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The curricula in years 7 and 8 consists of 24 units of work in total. All students, wherever possible, follow the same curriculum, but extension objectives allow for exploration in more depth for some. The curriculum at this stage is designed to embed and extend number skills as well as exploring the essential algebraic skills needed for success at GCSE. The units will build upon previous material taught, so that students have a greater exposure to the topics and in a different format, for example ratio is further explored through currency conversion and scale.

The curriculum has also been designed with other subjects in mind. For example, measures are visited early in year 7 to support learning in Design Technology, whilst standard form is taught in year 8 as this supports the learning in Science. To support students in their application of their mathematical skills we have introduced “Wordy Wednesdays” in both years which allow all students across the school to practice their application of skills to worded problems. 

Table of Topics

We aim to enter all students for GCSE mathematics. We follow a three year GCSE course, starting in year 9, which allows us to explore the GCSE course in depth and use the skills acquired in Y7 and Y8 to access more demanding mathematics. Our aim is to create confident, numerate students who are well equipped mathematically to continue their life beyond school.

GCSE maths is tiered and so students either follow the foundation tier scheme of work or the higher tier scheme of work. All students, however, cover the same five broad areas: number, algebra, ratio and proportion, geometry and statistics, but at different rates and at different depths, dependent upon their tier of entry.

As well as learning new concepts, we support students in applying their mathematical knowledge through use of our Wordy Wednesday booklets which contain ‘wordy’ problems designed to help students to see where their maths skills might be applied in a ‘real world’ context. In addition, GCSE mathematics provides students with essential skills for other key subjects such as Science, Geography, Computer Science and Food & Nutrition, as well as providing students with the tools they need to flourish beyond school.

Table of topics

Year 9, 10 and 11 – Foundation MathsYear 9, 10 and 11 – Higher Maths
Representing and interpreting data
Algebraic development
Properties of numbers
Equations and inequalities
Fractions, decimals and percentages
Angles and parallel lines
Geometry, including 3D forms
Straight line graphs
Ratio and proportion
Pythagoras’ theorem and trigonometry
Multiplicative reasoning
Quadratic expressions and equations
Plans, elevations and constructions
Similarity and congruency
Cubic and reciprocal graphs
Representing and interpreting data
Algebraic development 1
Properties of numbers
Fractions, decimals, percentages and ratio
Angles, parallel lines, Pythagoras’ theorem and trigonometry
Geometry, including 3D forms
Transformations and constructions
Quadratic expressions and equations
Multiplicative reasoning
Comparing data: cumulative frequency, boxplots and histograms
Accuracy and bounds
Direct and inverse proportion
Algebraic development 2
Pythagoras’ theorem and trigonometry in 3D planes
Similarity and congruency in 2D and 3D
Circles: theorems and co-ordinate geometry
Graphs: finding areas and transformations
Exam board: (GCSE Edexcel 1MA1) Foundation Tier
Externally assessed examinations covering any part of the specification
Paper 1 Non Calculator
Papers 2 and 3 Calculator allowed
Length of each paper 1hr 30 mins
Each contributing 33.33% of the final grade
Exam board: (GCSE OCR J560) Higher Tier
Externally assessed examinations covering any part of the specification
Paper 4 Calculator allowed
Paper 5 Non Calculator
Paper 6 Calculator allowed
Length of each paper 1hr 30 mins
Each contributing 33.33% of the final grade

Find out more about the Edexcel Foundation Tier qualification.

Find out more about the OCR Higher Tier qualification.

Miss R Lavery | Subject Leader – Mathematics | laveryr@prentonhighschool.co.uk