Mathematics
Intent
The intent of the maths curriculum at THS is to provide students with a foundation for understanding number, reasoning, logical thinking, and resilient problem solving so that they are fully prepared for the future. Students are given opportunities to become confident and competent at using maths in everyday life and learn skills which are transferable.
The Key Stage 3 maths curriculum builds on the skills and knowledge acquired at Key Stage 2 to lay strong foundations for the GCSE course. Students experience a broad range of content across the following areas of mathematics: number, geometry, algebra and statistics. They are given regular opportunities to see how these areas are connected and how they are applied to real life problems.
Topics
The tables below give an outline of topics to be taught throughout Years 7 to 9. Topics will be taught at the appropriate level of difficulty for each maths set, with opportunities for every student to consolidate prior learning, develop new skills and experience breadth across the curriculum.
Homework will be set by the class teacher on a regular basis. This may take the form of finishing set work, revision of skills, investigating new topics or solving problems.
If your child is taught by more than one teacher, the topics may be taught in a different order throughout the year.
Year 7
Term 
Topic 

Examples of Content 
Autumn 
Algebra Geometry Number Statistics 
Sequences
Transformations 2D & 3D shape Angles Arithmetic Data 

Spring 
Algebra Geometry Number Statistics 
Expressions and formulae Types of number Equations Shapes Measure Probability 

Summer 
Algebra Geometry Number Statistics 
Equations Graphs and the coordinate grid 2D and 3D shapes Constructions Arithmetic and number skills Ratio and proportion Data 

Year 8
Term 
Topic 

Examples of Content 
Autumn 
Algebra Geometry Number Statistics 
Expressions & formulae Equations Shape Arithmetic Types of number Probability 

Spring 
Algebra Geometry Number 
Sequences Transformations Angles Circles 3D shapes Operations 

Summer 
Algebra Number Geometry Statistics 
Expressions, equations and formulae Ratio and proportion Skills Construction Data Averages 

Year 9
Term 
Topic 
Examples of Content 

Autumn 
Algebra Geometry Number Statistics 
Functions and sequences Equations and inequalities Angles Pythagoras' theorem Arithmetic Ratio and proportion Data Averages 

Spring 
Algebra Number Geometry Statistics 
Equations and functions Expressions and formulae Types of number Transformations 2D and 3D shapes Measures Probability 

Summer 
Geometry Number 
3D shapes Trigonometry Measurement Proportional reasoning Arithmetic 

GCSE Mathematics
ASLevel Core Mathematics
Examination Board: AQA
Introduction and Structure
This is a new one year qualification aimed at students who have achieved a Grade 4 or above at GCSE. Students are expected to study three Alevels alongside core maths.
Core mathematics has been designed to maintain and develop reallife mathematical skills. The course will include a financial mathematics element and can help with other Alevel subjects, in particular with science, geography, business studies, economics and psychology. Core maths involves solving meaningful problems to increase your confidence in using mathematics. This will enable you to be better equipped for the mathematical demands of your other courses, higher education and employment.
What areas would you study?
As well as building on prior knowledge the core mathematics specification covers new mathematical areas including:
 maths for personal finance
 estimation
 critical analysis of given data and models
 critical path analysis
 expectation
 cost benefit analysis
How are you assessed?
At the end of the year you will sit two papers, both 90 minutes, calculator allowed.
Entrance Requirements: Core Mathematics
Minimum requirement: 6 GCSEs Grades 94 (or equivalent), including Grade 4 or above in English and maths
ALevel Mathematics
Examination Board: AQA
Introduction and Structure
Mathematics and further mathematics are versatile qualifications covering the uptodate application and theory of a range of mathematical disciplines.
What areas would you study?
 pure mathematics: methods and techniques which underpin the study of all other areas of mathematics, such as, proof, algebra, trigonometry, calculus, and vectors.
 statistics: statistical sampling, data presentation and probability leading to the study of statistical distributions.
 mechanics: the study of the physical world, modelling the motion of objects and the forces acting on them.
Entrance Requirements: Mathematics
Minimum requirement: 6 GCSEs Grades 94 (or equivalent), including Grade 6 or above in maths and Grade 4 or above in English
ALevel Further Mathematics
Examination Board: AQA
What areas would you study?
 pure mathematics content, making up at least 50% of the qualification
The remainder of the content is made up of options which include:
 additional pure mathematics
 additional mechanics
 discrete mathematics
Entrance Requirements: Further Mathematics
Minimum requirement: 6 GCSEs Grades 94 (or equivalent), including Grade 7 or above in maths and Grade 4 or above in English
How do you learn?
The mathematics courses build on the key concepts learnt in Key Stage 4. There are nine lessons for each every fortnight. Homework will be set regularly and there is an expectation that you will spend time undertaking independent study to ensure you are following the course content.
How are you assessed?
100% examination. There are three terminal papers. There are no coursework or controlled assessment elements.
Careers and Progression
Mathematics Alevel is wellrespected by employers, providing students with strong logical and analytical skills. For most science, technology, engineering and mathematics degree courses, Alevel mathematics is a requirement and Alevel further mathematics is highly desirable. The skills learnt are of great benefit in other subjects such as physics, chemistry, biology, computing, geography, psychology, economics and business studies.
There are many applications of mathematics in technology from games design and aircraft modelling through to forensics and DNA sequencing. Financial systems and online purchasing systems are underpinned by mathematics, relying heavily on online security and encryption. A good understanding of algebra, graphs, logarithms and probability are beneficial for the study of chemistry, biology and geography. Psychologists use statistics to analyse the relationships between variables and predict behaviours.
The overriding principle of good assessment is that it should be clearly tied to its intended purpose. There are three main forms of assessment: inschool formative assessment, used by teachers to evaluate students’ knowledge and understanding on a daytoday basis and to tailor teaching accordingly; inschool summative assessment which enables us to evaluate how much a student has learned at the end of a teaching period; and nationally standardised summative assessment which is used by the government to hold schools to account.
In the maths department we use all three broad overarching forms of assessment.
Daytoday inschool formative assessment
 question and answer during class
 marking of pupils’ work
 observational assessment
 regular short recap quizzes
 scanning work for pupil attainment and development
Inschool summative assessment
 short end of topic and/or unit tests
 end of year exams
 mock exams in Year 11, Year 12 and Year 13
Nationally standardised summative assessment
 GCSE exams at the end of Year 11
 GCE Alevels at the end of Year 13
Over many years we have taken part in World Maths Day, where students compete against other students worldwide. This is a great activity and students enjoy participating.
We have taken a group of Year 8 students to participate in a countywide maths competition at the UEA.
We have had several trips with Year 10 students to the UEA MathsFest, where they attend lectures and are involved in mathematical activities.
In Years 12 and 13 we enter the UKMT maths team challenge and individual challenges. This can lead on to national competitions. We have also had trips to the UEA for maths lectures and activities.