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Mathematics: Key Stage 3

Subject Content: Year 7

Students will be taught topics across the four attainment groups, with differentiated topics dependent on ability.

Term 1: data collection, number skills, equations, functions and forumulae, fractions, analysing and displaying data, calculating, expressions, functions and formulae, graphs.

Term 2: students will cover:  angles and shapes, decimals, equation; factors and multiples; decimals and measures; angles and lines.  

In the summer term : students will investigate : multiplicative reasoning, perimeter, area and volume, sequences and graphs; measuring and shapes; fractions, decimals and percentages; transformations.

Subject Content: Year 8

Students will be taught topics across the four attainment groups:
2D shapes and 3D solids; real life graphs; number properties and calculations; shapes and measures in 3D; statistics; expressions and equations.  
In the spring term : students will cover transformations, fractions, constructions and loci, decimal caluculations, angles and number properties.

Students will then go on to cover the following in the summer term - probability; scale drawings and measures; graphs, sequences, fractions and percentages.

Subject Content: Year 9

Students will be taught topics across:  number; algebra; interpreting and representing data; fractions and ratio; angles and trigonometry; graphs, percentages, equations and inequalities; area and volume; transformations and constructions; angles, averages, range and perimeter.


KS3 Skills Taught

  • There is now a revised shift from teaching students Key Processes to developing their skills in “  Working Mathematically”.
  • The aims are now for students to develop fluency through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time allowing for students to develop conceptual understanding.
  • Students will be taught how to follow lines of enquiry, comment on relationships and generalisation and develop an argument using mathematical language.
  • Solving problems is a key skill and students will be shown how to develop skills for a variety of routine and non - routine problems, breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps.
  • To achieve these aims and progress towards the GCSE content, students will need to make connections between topics and across subjects. 
  • Student understanding will be enhanced by working on “ rich  sophisticated problems” hopefully supporting faster progress and better transferability of skills.

Key Stage 4 

Mathematics Syllabus A /new course assessement in 2017 (Grades 9-1)
Exam Board:  Edexcel  Pearsons  Qualification


Subject Content & Assessment Detail:

Foundation Tier    Assessed Grades (1-5)

Higher Tier            Assessed Grades ( 4-9)

There are 3 exam papers x 1hr 30mins

  • Paper 1 non-calculator
  • Paper 2 calculator
  • Paper 3 calculator
  • Each paper is out of 80 marks 


The content is building on topics taught at KS3.  There is an emphasis on problem solving, functionality and mathematical thinking.  There is focus on learning skills on applying and using mathematics to solve questions set in the real world. Students might be asked to answer questions on, for instance, decorating a room, designing a garden or perhaps paying bills or sorting out rotas for shop staff.  Students will also develop their ability to communicate the mathematics they have applied in order to solve a question - a requirement called the Quality of Written Communication.

The skills taught, throughout KS3 and KS4, will enable students to:

  • develop fluent knowledge and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts
  • acquire, select and apply mathematical techniques to solve problems
  • reason mathematically ,make deductions and inferences and draw conclusions
  • comprehend ,interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context.