Curriculum Intent
The Mathematics Department aims to provide all students with a rewarding and enjoyable experience of mathematics. We will prepare students to become confident, numerate individuals who are able to deal with all aspects of mathematics in their chosen career and in all aspects of their adult life.
This will be accomplished through our commitment to excellent teaching, a welldesigned curriculum with an interesting variety of lessons to motivate and engage all students. We have high expectations of all students so that they will recognise and achieve their full potential. We hope that students will develop their own skills in analysis, reasoning, creativity, collaboration and selfevaluation so that they can meet the mathematical problems they face with thoughtfulness and enthusiasm.
Mathematics at Werneth School is an exciting and interesting subject which is related to the world around us. We have adopted a ‘mastery approach’, which means that when a concept has been mastered students will then solve complex problems and apply to real life scenarios to develop depth of understanding. A 5 year scheme builds skills, year on year, to enable students to become fluent in maths and have the ability to apply what they know to unfamiliar areas of the curriculum; an essential life skill. Units are taught in six week blocks where students' knowledge is regularly evaluated. There is a final summative assessment at the end of the unit.
In our classrooms, students experience a variety of activities including problem solving, group work and investigations, alongside more traditional consolidation, and practice. We are a wellresourced department of 10 specialist teachers with access to many dedicated resources such as Sparx maths. All of these are available to support the student’s independent learning outside the classroom.
Curriculum Features
 To become fluent in numerate techniques that support good progress in mathematics and are essential life skills for be prepared for further education and working life
 To develop the oracy skills and use of technical language in the subject so that students can articulate their thoughts and provide reasoning for their work
 To provide deep learning of mathematical concepts through mastery learning activities throughout the five year curriculum
 To enhance students knowledge of mathematics in the real world by providing contextual learning experiences such as learning compound percentages by studying mortgages
 To provide learners the opportunity to study mathematics further through additional curricular opportunities in statistics and further mathematics.
 To build mathematical resilience to support problem solving throughout the curriculum and develop that as a skill which can be used cross curriculum
 A curriculum that is designed for students to learn to their ability as well as aspiring to improve throughout
Curriculum Overview
Year 7

Autumn 
Spring 
Summer 

Area of study: 
Addition and its applications 
Subtraction and its applications 
Multiplication and its applications 
Division and its applications 
Fractions, decimals and percentages 
Angles and measuring 
What should they know? 
How to add numbers including decimals, negatives and fractions
How to use place value as a tool to manipulate and identify numbers 
How to subtract numbers including decimals, negatives and fractions
Can use place value as a tool to manipulate and identify numbers 
How to subtract multiply numbers including decimals, negatives and fractions
Can combine previous skills alongside applications of multiplication 
How to subtract division numbers including decimals, negatives and fractions
Can combine previous skills alongside applications of multiplication 
Can confidently work with numbers presented in either fractional, decimal or percentage form as well as changing between forms 
The importance of angles and their uses including the rules that govern them and where those rules were postulated from
The importance of units of measure and how and why we convert between different systems 
What should they be able to do? 
Be able to apply the above skills to functional questions including applications such as working with money, timetables and algebraic expressions
To utilise these skills for geometrical purposes such as perimeter and angles 
Be able to apply the above skills to functional questions including applications such as working with temperatures and understanding debt
To utilise these skills for geometrical and working with inverse operations 
Be able to apply the skills of multiplication to a variety of topics such as solving equations
To apply the knowledge of multiplication to real world scenarios such as finding areas 
Be able to apply the skills of division to a variety of topics such as sharing into quantities
To apply the knowledge of division to real world scenarios such as sequences that occur in nature 
Confidently work with numbers presented in either fractional, decimal or percentage form as well as changing between forms
Can manipulate the forms of FDP to perform calculations including percentage changes 
Can confidently draw and measure angles
Can use the rules of angles to find missing angles around points, on lines and within triangles
Can confidently convert between units and have an understanding of the parameters of units for measures 
Key vocabulary 
Sum Fraction Decimal Value Negative Perimeter 
Difference Fraction Decimals Value Negative Debt 
Product Area Simplify Expressions Estimate 
Geometric Arithmetic Sequence

Percentage Fraction Decimal Increase Decrease Change 
Obtuse Reflex Acute convert 
Assessment 
To ensure consistency of assessment across the year for students we use the following model

Year 8

Autumn 
Spring 
Summer 

Area of study: 
Sequences and Equations 
Indices 
Constructions 
Ratio and Scale 
2D shapes 
Data handling 
What should they know? 
The use of sequences and the rules that differing sequences use
How algebra can be applied to questions to find unknowns in a variety of contexts 
To connect the idea of multiplication to the use of index notation
To apply index notation to simplify algebra of increasing complexity 
How to create accurate diagrams including the use of angles to identify locations
To develop angles knowledge into polygons 
The use of ratio to share amounts into unequal parts
Using ratio and scales to create diagrams and using maps 
To explore the properties of 2D shapes including finding the area of shapes such as trapeziums and compound shapes
To understand the use of surface area in real life contexts 
The different statistical diagrams that can be used in maths including their uses and limitations
How different statistical procedures can be applied to a data set to provide conclusions and which are most appropriate 
What should they be able to do? 
To find the nth term of a sequence and to use this to find terms in a sequence or whether a number is in a sequence
To solve equations with up to three operations including basic applications of this skill with perimeter and angles 
To be able to explain why the rules of indices work and then use said rules in a variety of algebraic simplifications
To use the above rules to expand and factorise single brackets as a key algebraic skill 
To be able to draw a triangle accurately using a compass and protractor and then to use this skills to identify regions using Loci
To understand the rules of internal and external polygon angles and apply these to complex shape problems 
Able to take a ratio and simplify it into its simplest form.
Share a given amount into a ratio or find that total given a part amount
To use a scale on a map or diagram to find real life dimensions 
To be able to find the area of two dimensional shapes including circles
To be able to calculate a surface area and then use this in a functional context to find required amount of materials and or cost 
To be able to draw and interpret a range of statistical diagrams including pie charts and various graphs
To be able to find averages of data and choose a correct average for the data set including reasoning 
Key vocabulary 
Sequence Rule Reverse Operation 
Index Indices Simplification Evaluate 
Bisector Loci External Internal 
Scale Ratio Share

Area Trapezium parallelogram Compound Surface area 
Pie chart Mode Mean Range Median 
Assessment 
To ensure consistency of assessment across the year for students we use the following model

Year 9

Autumn 
Spring 
Summer 

Area of study: 
Principles of algebra 
Graphs and coordinates 
Proportional reasoning 
Reasoning with number 
probability 
Transformations 
What should they know? 
Complex algebraic techniques involving binomials
Solving more complex equations such as those with multiple unknowns of either the same or different variables 
Exploring the principles of graphs including how coordinates work and finding missing vertices
using graphs of real life contexts to find rates of change 
Exploring proportional relationships and how changing operations effect results
Working with compound units in a variety of contexts 
Students expand on knowledge of percentages and how to use them in different contexts such as bank accounts
Exploration of standard form and how it used to identify large and small numbers 
Students explore the use of probability and how it is calculated in theory and then its limitations in real world scenarios
Students study the use of Venn diagrams and how they are used to display information 
Students explore the use of transformations to move shapes around a coordinate grid.
Similar shapes and their properties including the connection to enlargement 
What should they be able to do? 
Students can expand and factorise quadratic expressions
Students can solve equations and inequalities that involve multiple operations
Students can solve a simultaneous equation to find two unknowns in a variety of ways 
Students can plot and calculate coordinates in two and three dimensions
Students can utilise skills with linear graphs including plotting, finding the equation of and interpreting those that have context 
Able to find missing amounts using both direct and inverse proportional reasoning
Can apply the above skills to working out best buys, currency conversions and recipe scaling
Can calculate speed, density and pressure 
Students can expand their knowledge of percentages to using multipliers and then utilise this to find compound percentages and reverse percentages
Students can put numbers into and out of standard form including performing four operations on numbers in standard form 
Able to calculate a probability from a variety of scenarios
Can calculate a relative frequency and then relate this to what would happen in reality
Can calculate the probability of multiple events happening Can populate a venn diagram and calculate a given probability 
Students are able to perform reflections, rotations and translations as well as being able to describe an already given transformations
Students will be able to enlarge a shape on a coordinate grid including from a given point
Students will be able to give the conditions under which shapes are similar and find missing sides in said shapes 
Key vocabulary 
Factorise Solve Binomial Quadratic 
Coordinate Axis Gradient Intercept 
Speed Density Pressure Conversion 
Standard form Multiplier Compound Interest 
Probability Exclusive Mutually Independent Union Interception 
Reflect Rotate Translate Enlarge Similar Scale Factor Congruent 
Assessment 
To ensure consistency of assessment across the year for students we use the following model


Autumn 
Spring 
Summer 

Area of study: 
Principles of algebra 
Graphs and coordinates 
Proportional reasoning 
Reasoning with number 
probability 
Transformations 
What should they know? 
Complex algebraic techniques involving binomials
Solving more complex equations such as those with multiple unknowns of either the same or different variables 
Exploring the principles of graphs including how coordinates work and finding missing vertices
using graphs of real life contexts to find rates of change 
Exploring proportional relationships and how changing operations effect results
Working with compound units in a variety of contexts 
Students expand on knowledge of percentages and how to use them in different contexts such as bank accounts
Exploration of standard form and how it used to identify large and small numbers 
Students explore the use of probability and how it is calculated in theory and then its limitations in real world scenarios
Students study the use of Venn diagrams and how they are used to display information 
Students explore the use of transformations to move shapes around a coordinate grid.
Similar shapes and their properties including the connection to enlargement 
What should they be able to do? 
Students can expand and factorise quadratic expressions
Students can solve equations and inequalities that involve multiple operations
Students can solve a simultaneous equation to find two unknowns in a variety of ways 
Students can plot and calculate coordinates in two and three dimensions
Students can utilise skills with linear graphs including plotting, finding the equation of and interpreting those that have context 
Able to find missing amounts using both direct and inverse proportional reasoning
Can apply the above skills to working out best buys, currency conversions and recipe scaling
Can calculate speed, density and pressure 
Students can expand their knowledge of percentages to using multipliers and then utilise this to find compound percentages and reverse percentages
Students can put numbers into and out of standard form including performing four operations on numbers in standard form 
Able to calculate a probability from a variety of scenarios
Can calculate a relative frequency and then relate this to what would happen in reality
Can calculate the probability of multiple events happening Can populate a venn diagram and calculate a given probability 
Students are able to perform reflections, rotations and translations as well as being able to describe an already given transformations
Students will be able to enlarge a shape on a coordinate grid including from a given point
Students will be able to give the conditions under which shapes are similar and find missing sides in said shapes 
Key vocabulary 
Factorise Solve Binomial Quadratic 
Coordinate Axis Gradient Intercept 
Speed Density Pressure Conversion 
Standard form Multiplier Compound Interest 
Probability Exclusive Mutually Independent Union Interception 
Reflect Rotate Translate Enlarge Similar Scale Factor Congruent 
Assessment 
To ensure consistency of assessment across the year for students we use the following model

GCSE Exam Information:
 GCSE examination in Maths follows the Edexcel 91 specification
 Students will sit three exam papers (1 non calculator and 2 calculator papers) each are weighted equally at 80 marks and have equal time lengths of 90 minutes
 Students will be assigned to a tier based on their academic performance throughout school with foundation tier covering grades U5 and the higher tier grades 39. Students will only sit the higher tier if their assessment results consistently show they are able to achieve a strong pass
As a department we recommend the following revision book , this is available to buy from school at a discounted price from regular retailers
Useful links:
 Maths department utilises the SPARX maths program for all homework and revision purposes. A support video on how to use this and its purpose can be found in the subject powerpoint below. Link to Sparx
 There are numerous GCSE websites available for Mathematics support and revision, as a department we advocate the use of the following sites which contain GCSE support videos and exam questions that students can download and answer
Any enquiries about Mathematics can be made by emailing the address below...