Welcome to the Maths Department

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 7 full time teachers and 2 part time teachers who work in 8 specialised Maths rooms.

Lessons in Maths are lively and interesting covering 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 8 have three lessons a week and in Year 9 pupils have 4 lessons a week. In year 7, pupils are put into sets according to ability from their KS2 score.  Pupils will be given termly summative assessments. Pupils are given a minimum of one weeks notice and are expected to revise for these tests at home in addition to class revision. Pupils are set weekly homework. 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 week and follow the AQA syllabus. In Year 11, pupils have 4 lessons per week and the same AQA Linear GCSE syllabus (8300).

In the last few years as many as 33% of Year 11 pupils have achieved A*- A and many top set pupils continue to develop their interest in the subject and go on to study Maths and Further Maths at Advanced level at the local College.

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

Extra curricular activities include the following:

  • The department run lunchtime Maths Clinic on a Tuesday and Thursday that allow pupils to get guidance on homework and/or particular topics that are being taught in class.
  • We currently offer the FSMQ (Edexcel) after school to a group of Year 10 pupils.  This is an additional qualification aimed at outstanding mathematicians to help them bridge the gap between GCSE and “A” Level studies.
  • All top sets have the opportunity to participate in the UK Maths Challenge and over recent years several pupils have enjoyed success in this at all levels.
  • We run an extensive after school revision programme with Year 11.

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.

Year 7 to 9 Curriculum

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

Year 7 are initially set using the KS2 scaled score.  In the Autumn term, pupils complete a baseline assessment which allow them to be set more accurately.  Those pupils who are not secondary ready will follow an intensive catch-up programme.

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  


Year 10 and 11 Curriculum

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

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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