As with English our Maths curriculum has been designed to meet the requirements of the National Curriculum whilst incorporating the school’s academic approach. Our aim is to provide engaging and challenging lessons that are fun, interactive and relevant to the children’s lives. We want pupils to understand how integral mathematics is to their everyday world, from using money to using digital devices. We try to treat Maths as a series of puzzles and problems to be investigated and solved. We aim to stimulate in pupils a fascination and understanding of mathematics by firing their imagination.

Mathematics in Small Classes

Although students immensely benefit from smaller classes in all subjects, nowhere is this more true than in Maths. Most Maths lessons follow a combination of whole class teaching and individual guidance. Providing individual support and attention to pupils is essential to their success in Maths as each child invariably requires different levels of assistance, whether they need further stretching and challenges or they need reassurance that they are working in the right direction.

In Year 10 most pupils will sit the foundation Maths GCSE exam before going onto taking the higher Maths GCSE in Year 11.

Here is a term by term guide to what we teach in Mathematics. Please note that the curriculum is subject to change.


Mathematics Curriculum

Year 1
Year 2
Year 3
Year 4NUMBER: Place value, Doubling & Halving
Arithmetic skills without calculator
Ordering decimals, Finding % mentally
Multiplying & dividing by multiples of 10
Intro to converting metric units of measure
Negative numbers
SHAPE & SPACE: Area & perimeter of
rectangles and triangles
"ALGEBRA: Writing & using formulae
Collecting terms
FRACTIONS: Simplifying
Adding & subtracting
Converting decimals/fractions/%
Converting imperfect and mixed fractions
Fractions of amounts
PROBABILITY: Introduction
Logical listing of possible outcomes"
"ANGLES: Measuring & drawing
Naming angles & using compass
SHAPE: Properties of triangles & quadrilaterals,
Rotational symmetry & Reflective symmetry
GRAPHS: Plotting & reading
NUMBER: Rounding, Whole number calculations
Using a calculator
Year 5"STATISTICS: Averages
2 way tables
TRANSFORMATIONS: Reflections, Rotations,
Translations & Tessellations
ALGEBRA: Expanding a single bracket,
Factorisation & Solving simple equations"
"PROBABILITY: Single events
SHAPE: Constructing shapes using
compasses and/or protractors
Scale drawings
NUMBER: Factors & multiples, Square
numbers and roots, Decimal calculations"
"3D Shapes
Number Sequences
Problem Solving
Related sums
Everyday maths: e.g. time"
Year 6"PROBABILITY: Sets & venn diagrams
NUMBER: Ratio, Proportion incl best value
Standard form (large numbers)
Rounding to 1 and 2 decimal places
Effective use of calculator
Converting metric units of measure
Introduction to imperial units of measure"
"SHAPE: Area & perimeter including circles
ALGEBRA: Simplifying, Expanding a
single bracket, Substitution
NUMBER: Fractions including multiplying
and dividing
Percentage incl % change
ANGLES: Angle facts"
Year 7"Transformations
Solving equations
Powers & roots
Constructions & bearings"
3D shapes
Ration and proportion
Probability incl Venn diagrams"
"Problem solving
Rounding using significant numbers
Compound measures
Frequency trees"
Year 8"Negative numbers
Standard form
Fractions for operations
Special sequences
Direct and inverse proportion"
"Percentages incl reverse %
Compound interest
Areas 2D shapes
Volumes of complex 3D shapes
Angles in polygons
Time series"
"Expand and factorise quadratics
Simultaneous equations
Straight line graphs
Converting compound measures"
Year 9"Problem solving
Metric conversions
Solving equations
Rearranging formulae
Back to front averages"
"Real life graphs
Mean & median from a frequency table
Problem solving with fractions
"ALGEBRA: Substitution
Using standard formulae
Intro to Trigonometry"
Year 10"PROBABILITY: Theoretical
Mutually exclusive events
Calculator methods
Converting metric units of area & volume
ALGEBRA: Solving linear equations
Solving simultaneous equations
Solving inequalities
GRAPHS: Quadratic curves"
"SHAPE: Congruency
NUMBER: Prime factor decomposition
using Venn diagrams
Simple & compound interest
Circles: arcs and sectors"
"Distance / Time graphs
Equations of straight lines
Growth and decay
Year 11"Practice GCSE past papers
Mean from a frequency table
Sketching functions
"Bounds and error intervals
Negative indices
Solving problems involving ratio
Compound measures
Mock GCSE exams"
GCSE Exams"