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What is the overall aim of what we are learning in Maths?

The intention of the Maths curriculum is that students will become fluent in the fundamentals of maths and be able to reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, by describing relationships and by developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.  They will be exposed to varied and increasingly complex problems over time, so that students develop a conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply mathematical knowledge rapidly and accurately.

What are students learning in Year 7 & 8?

In year 7 students will predominantly cover work on number, algebra and ratio. This will build on concepts taught at Key Stage 2 such as fractions and percentages. New material will also be introduced such as solving equations and ratio problems.

In year 8 the curriculum focuses on geometry, probability and statistics whilst still having ample opportunities to revisit work covered in year 7.   Some topics will be familiar to the students such as area and perimeter whilst others will be new such as angles in polygons and Venn diagrams

Why are they learning these things?

Number and Algebra are at the heart of Maths and the concepts introduced in year 7 will be built on as they progress through the school. The shape and data topics allow the year 8 students to study different areas of Maths whilst using some of their number and algebra skills in more practical and real-life scenarios

Year 8 - Scheme of Learning Overview
8.1   Geometry 1
8.2 Probability 1
8.3 Statistics 1
8.4 Geometry 2
8.5 Statistics 2
8.6 Geometry 3



What are the students learning in Year 9, 10 & 11?

In Key Stage 4, students continue to develop their skills learnt at Key Stage 3. Students will study topics from Number, Algebra, Shape, Space & Measure, Ratio & Proportion, Probability and Data Handling. They will build on the knowledge they have already gained and gradually improve their ability to problem solve and to reason mathematically.

Why are they learning these things?

All the content taught at Key Stage4 prepares our students to become able mathematicians who can apply their knowledge to everyday situations. The skills they acquire will prepare them for the GCSE exams they sit at the end of year 11.

Year 9 - Scheme of Learning Overview
9.1 Unit 1 a - Higher Unit 1b - Higher Unit 1c - Higher Unit 1d - Higher
Unit 1a - Foundation Unit 1b - Foundation Unit 1c - Foundation Unit 1d - Foundaton
9.2 Unit 2 a - Higher Unit 2b - Higher Unit 2c - Higher  
Unit 2a - Foundation Unit 2b - Foundation Unit 2c - Foundation  
9.3   Unit 3      
9.4   Unit 4      
9.5   Unit 5      
Year 10 - Scheme of Learning Overview
10.1 Unit 6a - Higher Unit 6b - Higher Unit 6c - Higher
Unit 6a - Foundation Unit 6b - Foundation  
10.2 Unit 7a - Higher Unit 7b - Higher Unit 7c - Higher
Unit 7a - Foundation Unit 7b - Foundation  
10.3 Unit 8
10.4 Unit 9
10.5 Unit 10
10.6 Unit 11
10.7 Unit 12
10.8 Unit 13
Year 11 - Scheme of Learning Overview
11.1   Unit 14a - Higher Unit 14b - Higher
Unit 14 - Foundation  
11.2 Unit 15 - Higher   
Unit 15a - Foundation Unit 15b - Foundation
11.3 Unit 16
11.4 Unit 17
11.5 Unit 18
11.6 Unit 19
11.7 Unit 20



What are students learning in Year 12 & 13?

Two thirds of the Maths A Level course is Pure Maths which consists of the topics detailed below. One third is Applied Maths which is split into Statistics and Mechanics.

Why are they learning these things? 

Mathematical and statistical problem solving, data analysis and interpretation skills are all developed through the study of A-level Maths and are considered valuable in a broad range of subject areas. Some of the most interesting and well-paid careers revolve around Maths. Careers in finance, medicine, engineering, and business are all open to people with a background in Mathematics, as are careers in technology — Maths being at the very core of all new technological developments.

Year 12 - Scheme of Learning Overview
12.1 Algebraic Expressions
12.2 Quadratics
12.3 Equations and Inequalities
12.4 Graphs and Transformations
12.5 Straight Line Graphs
12.6 Circles
12.7 Algebraic Methods
12.8 The Binomial Expansion
12.9 Trigonometric Ratios
12.10 Trigonometric Identities and Equations
12.11 Vectors
12.12 Differentiation
12.13 Integration
12.14 Exponentials and Logarithms
Year 13 - Scheme of Learning Overview
13.1 Algebraic Methods
13.2 Functions and Graphs
13.3 Sequences and Series
13.4 Binomial Expansion
13.5 Radians
13.6 Trigonometric Functions
13.7 Trigonometry and modelling
13.8 Parametric Equations
13.9 Differentiation
13.10 Numerical Methods
13.11 Integration
13.12 Vectors



How can I find out more about what students are learning?

Schemes of Learning Over the course of this academic year, we will be sharing links to our schemes of learning. You can click on these links to see more about what your child is studying.
GCSE Exam Board See the exam board specification below for a full outline of how the course is structured.
 
GCSE Specification Pearson Edexcel               GCSE Mathematics (9-1)
GCE Exam Board See the exam board specification below for a full outline of how the course is structured.
GCE Specification Pearson Edexcel               Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Mathematics
Subject Contact The name and email address of the subject leader can be found below. Please feel free to contact them if you have any further questions or would like to learn more about the curriculum students are following.
Subject Leader & email Ms C Hobbs               chobbs@northolthigh.org.uk