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Years 7 and 8

When Year 7 join the school in September, they are put into mixed-ability groupings.

Once they progress into Year 8, students are placed into sets based on their current level of progression in Mathematics.

Throughout Key Stage 3, there are regular assessment opportunities to allow for tracking of progress and ensuring students are working at the correct level for them to be challenged and still make progress. The subject content will meet the requirements of the National Curriculum at Key Stage 3.

Our aims at Key Stage 3 are as follows:

  • Use and apply mathematics in practical tasks, real-life problems and within mathematics itself
  • Work on problems that pose a challenge for every student
  • Students succeed in their Mathematics and also develop a deeper understanding of the key concepts ready for Key Stage 4
  • To assist students to develop their mathematical resilience and independent thinking

Mathematics Lessons

Mathematics lessons at Key Stage 3 allow for regular opportunities to review and reflect on learning. The lessons will be varied to accommodate a range of learning styles, with practical work, group work and some ICT lessons being used. Homework is set regularly to reinforce classroom learning and allow further revision of topics of challenge. Assessments will follow the whole-school policy and will be a mixture of topic assessments to test understanding and mixed-topic assessments to assess students’ retention and ability to reproduce prior learning.

The Course

There are four main areas of Mathematics addressed:

  • Number and Algebra – this focuses on general calculations and introduces abstract reasoning and problem-solving
  • Shape, Space and Measures – this helps develop spatial awareness and also introduces various concepts of proof
  • Data Handling – in a world ruled more and more by data, this helps develop the representation and analysis of data whilst testing hypotheses.
  • Functional Mathematics – this focuses on applying all of the above areas but in real-life context including problem solving


All students will be expected to bring to every Mathematics lesson a pen and pencil, a ruler and a calculator. I would recommend buying a scientific calculator as this will allow your child to get to know how it works through Key Stage 3 and should last them beyond their GCSEs.  It is a worth-while investment.


Numeracy Ninjas

Numeracy Ninjas is a free Key Stage 3 numeracy intervention designed to fill gaps in students’ basic mental calculation strategies and also to empower them with the numeracy skills and fluency required to fully access GCSE Maths concepts when they move to Key Stage 4 study.

Students who are confident and fluent in the numeracy foundations of maths are better equipped to thrive when they learn the higher-level concepts.

We believe Numeracy Ninja can play an important role in preventing any gaps students have in their basic numeracy strategies from becoming barriers to their learning.  Within year 7, topics are identified and selected as key skills where students have gaps in knowledge. These skills are practiced with 10 questions on the topic per day at the start of the lesson and progress is monitored to identify progress has been made. In year 8, student practice mixed numeracy skills for the first 5 minutes of every lesson to continually reinforce their learning.

All abilities use Numeracy Ninjas as it is an important method of support in preventing any gaps students have in their basic numeracy strategies from becoming barriers to their learning.

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Extra Activities and Challenges

Throughout the school life for our students, they have a variety of opportunities to get involved with, such as numeracy activities to raise money for the NSPCC and the UKMT Junior maths challenge. Selected Year 8 students have the opportunity to be involved in a council wide “data analysis climate change research project” along with the feeder primary schools.  The flourishing department is also putting steps in place in order to run trips such as Team Maths Challenges and visits to Wincanton Racecourse to learn about probability and betting.




Examination Board and Qualification:

Year 11: AQA (9-1)  (8300)  – examinations 2020


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What is Mathematics?

Mathematics concerns the study of number, patterns and relationships, shape & space, statistics and probability which are combined with problem solving and reasoning. Mathematics developed originally through practical requirements which still are central to its use. All students will follow a programme of study based upon the National Curriculum.

Course Structure

GCSE Mathematics assesses the Key Stage 4 programme of study which schools and colleges are required to teach. The secondary mathematics program of study has expanded with more higher level content than has been seen previously. There is also more focus on Geometry and Ratio, for example Trigonometry is now covered in both tiers, which previously was only assessed at the higher tier. There will still be some emphasis in examinations on applying mathematics and using mathematics to solve problems, and some questions will be set in contexts that students should be expected to deal with in the real world.

All pupils will follow the linear specification at either Foundation tier (grades 1 to 5) or Higher tier (grades 5 to 9) – this means that all of the examinations are taken at the end of the course.  Within each tier, they will explore topics in Algebra, Number, Ratio, Geometry, Statistics and Probability.

Assessment for the course is by 3 terminal papers taken at the end of Year 11, which are equally weighted.

Linear Mathematics

  • Paper 1 (non-calculator) 1 hour and 30 minute examination: 1/3 of the GCSE
  • Paper 2 (calculator) 1 hour and 30 minute examination: 1/3 of  the GCSE
  • Paper 3 (calculator) 1 hour and 30 minute examination: 1/3 of the GCSE

 Why Study Mathematics

This is a core subject which students have to study. Mathematics is used throughout the world as an essential tool in many fields, including science, engineering, medicine, and the social sciences and is a basic entry requirement for many courses and forms of employment.  Mathematics should encourage learners to be inspired by following a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study.  The most able students will be in a position to access A-level Mathematics at Key Stage 5 and some students might consider the Further Mathematics A-level which is considered helpful for Oxbridge Mathematics and Science courses.

Free Standing Mathematics Qualification (FSMQ)

We thrive on challenging all our students and to make sure we support our most gifted mathematicians we often offer the FSMQ qualification whilst they study for their GCSE, available to students who are currently on track for a grade 8 or 9 in their GCSE Mathematics exam.

This course provides candidates with an introduction to the mathematics studied in AS and A-Level GCE modules. It is designed for those students who have a thorough knowledge of the content of the Higher Tier of the National Curriculum for Mathematics.

Exam board for FSMQ: OCR Additional Mathematics (6993)


All students will be expected to bring to every Mathematics lesson, a ruler, protractor, a pair of compasses and a calculator. I would recommend buying a scientific calculator as this will allow your child to get to know how it works and should last them beyond their GCSEs. So it is a worth- while investment.

Other Important Details

In Year 11 students are invited to purchase study guides to assist their revision. We support the revision process by offering supported study sessions and mathematics intervention during tutor time.

Extra Activities and Challenges

Throughout their school life, students have a variety of opportunities to get involved with such as raising money for the NSPCC through numeracy activities in number week and the UKMT Intermediate Maths Challenge. Within the flourishing department, we are looking to incorporate further mathematical opportunities such as visits from Exeter Mathematics

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