Head of Department

Mrs L Gray

Powerful Knowledge

Powerful Knowledge in mathematics is the ability to discover patterns and relationships that are fundamental to the structure of the universe, and to use these discoveries to solve problems.

Curriculum Intent

The overall mathematics curriculum experience for students at The Kingsway School is designed to motivate, inspire and equip students to achieve their mathematical potential. We want our students to be exposed to a varied and rich curriculum which looks at the big picture and how mathematical skills are linked to each other.

The curriculum is based on mastery principles, which allow teachers to spend more time on each topic. We cover fewer topics in each year; however, each topic is covered in more depth which enables staff to have a greater focus on problem solving, rich tasks and maths in context. We aim to develop the students’ cultural capital by ensuring that where possible the skills and knowledge being taught are presented in terms of a mathematical context including real life scenarios for example the use of ratio tables to scale recipes for different numbers of diners.

In terms of cross curricular skills; we want to ensure that our students are able to reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences and draw conclusions. We also want them to have the ability to understand, interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context.

Years 7 & 8

Year 7 and 8 will run as a “two year course.” Pupils will encounter the full range of maths topics across the two years; however, some topics may only be visited once. Each year begins with a unit of work on number. This is to ensure pupils have a solid foundation of numeracy skills to rely on as we cover more topics throughout the year. We have recognised the increased importance of ratio and proportion in the GCSE specification and so we begin our year 7 curriculum with a focus on ratio tables and multiplicative reasoning. Ratio tables are a recurring feature throughout year 7 and 8 and beyond. Skills and understanding will be tested cumulatively. Pupils will be formally assessed once a term on all of the skills covered to date. Informal assessments in exercise books will also feature previously covered skills.


Year 7: Number skills, shape and volume, algebra skills, fractions, decimals and percentages and sequences.

Year 8: Number skills, probability, handling data, area and volume, graphs, ratio and proportion, angles and constructions.


All students are expected to have their own scientific calculator. A list of essential equipment is provided in the student planner.


Homework is an important element within the course and will be set twice each week. The majority of homework will involve consolidation or extension of the work covered in the previous term to ensure interleaving of topics and retention of knowledge and skills. Completing homework on time and to the best of their ability is therefore a major priority.


Throughout the course there are a series of regular milestone assessments based upon the scheme of work. All students will sit a formal examination at towards the end of each term. Classwork, homework and assessments will all be considered when determining movement between the groups.

Years 9, 10 & 11


The course aims to enable each student to develop the mathematical skills and understanding required for adult life, for employment and for further study and training. Mathematical ideas are presented in real-life situations enabling students to see the relevance and usefulness of mathematics.

Higher Tier will prepare students for studying mathematics at A-Level. The Higher Tier GCSE contains more problem solving and proof than the previous GCSE, students will need to be able to decide what skills are needed rather than just answer a question using a given skill. The new GCSE syllabus is more challenging at both tiers than previous years.

Students are entered for the Edexcel Linear GCSE Mathematics syllabus.

The Maths GCSE is assessed by three examination papers (one non-calculator paper) at the end of the course. Elements of using and applying mathematics will be incorporated into the written papers. There is no coursework component in the GCSE course.

The final examination is offered at two tiers of entry. The grades available at each tier are:

  • Foundation: Grades 1-5
  • Higher: Grades 4-9


All students are expected to have their own scientific calculator. A list of essential equipment is provided in the student planner.

Homework and Assessment

Homework is set 3 times per fortnight and is an integral part of the consolidation, revision and extension aspects of the course.

Regular milestone assessments are set throughout the course along with more formal tests each term. All tests are reviewed in detail to identify areas for improvement. Assessment results, along with classwork and homework, are all considered in determining movement of students between sets and the appropriate tier of entry for the GCSE examination.

Students will sit a full mock GCSE at the end of Year 10 and 2 further mocks in Year 11.

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