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Mathematics

Subject Head: Graeme Spurr

Contact: gspurr@farmors.gloucs.sch.uk 

KS3 Mathematics

Course outline 

During Key Stage 3 pupils receive 6 periods of Maths over two weeks. Pupils are placed in a broad setting at the beginning of year 7 based on their Key Stage 2 results. With the exception of the lowest set all pupils broadly follow the same curriculum during year 7 and 8 with extension being provided for the higher achievers in the form of questions designed to get them to apply their knowledge in context and problem solving situations. By the end of year 9 the vast majority of pupils will have covered the Mathematics Key Stage 3 National Curriculum. Progress is assessed during Key Stage 3 using topic based tracker tests, in class tests and the whole school assessments which every pupil will sit at various points through years 7 to 9. 

Course Detail 
  Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4 Term 5 Term 6

7

Number – Number system factors, multiples and place value 

Calculation with decimals and negatives 

Introducing algebraic expressions 

Initial setting week 2/3 

Number – Fractions decimals and percentages, fraction calculations, powers/indices and ratio 

Algebra -  Sequences and using formula 

Geometry – Angle facts and reasoning 

Statistics – Introducing probability 

 

Mid-year Assessment 

Algebra – Solving linear equations and plotting coordinates and lines 

Geometry – Properties of shapes, perimeter, area, measurement  and scale drawing 

Statistics – Recording and displaying data 

 

End of Year Assessment 

8

Number – Calculations and percentage change 

Algebra – Expressions, solving linear equations 

Geometry – Angles in parallel lines 

Statistics – Venn Diagrams  

Number – Fraction calculations, Using prime factor decomposition to find lowest common multiples and highest common factors and ratio problems 

Algebra – Linear Sequences and relationships and more algebraic expressions including factorising 

Geometry – Symmetry and construction 

Statistics - Probability sample spaces and averages 

Mid-year Assessment 

Number – Estimation and accuracy 

Algebra – Linear Equations, graphically and algebraically 

Geometry – Area, perimeter and volume, Transformations including translation, rotation and reflection 

Statistics  Recap 

 

End of Year Assessment 

9

Number – Index laws, Standard form, ratio and percentage change 

Algebra – Geometric sequences, Expressions and formula,  

Geometry – Angles in polygons 

Statistics – Experimental probability and theoretical including frequency and probability trees 

Number – Proportional reasoning 

Algebra - Solving linear equations including fractions, straight line graphs and quadratic graphs 

Geometry – Formula with geometry, Volume and surface area of prisms, Compound measures speed, density and pressure, Transformations including enlargement 

Statistics – Collecting and representing  data including centrality and spread 

 

Mid-year Assessment 

Number – Revision of Number and ratio 

Algebra – Using graphs to solve equations, solving basic quadratic equations, simultaneous equations 

Geometry – Constructions and loci, Pythagoras and basic trigonometry 

Statistics – Revision 

 

 

End of Key Stage 3 Assessment 

GCSE Foundation Paper 

KS4 Mathematics

Head of Key Stage 4 (GCSE): Graeme Spurr

Contact: gspurr@farmors.gloucs.sch.uk

Specification: Edexcel 1MA1

Course outline

The Mathematics GCSE covers a wide range of mathematical knowledge and skills with a strong focus on depth of understanding and problem solving. The knowledge and skills content is grouped into five areas:

  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Geometry
  • Probability and Statistics

What should students expect to do during the course?

Students will be expected to:

  • Recall and use standard mathematical skills and knowledge to solve problems. 
  • Be able to break down more complex problems into small steps in order to solve them.
  • Be able to apply mathematical skills to analyse problems in a real life context.
  • Be able to use a calculator to solve problems quickly and effectively.

Students will be given the opportunity to discuss mathematical ideas in groups and undertake investigations. The core textbooks and other resources develop learning through practical activities and traditional exercises. These books are supplemented by other appropriate materials, including computer software. 

Homework is set on a regular basis to consolidate work taught in class or to revise topics previously learned. On-line homework may be set on occasions and students without internet access should speak to their teacher to get a hardcopy of the homework.

Assessment (graded 9- 1)

The assessment for the course consists of 3 papers all sat at the end of year 11.  Each paper is 1½ hours long and there is one non-calculator and two calculator papers.  Each paper is marked out of 80 giving a maximum total of 240 marks.

Students will be entered for either the foundation or higher tier exam papers. The higher tier examination is graded from 9 to 4 while the foundation tier is graded from 5 to 1.

Progression into Sixth Form

The GCSE prepares students to take any of the 3 maths options in the sixth form which include A level Mathematics; A level Further Mathematics and Core Mathematics.  The course also supports the subjects that require some level of maths which are the sciences, psychology, business & economics and geography