks
  • 33.33% of GCSE
  • Calculator allowed
Range of question types to cover:

  • Number (Foundation 25%, Higher 15%)
  • Algebra (Foundation 20%, Higher 30%)
  • Ratio, proportion and rates of change (Foundation 25%, Higher 20%)
  • Geometry and measures (Foundation 15%, Higher 20%)
  • Probability and Statistics (Foundation 15%, Higher 15%)
Enrichment Offer

Within the Mathematics department, we offer a variety of enrichment activities across both Key Stages to promote enjoyment and excitement in mathematics.

Key Stage 3 pupils embark on project-based enrichment activities, developing their application of mathematics outside of the curriculum.

Pupils are invited to test their problem-solving skills by competing in the individual and team challenges coordinated by the UKMT. The UKMT Challenges are designed to stimulate interest in mathematics in large numbers of pupils and give pupils the opportunity to compete against pupils from other schools in the region. 2016 saw our Year 7 pupils becoming the Maths Challenge winners for the whole of Blackpool.

The Academy also subscribes to the mathematics website Mathswatch, which allows pupils to access topic-based worksheets and interactive lessons at home as well as in the Academy. These can be used to reinforce understanding and are an excellent revision tool. Pupils also have access to the Method Maths website to practise exam questions.

Furthermore, our committed department runs intervention sessions for our Key Stage 4 pupils during both lunchtimes and after school. These small, bespoke classes consolidate prior learning and ensure maximum attainment.