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Subject Lead - Mrs Clare Sargeant, 01805 623531 Ext. 351 or

Teachers - Mr Steven Beams, Miss Amber Davey-Wright, Mr Jonathan Jones, Miss Jessica Lomax, Mrs Melanie Priday, Mr Alex Peacock and Miss Lucy Evans


Homework tasks for Years 7-10 will be set on Sparx, see link below. Please feel free to complete any independent learning task on Sparx to support your learning.



The teaching of maths at GTS focuses on achieving the following intents:


  • To build on prior knowledge and provide the building blocks to be able to proceed to study mathematics at a higher level
  • To develop fluency of procedural methods before developing skills in application, reasoning and problem solving. 
  • Provide pupils with rich knowledge, skills and deep conceptual understanding of mathematical concepts so that pupils can take advantage of the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life. ​ 
  • Insure pupils are highly mathematically literate, numerate and mathematically creative. ​ 
  • We strive to provide opportunities to interleave mathematical topics both in maths and other curriculum areas 
  • To inspire pupils to see the beauty of mathematics, to be confident mathematicians and recognise the opportunities it creates for them


Curriculum & Qualifications


KS3 Curriculum Outline


The tables below are a guide only, where pupils are set by ability the pace at which pupils progress through this content may differ.


Year 7 TopicsTerm
Algebraic notation 
Equality and equivalence 
Place value and ordering integers and decimals 
Autumn Term

Fraction decimal and percentage equivalence

Solving problems with addition and subtraction
Solving problems with multiplication and division
Fractions and percentages of an amount

Spring Term

Four operations with directed number
Addition and subtraction of fractions

Developing Geometrical reasoning 
Developing number sense 
Prime numbers and proof

Summer Term


Year 8 TopicsTerm
Ratio and proportion
Multiplicative change
Multiplying and dividing fractions
Working in the Cartesian plane
Representing data
Autumn Term


Brackets, equations and inequalities
Fractions and percentages

Spring Term

Standard/index form

Number Sense

Angles in Parallel lines and Polygons
Areas of Trapezia and circles
The Data Handling Cycle / Measures of location

Summer Term


Year 9 TopicsTerm
Showing graphically
Algebraic notation
Testing conjectures
3D shapes
Autumn Term


Types of numbers
Using percentages

Spring Term

Rotation and translation

Enlargement and similarity
Ratio and proportion

Summer Term


KS4 Curriculum Outline


KS4 Maths focuses on the curriculum for the Maths GCSE. Pupils at GTS can take either the Foundation or Higher papers.


Pupils will cover GCSE Foundation content in Year 10, the pace at which pupils progress through this content is personalised to their Maths group and the table and for some pupils this content will continue into Year 11 followed by time to concentrate on recapping and consolidating their learning to date. Other pupils will diverge to the higher content for Year 11.


Year 10 TopicsTerm
CR1 Representation
CR2 Pythagoras, Trigonometry and Bearings
CR3 Fractions, Ratio and Proportion
CR4 Equations, Formulae and Compound Measures
Autumn Term
CR5 Inequalities and Averages
CR6 Linear and Quadratic graphs
CR7 Angles
CR8 Percentages
Spring Term
CR9 Area including Circles, Arcs and Sectors
CR10 Volume
CR11 Congruence and Similarity transformations
CR12 Real life graphs
Summer Term


Higher pupils will spend Year 11 studying topics unique to their exam and which require far greater depth and breadth of mathematical knowledge.


Year 11 TopicsTerm
WA1 Fractions, indices and surds
WA2 Expressions and formulae
WA3 Equations and proportionality
WA4 Bounds, surface area and similarity
WA5 Circles, coordinate geometry and area under a curve
Autumn Term
WA6 Trigonometry and graphs
WA7 Further representing data
WA8 Circle theorems
WA9 Functions and transformations
WA10 Proof
Spring Term
Revision and ExamsSummer Term


Our pupils are entered for the GCSE in Maths, with a small amount of pupils taking their Entry Level and Foundation Level qualifications instead. These pupils follow a dedicated curriculum in KS4, which is separate from the GCSE curriculum. 
For the GCSE our exam board is AQA. 

GCSE courses in mathematics should enable pupils to: 


  • develop fluent knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts 
  • acquire, select and apply mathematical techniques to solve problems 
  • reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences and draw conclusions 
  • comprehend, interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context. 


In practice this means for the exams:

The pupils are entered for either Foundation Tier or Higher Tier GCSE papers. The Foundation Tier covers grades 1 to 5 and the Higher Tier grades 4 to 9. Both tiers have 3 exams to sit, 2 with a calculator and 1 without the use of a calculator. 
Each paper is assessed in the same way 


  • written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes 
  • 80 marks 
  • Each paper contributes 1/3 of the GCSE Mathematics assessment 


The questions are a mix of question styles, from short, single-mark questions to multi-step problems. The mathematical demand increases as a pupil progresses through the paper. Each paper is composed of a mix of all of the content covered in the GCSE qualification and each topic area contributes the following % of the overall assessment.


Topic AreaFoundation Tier (%) Higher Tier (%)
Number 2515
Ratio 2520
Probability and statistics (combined)1515


For those pupils undertaking Functional Skills Mathematics, we follow the Pearson EdExcel Scheme of Work.

Functional Skills qualifications provide reliable evidence of a learner’s achievements against demanding content that is relevant to the workplace. The qualifications assess learners’ underpinning subject knowledge and their ability to apply this knowledge to different contexts.
Pupils will be entered at a level of their ability (Entry Level to Level 2). 


These qualifications give learners the opportunity to:


  • Demonstrate a sound grasp of the underpinning skills and basics of mathematical problem-solving skills appropriate to the level, and the ability to apply mathematical thinking to solve problems in familiar situations
  • Achieve a foundation for progression into employment
  • Apply mathematical thinking to solve simple problems in familiar situations.

Learners who achieve Pearson Edexcel Functional Skills Qualifications in Mathematics at Entry Levels 1- to 3 can progress through the levels to Functional Skills Qualifications in Mathematics at Levels 1 and 2 or further mathematical study, such as GCSE.

In order to progress between levels, pupils will complete assessments, each comprising two sections – a non-calculator section (calculator prohibited) and a calculator section (calculator permitted).

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