Mathematics
Welcome to the Mathematics Department
"Mathematics knows no races or geographic boundaries; for mathematics, the cultural world is one country."  David Hilbert
Head of Department:
Mr Goulding
email: mgoulding4.310@parkhighstanmore.org.uk
Introduction
Mathematics is important in everyday life and we all use it daily. Your child will find that many jobs require an understanding of mathematical concepts and college places depend on good results. Most subjects use ideas encountered in Mathematics. It is a core subject and it is therefore compulsory and is studied up to the school leaving age of 16. Studying Mathematics will allow your child to develop Problem solving, Logical reasoning and the ability to think in abstract ways.
Typically Mathematics lessons involve projectbased tasks with group investigational activates, whiteboards, peer teaching and mathematical puzzles. We find that students enjoy their mathematics and become more confident once they have more freedom to pursue and explore the subject.
Don’t forget to make sure your child is properly equipped for Mathematics; they should have a ruler, protractor, pair of compasses, calculator, black pen, blue pen, green pen, pencil and their maths books for every lesson. Equipment packs and calculators are available to purchase from the Mathematics Department.
Key Stage 3
The Key Stage 3 mathematics curriculum is designed to develop in our students a strong grasp of number facts and arithmetic as the basis for much of which will follow. When young people’s knowledge, skills and understanding of number are sound, we move to algebra – algebra being essentially generalised arithmetic  so the move is made from the concrete (arithmetic) to the abstract (algebra). This will include the solving of simple linear equations and the formation of formulae to describe patterns and sequences in the first instance and later develop into factorising and solving quadratic expressions and equations and solving simultaneous linear equations. We also look at graphical representation of algebraic equations.
An understanding of shape and space in the world around us is developed through studying geometry, which includes traditional methods of construction using pencils, compasses and straightedges. Geometry is also probably the richest context in which we get to teach formal reasoning, something that is at the heart of mathematicians’ art of persuading others of the truth of their discoveries!
In order that our young people develop into active, participating citizens, we must equip them with the knowledge, skills and understanding to interpret and question statistical information with which they may be presented in the press or in broadcast media, including how to recognise potential bias. We do this through a study of datahandling techniques and of probability, beginning with very simple representations such as bar charts and line graphs, moving to pie charts when we are certain that the young people’s skills with a protractor are good enough.
The mathematics curriculum is the very essence of a spiral or helical curriculum: these are the four areas to which we return, time after time, going a little deeper at each iteration, building upon that which has been previously learnt.
Year 7
Mathematics in Year 7 is taught in mixed ability groups. They will have 4 lessons a week. Typically, students will experience a variety of lessons across the year, which consists of puzzles, activities, problem solving, investigations and projectbased learning.
They will also be building upon this learning by using and applying the Mathematical skills they have learnt, in solving contextual problems.
Autumn  Spring  Summer 

Number – Calculations, types of numbers, fractions and percentages 
Geometry –Constructions, Perimeter and Area 
Statistics – collecting and recording data 
Algebra – algebraic manipulation including substitution, expanding and factorising 
Number – Fractions, decimals and percentages 
Geometry – Surface and volume of 3D shapes 
Geometry – Property of 2D shapes and angles 
Algebra – Linear equations and sequences 
Geometry – Transformations and constructions. 
Probability 
Ratio and Proportion 
Algebra – Straight line graphs and problem solving 
Problem solving activities and end of term project  Statistics – Constructing and analysing graphs  Problem solving activities and end of term project 
Across the academic year, students will have the opportunity to apply their learning to a variety of tasks such as the Frogs Investigation, the Bedroom Project, and the Planning a Holiday project.
Knowledge Organisers:
KS3 Assessment:
Home learning is allocated on a weekly basis. Typically, this will take the form of MatchWatch. It may also consist of any project based learning or investigative work to supplement class work.
In the Summer Term, each student will sit a formal, internal exam which will consist of all elements taught throughout the course. Appropriate preparation in the form of revision is expected with sufficient planning and organisation to ensure each student fulfils their potential.
Year 8
Mathematics in Year 8 is taught in mixed ability groups. They will have 4 lessons a week. Typically, students will experience a variety of lessons across the year, which consists of puzzles, activities, problem solving, investigations and projectbased learning.
They will also be building upon this learning by using and applying the Mathematical skills they have learnt, in solving contextual problems.
Autumn  Spring  Summer 

Number – Calculations, number properties, negatives, decimals, accuracy 
Number  Fractions, percentages 
Ratio and Proportion 
Geometry – Area and perimeter, angles, 
Algebra – Equations, functions 
Geometry – Volume, angles, plans and elevations 
Algebra  Expressions, expanding, factorising, sequences 
Geometry – Units, surface area, angles, construction, loci 
Geometry – Transformations. 
Statistics – Statistical diagrams, statistical measures, data 
Geometry –Constructions and loci 
Algebra – Straight line graphs, real life graphs, trial and improvement 
Problem solving activities and end of term project 
Problem solving activities and end of term project 
Problem solving activities and end of term data project 
Across the academic year, students will have the opportunity to apply their learning to a variety of tasks such as the Hurdles Investigation, the Cake Shop Project, and the Statistics project.
Knowledge Organisers:
KS3 Assessment:
Home learning is allocated on a weekly basis. Typically, this will take the form of MatchWatch. It may also consist of any project based learning or investigative work to supplement class work.
In the Summer Term, each student will sit a formal, internal exam which will consist of all elements taught throughout the course. Appropriate preparation in the form of revision is expected with sufficient planning and organisation to ensure each student fulfils their potential.
Year 9
Mathematics in Year 9 is also taught in mixed ability groups. They will have 4 lessons a week. Pupils will cover content that supports the transition from Key stage 3 to key stage 4.
We ensure that the common content from both the Key stage 3 and 4 curriculum is covered in depth and pupils are exposed to a range of challenges, including problem solving and nonstandard questions. This ensures pupils start year 10 with a secure knowledge of the fundamentals.
In order to further support the transition, the scheme of work begins to use more GCSE language and GCSE style questions to ensure pupils get used to this from an early stage.
Autumn  Spring  Summer 

NUMBER  Multiples, factors & primes 
NUMBER – Power, roots and standard form 
NUMBER – Power, roots, standard form and surds 
NUMBER – Fractions calculations 
NUMBER – Using ratio, direct and inverse proportion 
NUMBER – Significant figures and bounds 
NUMBER  Using percentages and reverse percentages 
ALGEBRA  Straight line graphs 
NUMBER – Using ratio, direct and inverse proportion 
NUMBER – Significant figures 
ALGEBRA  Algebraic manipulation 
ALGEBRA – Sequences 
ALGEBRA – Expressions, expanding, factorising, substitution and formulae 
G&M – Metric and imperial units 
G & M  Constructions 
ALGEBRA – Linear equations 
G & M  2D area and perimeter 
G & M  Symmetry, shapes & angles, bearings 
G & M – Pythagoras Theorem 
G & M  Constructions 
G & M  3D Solids: Surface area and volume 
G & M – Transformations 
S & P  Graphical Representations 
G & M  Similarity and congruency 
G&M – Trigonometry with the right angle 
S&P – Tree diagrams 
S & P  Averages from a table 
S & P – Probability: Venn Diagrams and set notation 
S & P  Scatter Graphs 
Multiplicative reasoning 
KS3 Assessment:
Home learning is allocated on a weekly basis. Typically, this will take the form of MatchWatch. It may also consist of any project based learning or investigative work to supplement class work.
In the Summer Term, each student will sit a formal, internal exam which will consist of all elements taught throughout the course. Appropriate preparation in the form of revision is expected with sufficient planning and organisation to ensure each student fulfils their potential.
Key Stage 4
During KS4 students are taught in two bands each consisting of sets 1 to 2 and three mixed ability groups. Mixed ability groups are smaller groups allowing for bespoke support and differentiated teaching. Assessment and scheme of learning are at a level appropriate for each ability group where students are prepared for Higher and Foundation tier.
In the Summer Term, Year 10 students sit a formal internal exam which will consist of all elements taught throughout the course. Year 11 students will sit a formal internal mock exam in November and will sit an external GCSE Mathematics exam using Edexcel Exam board.
The Schemes of Learning are organised in six strands which comprises of Numbers and Number System, Ratio and Proportion, Algebra, Shape Space and Measures, Statistics and Probability, Using and applying Mathematics for problem solving and reasoning.
All students who follow this course will be given home learning weekly on MyMaths and MathsWatch. Appropriate preparation in the form of revision is uploaded on SharePoint to ensure each student fulfils their potential.
We also run AQA Further Maths in the department.
This qualification fills the gap for high achieving students by assessing their higher order mathematical skills, particularly in algebraic reasoning, in greater depth, thus preparing them fully to maximise their potential in further studies at A Level.
This is a unique qualification designed to stretch and challenge high achieving mathematicians who either already have, or are expected to achieve the top grades in GCSE Mathematics or are likely to progress to study Alevel Mathematics and possibly Further Mathematics.
The Further Maths Exam is taken at the end of year 11, following two years of study, two days per week, during ‘period 7’. Class places are by invite only, and selection is influenced not only by potential but also by work ethic and prior assessment scores. The course is rigorous, fast paced and home learning practice is a vital component for success.
More information can be found on this link:
AQA  AQA Certificate  Level 2 Further Mathematics  Specification at a glance
Year 10
Autumn  Spring  Summer 

ALGEBRA: Linear expressions 
ALGEBRA: Quadratic expressions 
G & M: Compound measures 
ALGEBRA: Linear equations 
ALGEBRA: Quadratic equations 
NUMBER: Rounding and bounds 
ALGEBRA : Straight line graph 
G & M: Similarity and Congruency 
ALGEBRA : Rearranging formulae 
ALGEBRA : Linear inequalities 
S & P: Probability 
ALGEBRA : Sequences 
NUMBER : Fraction and Ratio 
ALGEBRA: Simultaneous equations 
ALGEBRA : Algebraic proof 
NUMBER : Percentages 
ALGEBRA: Graphs 
G & M : Loci and Constructions 
S & P : Graphs, Tables and Charts 
ALGEBRA : Simultaneous equations 
G & M: Pythagoras theorem 2D and 3D 
S & P : Interpreting and representing data 
ALGEBRA : Graphs 
NUMBER: Proportion 
G & M : Vectors 
G & M: Angles and properties of shapes 
G & M: Trigonometry with right angle triangle and nonrightangle triangle 
G & M : Transformations 
G & M: Volume and surface area shapes 
G & M : Arcs and sectors 
NUMBER: Indices and Standard Form NUMBER: Surds 
Problem solving on topics taught in Spring 
S & P: Sampling 
Problem solving on topics taught in Autumn  Problem solving on topics taught in Summer 
KS4 Assessment:
All students who follow this course will be given home learning weekly. Wider reading is always useful either from the websites offered or from the textbook or as directed by their classroom teacher.
In the Summer Term, each student will sit a formal, internal exam which will consist of all elements taught throughout the course. Appropriate preparation in the form of revision should be taken seriously with sufficient planning and organisation to ensure each student fulfils their potential.
Examination Board :
Useful Reading Material:
Edexcel GCSE (9 1) Pearson Mathematics Higher Student Book
Edexcel GCSE (9 1) Pearson Mathematics Foundation Student Book
Mathematics GCSE for Edexcel Problem Solving Book Higher
Mathematics GCSE for Edexcel Problem Solving Book Foundation
Revision guide for the New GCSE Grade 9 1 Course
Practice workbook for the New GCSE Grade 9 – 1 Course
Practice papers with answers for the New GCSE Grade 9 – 1 Course
Year 11
Autumn  Spring  Summer 

G & M : Circle and Circle theorem 
G & M: Volume and Surface Area of shapes 
Past papers and Revision Problem Solving

ALGEBRA : Algebraic Fractions 
G & M Revision: Vectors 

ALGEBRA : Gradients and area under curves 
ALGEBRA Revision: Quadratic expressions and equations 

G & M: Trigonometry with right angle triangle and nonrightangle triangle 
ALGEBRA Revision: Rearranging Formulae and Sequences 

ALGEBRA: Functions ALGEBRA: Transforming Graphs 
S & P: Interpreting and Representing Data 

G & M: Arcs and sectors 
G & M: Transformations 

S & P: Histogram 
ALGEBRA: Non linear graphs 

G & M: Trigonometry 
G & M: LOCI and constructions with bearings 

ALGEBRA: Algebraic proof 
S & P: Probability 
Public Exam 
ALGEBRA: Graphical Inequalities 
NUMBER: Proportion 

S & P: Sampling 
G & M Revision: Angles and properties 

Algebra: Iteration 
G & M Revision: Similarity and Congruency of shapes with bearings 
In the last year of this GCSE course, most students are expected to complete the course materials by the end of the first term, with an end of term mock examination. In the second term students will be consolidating their knowledge and preparing for their terminal examination.
The new GCSE Mathematics specification covers a broader and deeper mathematical content, delivered through a single extended GCSE which can be taken at higher level or foundation level. Higher tier will include questions that will stretch the most able. Foundation tier will focus on core mathematical understanding and skills for all students to master.
KS4 Assessment:
All students who follow this course will be given home learning weekly. Wider reading is always useful either from the websites offered or from the textbook or as directed by their classroom teacher.
In the Summer Term, each student will sit a formal, internal exam which will consist of all elements taught throughout the course. Appropriate preparation in the form of revision should be taken seriously with sufficient planning and organisation to ensure each student fulfils their potential.
GCSE mathematics  100% marks in terminal examination sat in June.
The GCSE Mathematics specification will be examined by three written papers, each of 1½ hours. The first paper will be assessed without the use of a calculator; calculators will be expected for papers 2 and 3. There will be no difference in the content or assessment objectives assessed in each of the papers.
GCSE Mathematics
Paper 1: Noncalculator
1 hour 30mins 80 marks Exam 33.3%
Paper 2: Calculator
1 hour 30mins 80 marks Exam 33.3%
Paper 3: Calculator
1 hour 30mins 80 marks Exam 33.3%
Examination Board :
Edexcel
Course Specification:
Edexcel 1MA1 GCSE Mathematics A Linear
Qualification obtained:
GCSE Mathematics Higher
GCSE Mathematics
GCSE Mathematics Foundation
Useful Reading Material:
Edexcel GCSE (9 1) Pearson Mathematics Higher Student Book
Edexcel GCSE (9 1) Pearson Mathematics Foundation Student Book
Mathematics GCSE for Edexcel Problem Solving Book Higher
Mathematics GCSE for Edexcel Problem Solving Book Foundation
Revision guide for the New GCSE Grade 9 1 Course
Practice workbook for the New GCSE Grade 9 – 1 Course
Practice papers with answers for the New GCSE Grade 9 – 1 Course
AQA Level 2 Certificate in Further Mathematics // ISBN9781510446939
Additional Information
Useful Websites
Useful Reading Material
Innumeracy by John Paulos, FarrarStraus edition 2001
Life by Numbers by Keith Devlin, John Wiley and sons.
How Maths works by Carol Vordenman, Dorling Kindersley Limited.
How Puzzling by Charles Snape and Heather Scott, Cambridge Universe Press.
Maths Curse by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith, Puffin Books
Murderous Maths series by Kjartan Poskitt, Scholastic.
How Long is a Piece of string by Rob Eastway, Robson Books
Why Do Busses come in threes? by Rob Eastway, Robson Books.
1089 and all that by David Acheson, Oxford University Press
The Parrot’s Theorem by Denis Gued
New Grade 94 AQA Level 2 Certificate: Further Maths  Exam Practice Workbook // ISBN9781789082418


