Maths
Purpose of study
Mathematics is a creative and highly interconnected 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 highquality 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.
Aims
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 nonroutine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.
Mathematics is an interconnected subject in which pupils need to be able to move fluently between representations of mathematical ideas. The programme of study for key stage 4 is organised into apparently distinct domains, but pupils should develop and consolidate connections across mathematical ideas. They should build on learning from key stage 3 to further develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. They should also apply their mathematical knowledge wherever relevant in other subjects and in financial contexts.
High Attainers will study the following topics during their 5 year course
Key Stage 3
Year 7 
Year 8 
Unit 1 Analysing and displaying data 
Unit 1 Factors and powers 
Unit 2 Number skills 
Unit 2 Working with powers 
Unit 3 Equations, functions and formulae 
Unit 3 2D shapes and 3D solids 
Unit 4 Fractions 
Unit 4 Reallife graphs 
Unit 5 Angles and shapes 
Unit 5 Transformations 
Unit 6 Decimals 
Unit 6 Fractions, decimals and percentages 
Unit 7 Equations 
Unit 7 Constructions and loci 
Unit 8 Multiplicative reasoning 
Unit 8 Probability 
Unit 9 Perimeter, area and volume 
Unit 9 Scale drawings and measurements 
Unit 10 Sequences and graphs 
Unit 10 Graphs 
Key Stage 4 (Higher GCSE)
Year 9 
Year 10 
Year 11 
Unit 1 Number 
Unit 9 Equations and inequalities 
Unit 18 Vectors and geometric proof 
Unit 2 Algebra 
Unit 10 Probability 
Unit 19 Proportion and graphs 
Unit 3 Interpreting and representing data 
Unit 11 Multiplicative reasoning 
Revision for GCSE Exams 
Unit 4 Fractions, ratio and proportion 
Unit 12 Similarly and congruence 

Unit 5 Angles and trigonometry 
Unit 13 More trigonometry 

Unit 6 Graphs 
Unit 14 Further statistics 

Unit 7 Area and volume 
Unit 15 Equations and graphs 

Unit 8 Transformation and constructions 
Unit 16 Circle theorems 


Unit 17 More algebra 

Middle Attainers will study the following topics during their 5 year course
Key Stage 3
Year 7 
Year 8 
Unit 1 Analysing and displaying data 
Unit 1 Number and lesson 
Unit 2 Number skills 
Unit 2 Area and volume 
Unit 3 Expressions, functions and formulae 
Unit 3 Statistics, graphs and charts 
Unit 4 Decimals and measures 
Unit 4 Expressions and equations 
Unit 5 Fractions 
Unit 5 Reallife graphs 
Unit 6 Probability 
Unit 6 Decimals and ratio 
Unit 7 Ratio and proportion 
Unit 7 Lines and angles 
Unit 8 Lines and angles 
Unit 8 Calculating with fractions 
Unit 9 Sequences and graphs 
Unit 9 Straightline graphs 
Unit 10 Transformations 
Unit 10 Percentages, decimals and fractions 
Key Stage 4
At the end of Year 8/start of Year 9, it will be decided whether you will follow the Foundation or Higher route in Years 911. Then following the overviews identified above for Higher Tier GCSE and below for Foundation Tier GCSE.
Low Attainers will study the following topics during their 5 year course
Key Stage 3
Year 7 
Year 8 
Unit 1 Analysing and displaying data 
Unit 1 Number properties and calculations 
Unit 2 Calculating 
Unit 2 Shapes and measures in 3D 
Unit 3 Expressions, functions and formulae 
Unit 3 Statistics 
Unit 4: Graphs 
Unit 4 Expressions and equations 
Unit 5 Factors and multiples 
Unit 5 Decimals calculations 
Unit 6 Decimals and measures 
Unit 6 Angles 
Unit 7 Angles and lines 
Unit 7 Number properties 
Unit 8 Measuring and shapes 
Unit 8 Sequences 
Unit 9 Fractions, decimals and percentages 
Unit 9 Fractions and percentages 
Unit 10: Transformations 
Unit 10 Probability 
Key Stage 4 (Foundation GCSE)
Year 9 
Year 10 
Year 11 
Unit 1 Number 
Unit 9 Graphs 
Unit 18 Fractions, indices and standard form 
Unit 2 Algebra 
Unit 10 Transformations 
Unit 19 Congruence, similarity and vectors 
Unit 3 Graphs, tables and charts 
Unit 11 Ratio and proportion 
Unit 20 More algebra 
Unit 4 Fractions and percentages 
Unit 12 Rightangled triangles 
Revision for GCSE Exams 
Unit 5 Equations, inequalities and sequences 
Unit 13 Probability 

Unit 6 Angles 
Unit 14 Multiplicative reasoning 

Unit 7 Averages and range 
Unit 15 Constructions, loci and bearings 

Unit 8 Perimeter, area and volume 1 
Unit 16 Quadratic equations and graphs 


Unit 17 Perimeter, area and volume 2 

Please follow the link below for further details about the GCSE Maths specification:
http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcelgcses/mathematics2015.html
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