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  1. Curriculum
  2. General information about subjects at KS3
  3. Mathematics


Year 7 & 8

Year 7 & 8 are currently following a mastery scheme of learning. This has been designed for pupils based around the White Rose Mastery Maths scheme of work. Each year group will follow a particular set of topics that will be developed and built on each year and cross curricular links will be made. Please see our curriculum offer page for a breakdown of topics.

Work is differentiated for pupils based on their ability and starting point in secondary school. This allows pupils to follow the curriculum based on their capabilities and builds on knowledge acquired at KS2.

A lot of time is spent on number work in year 7 as this underpins many other areas in Maths. All pupils will be exposed to reasoning and problem solving questions and work will be scaffolded according to ability and support given where necessary. Once pupils have shown understanding of new concepts, they will be extended using further tasks to deepen thinking and more in-depth problem solving rather than moving onto new topics. Below is a quote from the National Curriculum which is linked to the Mastery Schemes of work

"The expectation is that the majority of pupils will move through the programmes of study at broadly the same pace. However, decisions about when to progress should always be based on the security of pupils’ understanding and their readiness to progress to the next stage. Pupils who grasp concepts rapidly should be challenged through being offered rich and sophisticated problems before any acceleration through new content. Those who are not sufficiently fluent with earlier material should consolidate their understanding, including through additional practice, before moving on."

Year 7 will address areas of weakness in their prior knowledge with the use of question level analysis from their KS2 testing. Pupils will follow a tailor made package via Mathswatch in addition to their normal maths lessons.


Pupils will be assessed throughout the year to test knowledge and check understanding and mastery of topics. Pupils will have formal summative assessments once every term. In addition they will also complete three common assessment tasks (CAT’s) per term to assess their mastery for a particular key concept. Questions have been designed to assess fluency, reasoning, problem solving and a student's ability to apply their understanding and address misconceptions.Pupils are no longer assessed using levels. Pupil’s progress will be monitored by developing, securing & mastering indicators.

Below is a brief overview of the time allocation for each topic for both year 7 & 8.




We subscribe to various websites to promote independence in Maths. Pupils can access these on desktop computers and smart devices. All pupils in year 7 & 8 will have access to Sumdog & ttrockstars to encourage practising their maths skills including times tables. Logins will be issued via their class teacher.


Mr Corbett Maths

Year 9

Year 9 have now started their G.C.S.E course. They are following the Edexcel three year scheme of work. Please see KS4 subject information.