Mathematics
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Introduction
Mathematics is the study of the science of numbers! We use mathematics to develop our understanding of abstract number (pure mathematics) or mathematics applied to the real world, for example in physics, engineering or physical education (applied mathematics).
At Hodge Hill College, we use maths lessons to develop students’ reasoning and communication skills, as well as logic and critical thinking. Through hard work and determination, students will be able to frame problems using mathematics, and in so doing, find efficient and effective solutions to those problems.
Students will study key topics from Algebra, Number, Shape & Space, and Data Handling throughout KS3; in KS4, students will build on this knowledge in preparation for their GCSE. Due to the nature of the subject and specification we use (Edexcel), students begin preparing for their final exams immediately in year 7, with some examinable topics being taught from their first year.
Students sit final year exams at the end of each of year 7, 8, 9 and 10.
GCSE Mathematics is examined in three 1.5 hour exams taken in year 11.
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Key Stage 3
Term 
Year 7 

SU02 (7 Weeks) 











AU01 (8 Weeks) 
Basic Number 

Factors, Multiples and Primes 

Fractions 

Decimals 

FDP 




AU02 (7 Weeks) 
Simplifying expressions and substitution 

Expanding and Factorising 

Solving and Forming Equations 

Sequences 

Coordinates and Linear Graphs 




SP01 (6 Weeks) 
Averages 

Area and Perimeter 

Angles 




SP02 (7 Weeks) 
Properties of 3D Shapes 

Surface area and Volume 

Percentages 

Ratio and Proportion 




SU01 (4 Weeks) 
Probability 

Representing and Interpreting Data 
Term 
Year 8 

SU02 (7 Weeks) 
Coordinates and Linear Graphs 

Calculator skills 

Circles 

Pie Charts 




AU01 (8 Weeks) 
Number Calculations 

Negative Numbers and Bidmas 

Multiples, Factors and Primes 

Fractions 




AU02 (7 Weeks) 
Simplifying Expressions 

Substitution 

Expanding 

Factorising 

Solving and Forming Equations 




SP01 (6 Weeks) 
Averages 

Area and Perimeter 




SP02 (7 Weeks) 
Angles 

Properties of 3D Shapes 

Surface Area and Volume 




SU01 (4 Weeks) 
Probability 

Representing and Interpreting data 

Term 
Year 9 

SU02 (7 Weeks) 
Using a calculator 

Number  FDP, Bidmas , Calculations with decimals 

Perecnetages simple/compund interest 

Factors, Multiples and Primes 




AU01 (8 Weeks) 
Numbers Review 

Ratio and Proportion 

Probability 

Sequences 




AU02 (7 Weeks) 
Simplifying Expressions and Expanding Brackets 

Substitution 

Equations 

Rearranging Formulae 

Factorising 

Inequalities 




SP01 (6 Weeks) 
Area and Perimeter 

Averages 




SP02 (7 Weeks) 
Averages 

Angles 

Bearings 

Pythagoras 




SU01 (4 Weeks) 
3D Shapes and their properties 

Representing Data and Graphs 
Tab 3
KS4
GCSE Maths 

Exam board 
Edexcel 
Course Code 
MA1 
Examined by 
Three exam papers at the end of year 11; (two with use of a calculator and one without) of 1hour 30 minutes each. Two tiers of entry available, Higher (grades 94) and Foundation (grades 51) 

Key topics taught 
Number skills and calculations Algebra and problem solving Graphs, proportion and rates of change Geometry Data handling, statistics and probability 
Term 
Year 10 

SU02 (7 Weeks) 
Inequalities 

Sequences 

Ratio and Proportions 

Volume and Surface Area 




AU01 (8 Weeks) 
Fractions Decimals Percentages 

Angles and Polygons 

Circle Theorems 




AU02 (7 Weeks) 
Graphs 

Pythagoras 

Trigonometry 

Indices 

Standard form 




SP01 (6 Weeks) 
Averages 

Circles 

Probability 




SP02 (7 Weeks) 
Data Representation 

Scatter Graphs 

Cumulative Frequency Box plots 

Transformations 




SU01 (4 Weeks) 
Solving Quadratics 

Simultaneous equations 

Tab 4
Support
Throughout KS3, students are welcome to attend Maths Watch club on a Tuesday after school; this club gives students the opportunity to complete homework with maths staff, or to use iPads and other resources to revise.
In years 10 and 11, students are afforded time at break times and afterschool on an ad hoc basis for extra revision. Additionally, students in year 11 are given dedicated “Masterclasses” for each subject, usually, 3 or 4 per term for Maths. These masterclasses are on a Tuesday and Thursday afterschool.