Introduction

Mathematics is central to the pupils' education at St. Peter’s. It is an essential skill and teaches pupils good work practices, skills and knowledge which are often of benefit to other subjects.  

The well resourced mathematics department has 10 teachers of Mathematics who work in 8 specialised Maths rooms.

Lessons in Maths cover all aspects of Number, Algebra, Ratio, Proportion & Rates of Change, Geometry & Measures, Probability & Statistics. Pupils are involved in their own learning which encourages them to develop their investigative skills. A range of styles & resources are used in lessons, in particular an extensive use of ICT.  All rooms have an interactive whiteboard.

At KS3, pupils in Year 7 and Year 9 have four lessons per two week cycle, and Year 8 have three lessons per two week cycle. In year 7, pupils are put into sets according to ability from their KS2 score.  Pupils will be given summative assessments at two or three occasions during the year. Pupils are given a minimum of one weeks notice and are expected to revise for these tests at home in addition to class revision. The course covers many aspects of the National Curriculum including developing fluency, mathematical reasoning and solving problems.

At KS4, Year 10 pupils have 5 lessons per two week cycle and follow the AQA syllabus. In Year 11, pupils have 4 lessons per two week cycle and the same AQA Linear GCSE syllabus (8300).

Mathematics results at both key stages are above the National Average.

Extra-curricular activities include the following:

Pupils should be fully equipped for all lessons and we expect they have the following equipment with them for every lesson:

Pen, pencil, ruler, eraser, sharpener, scientific calculator (preferably CASIO). In addition, we expect pupils to own a protractor and a pair of compasses. Pupils will be given prior warning to bring these additional items from home into school.

Equipment is available to purchase from the LRC, however pupils must bear in mind that only a limited stock is available in school and there is no guarantee they will be able to purchase equipment on the day.

Head of Department: Miss G Bradley


Key Stage 3 Curriculum Map

We follow a spiral curriculum at KS3. Topics taught in Year 7 are revisited in Year 8 and 9 but are developed further.

Year 9 will be continuing with this spiral curriculum (below), whereas we are in the process of introducing the White Rose Maths KS3 Scheme of Work. The current Year 7’s and Year 8’s are on the White Rose Scheme this year, and will continue with this scheme through into Years 8 and 9.

Year 7 are initially set using the KS2 scaled score. Because of the disruption over the last couple of years, pupils are set taking into account their previous school judgement, the CATs assessment and a baseline assessment.

Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term

1) Whole number and decimals

7) Whole number calculations

13) Sequences

2) Measures, perimeter and area

8) Statistics

14) Decimal calculations/3D shapes

3) Expressions and formulae

9) Transformations

15) Ratio and proportion

4) Fractions, decimals and percentages

10) Equations

16) Probability

5) Angles and 2D shapes

11) Types of number and written methods

17) Everyday Maths

6) Graphs

12) Constructions and 3D shapes

 

 

White Rose Maths Scheme of Learning (Year 7)

White Rose Maths Scheme of Learning (Year 8)

 

KS3 Suggested Revision Guides

New KS3 Maths Complete Study & Practice (with Online Edition) - ISBN: 978 1 84146 383 4

 

KS3 Revision Websites

MyMaths

Mathswatch

Corbettmaths

Hegarty Maths

Pupils have their own individual accounts for these websites


Key Stage 4 Curriculum

Pupils in Year 10 and 11 follow the AQA syllabus (8300) split into two tiers of entry, foundation and higher.

1) Calculations

12) Ratio and proportion

2) Expressions

13) Factors, powers and roots

3) Angles and polygons

14) Graphs 1

4) Handling data 1

15) Working in 3D

5) Fractions, decimals and percentages

16) Handling data 2

6) Formulae and functions

17) Calculations 2

7) Working in 2D

18) Graphs 2

8) Probability

19) Pythagoras, trigonometry and vectors

9) Measures and accuracy

20) Probability of combined events

10) Equations and inequalities

21) Sequences

11) Circles and constructions

22) Units and proportionality

 

KS4 Suggested Revision Guides

GCSE Maths AQA Complete Revision & Practice: Higher - Grade 9-1 Course (with Online Edition) - ISBN: 978 1 78294 396 9

GCSE Maths AQA Complete Revision & Practice: Foundation - Grade 9-1 Course (with Online Edition) - ISBN: 978 1 78294 997 8

 

KS4 Revision Websites

Mathswatch

MyMaths

Kerboodle

JustMaths

 

The following links allow students to access new style GCSE questions by topic, along with worked solutions:

Higher Tier

Foundation Tier

Updated: Dec 2021