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Mathematics (curriculum)

Subject Leader: Rebecca Simkins –
Key Stage 3 Coordinator: Annette Bagnall –
Key Stage 4 Coordinator: James Steele –

In mathematics group work is encouraged where pupils discuss, plan and share out responsibilities enabling them to develop team working skills.

Pupils learn to develop a sense of purpose in mathematics by investigating hypotheses, discussing and presenting their work logically, whilst also considering the viewpoints of others and potential ethical issues.

Developing deep thinking and questioning the way in which the world works promotes the spiritual growth of students. In mathematics lessons pupils are always encouraged to delve deeper into their understanding of mathematics and how it relates to the world around them.

Mathematics is a universal language with a whole host of cultural influences throughout the ages. Pupils learn methods from a variety of different cultural backgrounds and master techniques such as the use of exchange rates for foreign travel.

Talented mathematicians are nurtured and challenged at Ormiston Forge Academy. There is no ceiling on attainment and right from Year 7 pupils are encouraged to push their mathematical boundaries. More able pupils throughout the academy take the UKMT Maths Challenge, and in Year 11 pupils are able to take a level 2 qualification in Further Mathematics. This bridges the gap between GCSE Mathematics and A-level, which all more able pupils are encouraged to take.

Year 7 Scheme of Work
Autumn Term
Multiplication and division, Measures, Sequences and Functions, Addition & Subtraction, Fractions Decimals & Percentages, Expressions and Formulae, 2D shapes, Constructions, Processing Data.

Spring Term
Graphs, Factors & Multiples, Multiplication and Division, Ratio & Proportion, Probability.

Summer Term
Expressions & Equations, Transformations, 3D shapes, Surveys & Data.

Year 8 Scheme of Work
In Year 8 pupils study mathematics with a thematic, cross-curricular approach.
Autumn Term
Volume of shapes/baggage allowances, currency and value for money, travel times and timetables, tessellation and tiling patterns, Sagrada Familia, Barcelona Olympics.
‘Plan a party’
Ratio and proportion, numeracy, percentages, planning a prom, probability, algebra.

Spring Term
Planet facts, Gravity, Countdown to lift off, How much fuel?, Speeds in Space, Design a rocket, Thermal tiles, Sending instructions, Exploring the Planet, Alien Artefacts, Which one’s which? The Solar System.
‘Murder Mystery’
Properties of shapes, Fraction calculations, Types of Number, Equations, Mental and Written Calculations, Sequences.

Summer Term
Pupils undertake a data handling project on different music types, the number of beats per minute and pupil’s music style preferences. Chromebooks are used to encourage the use of ICT.
Probability, Angles, Perimeter & Area, Scale drawing & Loci, Symmetry.

In Key Stage 4 all pupils study and sit a GCSE in Mathematics (Edexcel). More able pupils may also study and sit a Level 2 Certificate in Further Mathematics (AQA). Less able pupils may also study and sit a Level 1 Award in Number & Measure (Edexcel).


Year 9
Autumn Term
Written calculations, BIDMAS, Properties of angles and triangles, Scales and units, Area and Volume of 3D shapes, Compound measures, Upper and Lower Bounds, Properties of number, Standard form, Algebraic manipulation.

Spring Term
Fractions, decimals and percentages, Sequences, Coordinates, Straight Line Graphs, Equations.

Summer Term
Collecting and representing data, Scatter Graphs, Basic probability, Ratio and proportion, Transformations, perimeter and area, circumference, Pythagoras’ theorem.

Year 10

Autumn Term
Integers, Decimals, Coordinates, Angles lines and triangles, Reading scales and converting units, Collecting Data, Charts and graphs, Symmetry similarity and congruence, Types of number.

Spring Term
Introduction to algebra, constructions, patterns and sequences, properties of quadrilaterals and parallel lines, fractions decimals and percentages, pie charts.

Summer Term
Applications of percentages, indices and brackets, ratio and proportion, linear equations and inequalities, perimeter and area, 3D shapes.


Autumn Term
Fractions decimals and percentages, formulae and linear equations, linear graphs, probability, simultaneous equations, ratio and scale, averages and range, trial and improvement.

Spring Term
Pythagoras and trigonometry, surface area and volume, compound measures, transformations.

Summer Term
Similarity and congruence, quadratic functions equations and graphs, index notation and surds, circle theorems.

Year 11


Autumn Term
Real life graphs, straight line graphs, Compound measures, Timetables and distance-time graphs, Volume, Probability, Formulae, Angles and properties of polygons.

Spring Term
Transformations, scatter graphs, averages and range, quadratic graphs, trial and improvement, circles, Pythagoras’ theorem.


Autumn Term
DTT process begins. Pupils are assessed, and weak topics are re-taught and tested until such time that they are mastered. Topics may include the following (but vary depending on each individual cohort);
Charts and graphs, algebraic manipulation, angle properties, probability, fractions decimals and percentages, index laws, standard form


Autumn Term
Sine and cosine rule, Vectors, Further graphs and functions, transformations of functions,

Spring Term
DTT process begins. Pupils are assessed, and weak topics are re-taught and tested until such time that they are mastered. Topics may include the following (but vary depending on each individual cohort);
Cumulative frequency, Circle Theorems, Reverse Percentages, Solving quadratic equations, Interpretation of box plots, Histograms, Vectors, Transforming graphs.

This qualification is taught alongside GCSE Mathematics in Year 10 and 11. Topics covered include;
Manipulation of surds, rational expressions and formulae, rationalising the denominator, domain and range of a function, complex index laws, algebraic proof, sequences, coordinate geometry of straight lines and circles, differentiation, matrix transformations, geometric proof, trigonometry, Pythagoras’ theorem in 3D, trigonometric ratios and their graphs.

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