Why is Mathematics important?

Mathematical literacy underpins our understanding of the world. It allows us to solve problems, create models to understand situations and develop our logic and reasoning. A strong mathematics education enables students to protect themselves from misinformation, increase their probability of employment in a variety of fields and navigate the financial decisions of adult life effectively. Proficiency in maths enables proficiency in other subjects and disciplines, from physics to food preparation, geography to economics. 

What is the aim of Mathematics curriculum at Oaklands?

The aim of the mathematics curriculum at Oaklands School is to inspire a love of Mathematics in our students. Problem solving is an integral part of Mathematics lessons, and pupils are encouraged to use skills from lessons in a variety of ways. Also by supporting students in developing key skills we are helping to enable social equity and mobility in the future. We aim to help support pupils not in just reaching their potential in examination grades, but also to support them in developing skills to become functioning and successful members of society. The mathematics curriculum provides students with opportunities to utilise their maths skills to solve authentic problems, such as using a large dataset to understand the complexities of migration. 

How is the curriculum in Mathematics structured?

We apply a Mastery styled approach to learning Mathematics, with pupils exploring fewer topics in years 7 and 8, but in much greater depth. We focus on an understanding of the material while building essential skills. We promote problem solving in each lesson and provide students with a variety of projects that focus not just on developing mathematical skills, but also on their real life applications. 

Topics covered in Year 7

  1. Place Value
  2. Addition of Integers
  3. Subtraction of Integers
  4. Addition and Subtraction of Decimals
  5. Multiplication
  6. Multiplication of Decimals
  7. Factors and Division
  8. Reading Scales
  9. Angles
  10. Triangles
  11. Quadrilaterals
  12. 2D Shapes
  13. Understanding Fractions
  14. Fractions of Amounts
  15. Multiplying and Dividing Fractions
  16. Negative Numbers and Coordinates
  17. Order of Operations
  18. Simplify Algebraic Expressions
  19. Algebraic Generalisations
  20. Pie Charts
  21. Percentages
  22. Percentage of Amounts
  23. Project Work

Topics covered in Year 8

  1. Prime Numbers and Factorisation
  2. Calculating with Fractions
  3. Positive and Negative Numbers
  4. Sequences, Expressions and Equations
  5. Triangles and Quadrilaterals
  6. Length and Area of parallelograms and Trapezia
  7. Maths of Migration Project
  8. Percentage Change
  9. Ratio and Rate
  10. Rounding and Accuracy
  11. Circumference and Area of a Circle
  12. 3D Shapes and Nets
  13. Surface Area and Volume
  14. Statistics and Working with Data
  15. Constructing and Interpreting Graphs
  16. Interpret and Compare Statistical Representations
  17. Transformations
  18. Bearings
  19. Probability

Topics covered in Year 9

  1. Calculations
  2. Expressions
  3. Rearranging Equations and Inequalities
  4. Scale Factor and Scaling
  5. Standard Form
  6. Coordinates
  7. Linear Graphs
  8. Density
  9. Direct Proportion
  10. Cake Bake Project
  11. Angles in Polygons
  12. Pythagoras and Trigonometry
  13. Handling Data
  14. Fractions, Decimals and Percentages
  15. Formulae and Functions

Topics covered in Year 10

  1. Probability
  2. Measures and Accuracy
  3. Solving Equations
  4. Circles and COnstructions
  5. Amazon Trader Project
  6. Ratio and Proportion
  7. Factors Powers and Roots
  8. Graphs
  9. 3D Shapes
  10. Handling Data
  11. Calculations
  12. More Graphs

Topics covered in Year 11

  1. Pythagoras and Trigonometry
  2. Combined Events
  3. Sequences
  4. Units and Probability
  5. Growth and Decay
  6. Revision

KS4 Qualification title

  • GCSE (9-1) in Mathematics (1MA1)

KS5 Qualification title

  • Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Mathematics (9MA0)
  • Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Further Mathematics (9FM0)

Mathematics Curriculum Maps

Additional learning resources

All students will have their own login for Hegarty Maths:

This website has all possible Maths topics, videos explaining each topic and practise questions so pupils can check their understanding. The vast majority of homework is set on Hegarty Maths, but pupils are also encouraged to do as much independent learning as possible on the site, as this will help them make even greater progress.

Oaklands School Maths Teachers have created a Padlet to support KS4 students revising for their GCSE:

On this link you will find directions to a variety of hand picked websites and resources which students can use to support their revision.

Practical tips / activities for parents to support learning at home

  • Pupils are now expected to leave primary school knowing their times tables and with the ability to complete arithmetic using the four operations. A lack of this knowledge may be a barrier to Secondary Mathematics learning, and so testing student frequently on their times tables is of great help to their learning and progress in Mathematics
  • Homework is set once a week, usually on Hegarty Maths. Ask your child to show you their completed homework each week.
  • Ask pupils to explain what they learnt in Maths each day. Not only will this help their explanation skills, but will also help to embed the learning into their long term memory