Staffing of the department

Mr O’Brien – Head of Department
Ms McDonald – Teacher of Maths & 2iC
Ms Lui – Teacher of Maths
Ms Madadeniya – Teacher of Maths
Ms Heffernan – Teacher of Maths

Educational philosophy/Aims of the curriculum

Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems.

It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment.

A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.

KS3 curriculum

The National Curriculum for Mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
  • Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.
  • Can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.

KS3 Programme of study

The KS3 Maths curriculum builds on competencies acquired at KS2 and extends the KS2 Maths curriculum. It includes the following topics:

Year 7

Ch 1 Using Numbers
Ch 2 Decimal Numbers
Ch 3 Sequences
Ch 4 Perimeter, Area and Volume
Ch 5 Working with Numbers
Ch 6 Statistics
Ch 7 Interpreting Data
Ch 8 Algebra
Ch 9 Fractions
Ch 10 Percentages
Ch 11 Ratio
Ch 12 Angles
Ch 13 Coordinates and graphs
Ch 14 Equations
Ch 15 Probability
Ch 16 Symmetry
Ch 17 3D Shapes

Year 8

Ch 1 Working with Numbers
Ch 2 Geometry
Ch 3 Probability
Ch 4 Percentages
Ch 5 Area and Volume of 2D and 3D shapes
Ch 6 Sequences
Ch 7 Graphs
Ch 8 Simplifying Numbers
Ch 9 Interpreting Data
Ch 10 Algebra
Ch 11 Equations and Formulae
Ch 12 Circles
Ch 13 Fractions and Decimals
Ch 14 Proportions
Ch 15 Comparing Date
Ch 16 Congruence and Scaling

GCSE Edexcel
Year 9 Foundation

Ch 1 Numbers
Ch 2 Algebra
Ch 3 Graphs, Tables and Charts
Ch 4 Fractions and Percentages
Ch 5 Equations, Inequalities and Sequences
Ch 6 Angles
Ch 7 Averages and Range

Year 9 Higher

Ch 1 Number
Ch 2 Algebra
Ch 3 Interpreting and representing data
Ch 4 Fractions, ratio and percentages
Ch 5 Angles and trigonometry
Ch 6 Graphs
Ch 7 Area and volume

Links to useful sites for KS3 students, parents and members of the public