Key Stage 3

In terms of content, topics will be varied with an emphasis on functional skills. As such, coverage across the year will include:

  • Rounding, estimating and dealing with very large numbers
  • Using positive and negative numbers in context and finding sequence patterns
  • Understanding powers and roots
  • Recognising standard and non-standard units of measure
  • Interpreting fractions and percentages in the real world
  • Working with two and three-dimensional shapes
  • Making sense of graphs and charts

Pupils will have the opportunity to learn how to:

  • understand and use place value for decimals, measures and integers of any size
  • order positive and negative integers, decimals and fractions; use the symbols =, ≠, <, >, ≤, ≥
  • use the concepts and vocabulary of prime numbers and factors
  • use the four operations, including formal written methods
  • use conventional notation for the priority of operations, including brackets, powers & roots
  • recognise and use relationships between operations including inverse operations
  • use powers and roots (square, cube and higher)
  • interpret numbers in standard form (A × 10n 1≤A>10)
  • define & interpret percentages and percentage changes as a fraction or a decimal, interpret these multiplicatively, express one quantity as a percentage of another, compare two quantities using percentages, and work with percentages greater than 100%
  • interpret fractions and percentages as operators
  • use standard units of mass, length, time, money and other measures
  • round numbers and measures to an appropriate degree of accuracy
  • use approximation through rounding to estimate answers
  • use a calculator and other technologies to calculate results accurately
  • appreciate the infinite nature of the sets of integers, real and rational numbers

BBC Bitesize can be used for revision, use the link below:

BBC BiteSize

Key Stage 4

The linear Mathematics specification is taught in year 10 and 11.This is done to equip students with the skills necessary to succeed not only as maths students but in adult life. Mathematics is seen as a vital building block giving students the thinking skills and access to logical processes they need to succeed no matter what their chosen profession. There is no coursework in the current mathematics specification.

New Specification as from summer 2017:

There are more examination papers for students to take

Paper 1: Non‐calculator; 80 marks; 1 hour 30 minutes

Paper 2: Calculator; 80 marks; 1 hour 30 minutes

Paper 3: Calculator; 80 marks; 1 hour 30 minutes

The structure of the papers has changed

The new structure of the papers will see fewer questions targeted at the lowest grades and more questions targeted at the highest grades.

There’s a new grading system

A new grading system has been introduced using numbers to represent grades instead of letters. The new grades are on a scale of 9–1, with 9 representing the highest grade and 1 the lowest.

Further Education colleges, sixth form colleges, apprenticeships and employers will require a ‘high quality’ grade 4/5 pass in Maths.

For further details and revision papers follow the link:


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