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Back“Without mathematics, there’s nothing you can do. Everything around you is mathematics. Everything around you is numbers.” – Shakuntala Devi
Intent
The intent of the ambitious maths curriculum is to provide all students regardless of prior learning with the skills and knowledge necessary for them to:
 understand and appreciate the uses of maths in everyday life and
 have the necessary knowledge and attainment in maths to allow then to proceed onto a post 16 pathway of their choosing.
Our knowledge rich curriculum is intended to give students mathematical fluency, to be able to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately and to prepare them for life beyond Oulton Academy.
Our intention is for students to develop their logical processing skills, to solve problems in both abstract and concrete contexts, so they can apply these skills across various disciplines. Teaching for understanding is a critical element of our fiveyear curriculum. Our curriculum is organised into ‘smallsteps’ so students can secure their rich knowledge and build upon it in sequential steps. Topics are taught, revisited and developed upon throughout the five years to reinforce and deepen knowledge and understanding. Real world topics are built into the curriculum in areas such as finance, timetables, time, estimation, use of calculators, units of measurement, ratio and proportion that will prepare them for modern life.
The academy’s student demographic is spread over the entire range of deprivation indices within the UK with many students being in areas of <3 for Crime, Living Environment, Health and Disability and Education and Training. It is essential that these cohorts understand the usefulness of maths in everyday life.
Implement
(Pre KS3) + Key Stage 3:
At Oulton Academy, we have close relationships with our primary feeder school colleagues. Through our comprehensive Year 6 into 7 transition programme ‘Stepping Up’ this means we have a wealth of information, particularly for vulnerable students. Our current year 7 cohort, 20222023 has 34% PP cohort.
We know that a focus on numeracy is paramount at this stage of education. Students are taught in ability groups for the majority of subjects. These groupings are initially based on performance at Key Stage 2 using Analyse Schools Performance  QLA – Year 7. (See attached)
AnalyseSchoolsPerformanceQLAYear7.pdfIn mathematics we utilise the data from KS2 to target key areas of development so we can adapt our KS3 curriculum accordingly. We have built space within our curriculum which can be used for either the consolidation or development of these key target areas.
In KS3 our students will work around a skillsbased curriculum to develop their mathematical fluency and creativity in problem solving. This will also give students the experience of forming mathematical arguments and reasoning at all levels of attainment. In KS3 students develop a deep appreciation of the patterns and relationships between numbers and to provide a firm foundation with the tools of algebra, geometry and statistics to enable students to solve problems in both abstract and realworld contexts. The Gold Zone allows students to use their initiative, build their resilience and reflect on their progress. Students will develop their skills across all branches of mathematics as we build on KS2 knowledge.
Key Stage Four:
As students move to KS4 they will build on their embedded skills as we ensure they continue to develop their fluency, reasoning and problem solving skills in order to be successful in their GCSE exam and life after Oulton. Where appropriate, the scheme will reflect skills students need in the real world as the maths is presented in a real life context as we develop students’ cultural capital. Students work towards the Edexcel GCSE Specification, again taught in small steps to aid knowledge retention and set them up for success. To advance student opportunities to study mathematics at a higher level, our higher attaining students also have the opportunity to work towards the AQA Level 2 Further Maths qualification.
Review and Evaluate
The maths department are continually striving to develop their own teaching practice, drawing upon the latest research, exam marking experience, and meeting with our wider network of schools. Our curriculum is therefore a “live document” that is reviewed and reshaped according to the needs of our students, to ensure they achieve their potential, and go on to flourish in the wider world.
Further Information
If you require more detailed information, please email the Head of Department. Ms Hall’s email address is:
Home Learning
SparxMaths is one of the best ways for your child to learn maths on their own at home.
Year 7
What will I be studying?
Students in Year 7 will be studying topics in the National Curriculum. Students will cover topics from the 5 core strands within Maths: number, geometry, algebra, data and ratio and proportion. The curriculum is designed so that students will revisit and build upon these topics throughout their time at Oulton Academy. Students will develop their fluency in these topics as well as reasoning and problem solving.
Half term 
Strand 
Topics 
1 
Number 
Place value and decimals Factors and Multiples The four operations 
2 
Number 
Understanding Fractions Four operations with fractios 
3 
Number
Algebra 
Fractions, decimals and percentages Order of operations Introduction to algebra Manipulating expressions 
4 
Algebra Data 
Solving equations The data handling cycle 
5 
Geometry 
2D and 3D shapes Area and Perimeter including compound shapes Area and circumference of circles 
6 
Geometry 
Angles Transformations 
Career Links
Careers – there are many links to careers such as those in the financial sector, architecture and joinery.
How will I be assessed?
Students will be assessed by three summative assessments throughout the year. They are 1 hour in length. The first assessment is a baseline assessment to assess knowledge retain from KS2 and to identify any gaps in knowledge. The following two assessments (in half term 4 and 6) are cumulative. They are based on knowledge learned up to the point of assessment. Revision lists will be provided at least two weeks before each assessment.
Students may also complete small topic assessments in lessons as well as iterative starters and weekly Sparx homework to aid knowledge retention over time.
Which websites should I use to support my learning?
Sparx Maths
All homework will be set through Sparx Maths. Students will also be able to access revision skills through Spax. Revision lists will include Sparx codes. Students will create their own login information. If you have any questions, please speak to your child’s maths teacher.
Corbett Maths
https://corbettmaths.com/5aday/gcse/
Daily mixed GCSE style questions. Answers are included. Revision lists will also include Corbett Maths video numbers.
Year 8
What will I be studying?
Students in Year 8 will be studying topics in the National Curriculum. Students will cover topics from the 5 core strands within Maths: number, geometry, algebra, data and ratio and proportion. The curriculum is designed so that students will revisit and build upon these topics throughout their time at Oulton Academy. Students will develop their fluency in these topics as well as reasoning and problem solving.
Half term 
Strand 
Topics 
1 
Number
Ratio 
Percentages Fractions and Percentages Ratio and proportional reasoning 
2 
Geometry
Algebra 
Angles between parallel lines Sequences and patterns Special non arithmetic Sequences 
3 
Algebra Data Geometry 
Graphs Probability Circumference and Area 
4 
Geometry
Ratio 
3D Shapes Volume Proportional reasoning 
5 
Geometry 
Constructions Similarity and Congruence 
6 
Data 
Presenting data Probability 
Career Links
Careers related to topics covered in Year 8 include product design, data scientist, analyst and bricklaying.
How will I be assessed?
Students will be assessed by three summative assessments throughout the year in half term 2, 4 and 6. They are 1 hour in length. The assessments are cumulative. They are based on knowledge learned up to the point of assessment. Revision lists will be provided at least two weeks before each assessment.
Students may also complete small topic assessments in lessons as well as iterative starters and weekly Sparx homework to aid knowledge retention over time.
Which websites should I use to support my learning?
Sparx Maths
All homework will be set through Sparx Maths. Students will also be able to access revision skills through Spax. Revision lists will include Sparx codes. Students will create their own login information. If you have any questions, please speak to your child’s maths teacher.
Corbett Maths
https://corbettmaths.com/5aday/gcse/
Daily mixed GCSE style questions. Answers are included. Revision lists will also include Corbett Maths video numbers.
Year 9
What will I be studying?
Students in Year 9 will be studying topics in the National Curriculum and the GCSE Maths curriculum as Y9 is the bridging year into GCSE skills. Students will follow one of two routes depending on their prior attainment and can move between routes. Students will cover topics from the 5 core strands within Maths: number, geometry, algebra, data and ratio and proportion. The curriculum is designed so that students will revisit and build upon these topics throughout their time at Oulton Academy. Students will develop their fluency in these topics as well as reasoning and problem solving.
Half term  Strand  Route 1  Strand  Route 2 
1  Number  Decimals and Place Value  Number  Number skills 
Negative numbers  Index laws  
Order of operations  Standard form  
Powers and roots  Surds  
2  Algebra  Manipulating expressions  Algebra  Manipulating expressions 
Solving equations  Solving equations  
Geometry  Angle geometry  Geometry  Angle geometry  
3  Geometry  Pythagoras and trigonometry  Geometry  Pythagoras and trigonometry 
Number  Fractions  Number  Fractions  
Percentages  Percentages  
Ratio  Ratio  
4  Number  Standard form  Geometry  Area and perimeter 
Algebra  Applying solving equations  Circles  
Volume  
5  Algebra  Inequalities  Number  Bounds 
Sequences  Algebra  Quadratics  
Ratio and proportion  Simultaneous equations  
6  Geometry  Area, perimeter and volume  Algebra  Graphs 
Career Links
Careers linked to topics covered in Year 9 include mathematician, research scientist, software developer, engineer and economist.
How will I be assessed?
Students will be assessed by three summative assessments throughout the year in half term 2, 4 and 6. They are 1 hour cumulative assessments. They are based on knowledge learned up to the point of assessment. As Year 9 is the transition year to the GCSE curriculum, it is the first time assessments will be split into Higher and Foundation Tier. This is to help prepare students for the GCSE tier system. This is in no way fixed, if a student sits a foundation paper in Y9, it does not necessarily mean they will sit the foundation tier in Year 11. Students will sit the tier most appropriate for them. Revision lists will be provided at least two weeks before each assessment.
Students may also complete small topic assessments in lessons as well as iterative starters and weekly Sparx homework to aid knowledge retention over time.
Which websites should I use to support my learning?
Sparx Maths
All homework will be set through Sparx Maths. Students will also be able to access revision skills through Spax. Revision lists will include Sparx codes. Students will create their own login information. If you have any questions, please speak to your child’s maths teacher.
Corbett Maths
https://corbettmaths.com/5aday/gcse/
Daily mixed GCSE style questions. Answers are included. Revision lists will also include Corbett Maths video numbers.
On Maths
https://www.onmaths.com/mock_exams/?archiveType=minimocks
Interactive papers with immediate feedback
Maths Genie
https://www.mathsgenie.co.uk/resources/selfassessment.pdf
Questions broken down into grades and topics for targeted revision
KS4  Edexcel GCSE Maths
What will I be studying?
Students will be following the Edexcel GCSE Maths specification. Maths is a cumulative subject; students will need knowledge and skills from KS3 into KS4. The GCSE is made up of skills relating to the core strands of mathematics, number, shape, algebra, data and ratio and proportion. The core skills of the GCSE will be covered in Year 10 and revised and built upon in Year 11. Unlike other subjects, maths does not have topics specific to a paper, any topic can come up on any paper.
Students will follow one of two routes depending on their prior attainment and can move between routes. Students will cover topics from the 5 core strands within Maths: number, geometry, algebra, data and ratio and proportion. The curriculum is designed so that students will revisit and build upon these topics throughout their time at Oulton Academy. Students will develop their fluency in these topics as well as reasoning and problem solving.
Year 10
Half term 
Strand 
Route 1 
Strand 
Route 2 
1 
Geometry Algebra 
Area, perimeter and volume Equations and inequalities Graphs 
Number
Algebra
Ratio 
Indices Standard form Equations, inequalities and sequences Ratio and Proportion 
2 
Algebra Geometry 
Graphs Transformations 
Geometry 
Area, perimeter and volume Circles, cylinders, cones and spheres 
3 
Geometry Data 
Constructions and loci Averages and range 
Geometry Algebra 
Transformations Graphs 
4 
Data

Representing data Probability 
Algebra Data 
Graphs Data handling

5 
Number Geometry 
Multiplicative reasoning Trigonometry 
Data 
Data handling Averages and range 
6 
Geometry 
Trigonometry Similarity and congruence 
Data 
Probability 
Year 11
Half term 
Strand 
Route 1 
Strand 
Route 2 
1 
Data Number 
Probability Multiplicative reasoning 
Geometry Algebra Geometry 
Similarity and congruence Quadratics and graphs Circle geometry 
2 
Algebra Geometry 
Quadratics Plans and Elevations Constructions and loci Bearings 
Geometry Algebra

Vectors and Proof Algebraic fractions Surds Algebraic proof Functions 
3 
Geometry
Algebra 
Similarity and congruence Vectors Rearranging equations Cubic and reciprocal graphs 
Algebra

Reciprocal and exponential graphs Gradient and area under a curve 
4 

PPE and revision of key topics 

PPE and revision of key topics

5 

Revision and preparation for the GCSE exam 

Revision and preparation for the GCSE exam 
6 




Career Links
Careers linked to topics covered in Year 9 include mathematician, research scientist, software developer, engineer and economist.
How will I be assessed?
The GCSE Mathematics is assessed by three 90minute exams, two calculator and one noncalculator. It gives students a total score out of 240 in order to assign a grade. Students sitting the Foundation paper can achieve grades 15 and students sitting the Higher paper can achieve grades 49. Students will sit the tier most appropriate for them.
In Year 10 students will be assessed by three GCSE style assessments throughout the year in half term 1, 3 and 6. The first two assessments will be 1 hour papers, one will be calculator and one noncalculator. The assessment in half term 6 will consist of a full set of 3 GCSE papers as part of students first set of PPEs (prepublic examinations). This is to prepare them for Y11. Revision lists will be provided at least two weeks before each assessment.
In Year 11 there will be two sets of PPEs, one in half term 2 and one in half term 4 where students will sit a full set of 3 GCSE papers.
Students may also complete small topic assessments in lessons as well as iterative starters and weekly Sparx homework to aid knowledge retention over time.
Which examination board am I following?
Exam board: Edexcel
Link to the specification: https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcelgcses/mathematics2015.html
Which websites should I use to support my learning?
Sparx Maths
All homework will be set through Sparx Maths. Students will also be able to access revision skills through Spax. Revision lists will include Sparx codes. Students will create their own login information. If you have any questions, please speak to your child’s maths teacher.
Corbett Maths
https://corbettmaths.com/5aday/gcse/
Daily mixed GCSE style questions. Answers are included. Revision lists will also include Corbett Maths video numbers.
On Maths
https://www.onmaths.com/mock_exams/?archiveType=minimocks
Interactive papers with immediate feedback
Maths Genie
https://www.mathsgenie.co.uk/resources/selfassessment.pdf
Questions broken down into grades and topics for targeted revision