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subject OVERVIEW

Mathematics can be applied in practical tasks, real-life problems and within mathematics itself. The course aims to develop deep learning through the mastery of mathematical vocabulary, conceptual understanding and mathematical reasoning used to solve a variety of problems.

The course of study should help you whether working individually or collaboratively to reason logically, plan strategies and improve your confidence in solving complex problems. 

During Maths lessons you will learn how to:-

  • Use and apply maths in practical tasks, real life problems and within mathematics itself.
  • Develop and use a range of methods of computation and apply these to a variety of problems.
  • Develop mathematical vocabulary and improve mental calculation.
  • Consider how algebra can be used to model real life situations and solve problems.
  • Explore shape and space through drawing and practical work using a range of materials and a variety of different representations.
  • Use statistical methods to formulate questions about data, represent data and draw conclusions.

Engage in practical and experimental activities in order to appreciate principles of probability. There is no coursework

autumn  1 - fractions and percentages


  • Write a number as a product of primes  
  • Find the highest common factor and lowest common multiple using the prime factorisation  
  • Find squares, square roots, cubes and cube roots using prime factorisation  
  • Recognise and name equivalent fractions 
  • Convert fractions to decimals  
  • Convert between mixed numbers and improper fractions  
  • Compare and order numbers (including like and unlike fractions)  
  • Convert simple fractions and decimals to percentages 
  • Express one quantity as a fraction of another  
  • Find a fraction of a set of objects or quantity 
  • Find the whole given a fractional part 
  • Multiply and divide fractions by a whole number or fraction 
  • Solve word problems involving multiplication of a fraction by a whole number or fraction using models and equations to represent the problem 
  • Add and subtract fractions and mixed numbers with like and unlike denominators  
  • Express a quantity as a percentage of another 
  • Convert between fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Compare two quantities using percentages 
  • Find a percentage of an amount with and without a calculator 
  • Increase and decrease a quantity by a given percentage 
  • Find a quantity given a percentage of it 


  • Identify and use the language of factors and multiples, square numbers, cube numbers, prime number, triangular numbers
  • Develop an appreciation for the fundamental theorem of arithmetic
  • Use indices to record repeated multiplication   
  • Interpret, use and explore multiple representations of fractions such as area diagrams, bar models and number lines
  • Understand that a fraction is at once a proportion, a quotient and a number
  • Understand the place of fractions on the number line, and appreciate the infinite number of rational numbers
  • Know that a decimal is equivalent to a decimal fraction 
  • Understand percentages as a ratio of two quantities where one quantity is standardised to 100 
  • Understand percentages as a fractional operator with a denominator of 100 
  • Understand and interpret percentages over 100 
  • Interpret a percentage as a fraction and decimal 


All the content is from Year 7. These units were part of Year 7 Summer 1 and are to be retaught.

In this module learners formally explore fractions and their relation to decimals. The extension of the number system to rational numbers is a highly important stage in learners’ mathematical development. To begin, the uniqueness of the prime number decomposition is explored. This is used to show properties of particular numbers. Prime factorisation is used to determine the highest common factor and lowest common multiple. 

The next two units are dedicated to fractions, building on knowledge of fractions from KS2. Fractions are considered simultaneously as a number, as a way of expressing division, as a continuous part-whole model and as a discrete part of a larger set. Learners compare two or more fractions in a set and order them by their size. Learners extend their understanding of applying the four operations to non-integer values.Bar models, line models and rectangular representations are used heavily throughout to represent the fractional amounts. 

autumn 2 - algebra


  • Generate terms of a linear sequences 
  • Generate terms of a non-linear sequences 
  • Identify different types of linear and non-linear sequences 
  • Find a given term in a linear sequence
  • Generalise the position to term rule for a linear sequence (nth term) 
  • Derive equations and inequalities from contexts 
  • Solve linear equations with an unknown on one side (revise from Year 7) 
  • Solve linear equations with an unknown on both sides 
  • Solve equations involving fractional terms and brackets 
  • Forming and solving inequalities with unknown on one side 
  • Forming and solving inequalities with an unknown on both sides 
  • Represent the solution to an equation or inequality on a number line 


  • Recall the key features of a linear sequence
  • Understand the differences between linear and non-linear sequences
  • Appreciate how the nth term rule relates to the nth position of a sequence
  • Understand the meaning and conventions of the equals sign and inequality signs
  • Classify expressions, equations, inequalities and identities 
  • Use the language of solve, solution and unknown
  • Interpret the solution to an equation based on the context from which it is derived 
  • Interpret relationships expressed as inequalities 


This module gives learners the opportunity to develop and formalise the algebra they have become familiar with in Year 7. It has an increased level of challenge and complexity.

This module begins by studying sequences. In the autumn term of year 7 students were introduced to algebraic notation and met sequences in the form of geometric patterns. In this unit, sequences are derived from the same geometric patterns and other contexts. Students start with the term to term rules, before expressing the position to term rules algebraically. Different types of sequences are explored including linear, non-linear, arithmetic and geometric.

In year 7 students explored the nature of equality and solved equations with one unknown where the unknown appeared on one side. In Unit 2 learners formalise methods for solving equations. Learners use inverse operations to transform equations with one and two steps and encounter equations involving a single bracket. Equations are derived from familiar contexts and the solutions to these equations are interpreted within that context. 

In unit 3, inequalities are derived from the same contexts that were met in the previous unit. Solutions are built up by substituting numbers that satisfy the inequality. This develops an understanding that the solution to an inequality has a range of values. The unit continues with more formal strategies for solving inequalities. The same strategies for solving equations are developed in the context of inequalities.

spring 1 - graphical representations


  • Reflection of an object in a mirror line
  • Identify horizontal and vertical mirror lines and their equations 
  • Rotation of an object using the centre of rotation 
  • Translating shapes by a given number of units (positive or negative)
  • Combining transformations and which combinations can be expressed as a single transformation 
  • Simple enlargements with positive scale factors 
  • Identify the equations of horizontal and vertical lines
  • Identify parallel lines from algebraic representations 
  • Plot coordinates from a rule to generate a straight line 
  • Find the equation of a line from its graph
  • Rearrange an equation in two variables into different forms


  • Exploring the ratios of sides lengths within and between shapes produced by an object being enlarged by a given scale factor 
  • Use the language of congruence and recognise which transformations produce congruent shapes 
  • Understand how the coordinate system is an infinite set of points
  • Know what it means for a value to satisfy a rule
  • Recognise a graph as representation of points that satisfy a rule
  • Develop a rule into an algebraic representation 
  • Develop concept of gradient using graphs of the form 𝑦 = 𝑎𝑥 before moving to equations of the form 𝑦 = 𝑎𝑥 + 𝑏 
  • Identify key features of a linear graph including the y-intercept and the gradient 
  • Make links between the graphical and the algebraic representation of a linear graph 
  • Recognise different algebraic representations of a linear graph 


All the content in italics is from the Year 7 curriculum. The transformations unit was disrupted in the Spring of 2020. In this module, learners apply what they have learned about algebra and geometry in the Cartesian grid. 

Learners are expected to consider how transformations acting on an object produce different images. Reflection and rotation are introduced through previous experience of line and rotational symmetry.  There is a focus on language and consideration of the amount of information required to perform each transformation. The transformations are sorted by whether they result in a congruent image. This is the foundation for exploring similarity and trigonometry later. 

THe next unit is students’ first formal introduction to straight line graphs. This begins with the plotting of discrete points beginning with 𝑛 = 1. The 𝑛-axis is replaced by the 𝑥-axis and discrete points are replaced with a continuous line to represent all coordinate pairs. Functions derived from real life contexts are used to help give meaning to the features of a linear graph. Students develop strategies for identifying and drawing graphs of linear functions.  The concept of gradient is introduced as the rate of change of the 𝑦 coordinates. Learners are also able to explore the contexts of parallel lines and similar triangles. Students work on coordinate geometry problems by finding the equation of a line through two points and finding the equation of a line through a point with a given gradient. 

spring 2 - ratio and proportion


  • Compare two or more quantities in a ratio 
  • Recognise and construct equivalent ratios 
  • Express ratios involving rational numbers in their simplest form 
  • Construct tables of values and use graphs as a representation for a ratio 
  • Compare ratios by finding a common total value 
  • Solve ratio and proportion problems in a variety of contexts 
  • Calculate with speed, distance and time
  • Calculate with other compound measures such as density
  • Check an equation to ensure the units are consistent on both sides
  • Solve proportion problems, involving direct and indirect proportion
  • Represent proportional relationships using tables and graphs 
  • Represent proportional relationships algebraically


  • Understand the concept of ratio and use ratio language and notation 
  • Connect ratio with understanding of fractions 
  • Explore ratios in different contexts including speed and other rates of change
  • Contrast ratio relationships involving discrete and continuous measures 
  • Use speed and other rates of change to draw and interpret graphical representations 
  • Explore density and concentration as other contexts for proportional relationships 
  • Explore contexts involving proportional relationships 
  • Understanding about graphs of proportional relationships 
  • Meaning and properties of inverse proportional relationships 
  • Investigate constant area as a context for indirect proportion 
  • Represent inverse proportion relationships algebraically 


All the content in italics is from the Year 7 curriculum. In this module we combine the ratio unit in year 7 with the units on ratio and rate from year 8. This is a natural combination since the year 8 module involved a thorough recap of the year 7 content originally.

Time is spent in the first unit reinforcing the notion of a ratio as an expression of a constant multiplicative relationship which can be between quantities in the same unit e.g. fractions or between two quantities in different units e.g. speed measured in miles per hour. A variety of contexts are used to explore and clarify concepts. Having established ratio as an expression of a relationship between two quantities, this is applied to ratio problems where students are required to divide an amount into a given ratio and find different quantities given a ratio. 

Next, learners examine proportional relationships in familiar contexts before looking at the meaning of direct proportion in abstract. Students are encouraged to compare different approaches to solving problems involving direct proportion. In the second week of this unit, learners will meet the concept of inverse proportion. Learners will encounter this in different contexts, notably by studying perimeter for a constant area.

Summer 1 - represent and reason with data


  • Find the mean, median mode and range from raw datasets 
  • Use the mean, median and mode to compare data sets 
  • Use an average plus the range to compare datasets 
  • Find the mode, median and mean from tables and graphical representations (not grouped)
  • Classify and tabulate data  
  • Conduct statistical investigations using collected data  
  • Construct scatter graphs 
  • Examine clusters and outliers 
  • Use a scatter graph to plot a line of best fit 
  • Use a line of best fit to interpolate and extrapolate inferences 


  • Understand the difference between an average and a measure of spread
  • Have an understanding of when one average may be more appropriate than another
  • Begin to understand the data handling cycle informally
  • Explore methods of data collection including surveys, questionnaires and the use of secondary data 
  • Appreciate the difference between discrete and continuous data
  • Recognise the differences between univariate and bivariate data, and how they may be represented
  • Analyse the shape, strength and direction to make conjectures for possible bivariate relationships  


This module explores a variety of methods of presenting data, with an emphasis on interpretation as well as production. 

In the first unit, learners study univariate data. The unit presents a series of inquiry questions and students make hypotheses in relation to these. Each of the statistical methods taught in this unit are used to construct an argument for or against some given hypotheses. Students begin by considering different ways of representing a data set such as in tables, bar charts, pictograms, line graphs and pie charts. Students organize data into different frequency distributions. Misleading graphical representations of the data are presented and critiqued. In the second part of this unit, students begin to look at statistical measures and interpret these in terms of the data. Students calculate the mean, median, mode and range of ungrouped and grouped data. Time is spent discussing the different measures of centrality.

In the second unit of the half term, students extend their understanding of statistical diagrams and measures to bivariate data. Students present the data in tables and in a scatter graph. They examine relationships between point to make simple inferences about association and covariation. The difference between correlation and causation are introduced and the idea of an explanatory variable. 

summer 2 - area, volume and surface area


  • Round numbers to a required number of decimal places 
  • Round numbers to a required number of significant figures 
  • Identify rounding errors 
  • Estimate quantities in a variety of contexts including area and perimeter 
  • Identify and reason if an estimate is an over- or under-estimate 
  • Use and apply formulae, including those with powers and roots
  • Calculate with the area and circumference of a circle
  • Area and circumference of a semi-circle and other sectors 
  • Area and perimeter of composite shapes involving sectors of circles 
  • Finding the volume and surface area of cuboids  
  • Finding the volume and surface area of other prisms including cylinders 
  • Finding the volume and surface area of composite solids 
  • Solving equations 
  • Convert between different units of area and volume 


  • Appreciate the uses of rounding in different contexts
  • Understand the concepts of length, area, volume and surface area
  • Recall the anatomy of a circle
  • Explore relationship between circumference and diameter/radius 
  • Formula for circumference 
  • Explore relationship between area and radius 
  • Know the formula for area of a circle 
  • Naming prisms, nets of prisms and using language associated with 3-D shapes 


In this module we have rearranged the unit on accuracy and rounding to go before work on measures of area and volume. This enabled time to be spent on year 7 units earlier in the year, and the accuracy unit complements the other units on measure. The units on angles originally in Year 8 will be taught in Year 9.

‘Accuracy and estimation’ provides an opportunity to consolidate understanding of rounding to a given decimal place which most learners will have met at primary school. Significant figures are introduced through measuring contexts. Rather than meeting significant figures as a set of rules to follow, students are required to work out why the zero is 45.0 is significant. Estimation is encountered in a variety of contexts and is an opportunity to practice rounding and unit conversions. 

Next, learners study circles. Learners explore the connection between the circumference of a circle and its diameter and through this are introduced to pi. Software and other visuals are used to give students the opportunity to see how formulae are derived. The unit ends with opportunities for students to apply their understanding to geometric problems involving the area and circumference of a circle. 

Finally, learners formally meet volume as a measure of the space inside a 3D object. Students may need to revisit the names and properties of 2-D shapes before moving onto 3-D. Time is spent building and breaking down 3-D shapes, both with blocks and as nets. Students develop their own methods for finding the volume of prisms and before any exposure to the conventional formulae for cuboids, cylinders and other uniform prisms. 

knowledge organisers

A knowledge organiser is an important document that lists the important facts that learners should know by the end of a unit of work. It is important that learners can recall these facts easily, so that when they are answering challenging questions in their assessments and GCSE and A-Level exams, they are not wasting precious time in exams focusing on remembering simple facts, but making complex arguments, and calculations.

We encourage all pupils to use them by doing the following:

  • Quiz themselves at home, using the read, write, cover, check method.
  • Practise spelling key vocabulary
  • Further researching people, events and processes most relevant to the unit.