Maths and Numeracy

Faculty Leader: Mr W Woodfine

Aims of the department

The aim of the department is to develop in students:

  • A positive attitude towards mathematics and an awareness of its applications and uses.
  • An understanding of mathematics through a process of enquiry and experiment.
  • Competence and confidence in mathematical knowledge, concepts and skills.
  • An ability to solve problems, to reason, to think logically and to work systematically and logically.
  • Initiative and an ability to work both independently and in co-operation with others.
  • An ability to communicate through mathematics.
  • An ability to use and apply mathematics across the curriculum and in real life. 

Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9)

What will students study?

Students study mathematical topics from each of the areas the Key Stage. Number skills are especially important in Key Stage 3 and mental arithmetic practice forms an integral part of the students’ experience. Problem solving skills are developed over the Key Stage in all areas of mathematics.

Mathematical Processes and Applications                                                                           

  • Developing skills in mathematical reasoning.
  • Communicating ideas and solving problems.


  • Use a calculator effectively and efficiently.
  • Developing a sound understanding and practice of numerical skills.


  • Experimenting with and analysing patterns in number.
  • Expressing relationships in a structured form including using symbolic and graphical representations.                                     

Geometrical Reasoning                                                                                            

  • Measurement
  • Understanding standard units
  • Exploring the properties of shapes and their transformations
  • Specifying location                                                                  

Mathematical Processes and Applications

  • The collection, recording, processing and interpretation of data
  • Displaying data in a variety of forms                                        

Key Stage 4 (Years 9 and 10)

What course do students follow?

What will students study?
The National Curriculum programmes of study for Key Stage 4 in Mathematics.  There are two programmes of study, higher and foundation.  These cover grades 9 to 1 at GCSE.
Assessment and details of Examination
The GCSE specification has been written to assess the Key Stage 4 programmes of study in Mathematics

  • This course is designed to offer students the opportunity to acquire a valuable qualification often requested by employers.
  • This particular course has a simplified linear structure.
  • Higher Tier covering grades 9 to 4.
  • Foundation Tier covering grades 5 to 1.
  • Paper 1 will be a non-calculator paper (33.33%).
  • Paper 2 will be a calculator paper (33.33%).
  • Paper 3 will be a calculator paper (33.33%).
  • There is no coursework in Mathematics.

Where can I find more information?
More information about the course can be found using the link below.

Assessment resources
Assessment resources can be found using the link below.

Careers information
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