Notre Dame Catholic College
and Sixth Form

Maths may not teach us to add love or subtract hate, but it gives us hope that every problem has a solution.”

– Anonymous

Mathematics

Our maths curriculum provides pupils with an introduction to the essential mathematical knowledge that they need to be educated citizens. It introduces students to the best that has been thought and said; and helps engender an appreciation of human imagination, creativity and achievement.

Mr I Cameron

Mr I Cameron

Director of Mathematics

Our Mathematics curriculum provides pupils with an introduction to the essential mathematical skills and knowledge that they need to be educated citizens and to solve problems with confidence, fluency and curiosity. It introduces students to the best that has been thought and said; and helps engender an appreciation of the contribution mathematics has made to humanity.

 It has been carefully designed and delivered to ensure:

 

  • Pupils develop a natural curiosity around the applications of mathematics, as well as the ability to apply their knowledge to understand something they previously did not know. (OPENING MINDS to new knowledge)
  • Pupils develop a confidence that ignites a passion and insatiable thirst to learn and understand. (OPENING HEARTS through inspiration)
  • Pupils become critical thinkers and be aware of how their mathematical skillset can allow them to innovate and solve problems. (OPENING MINDS to deeper understanding)
  • Pupils leave with a depth of understanding that will empower them to move into adult life successfully. (OPENING DOORS through the application of developing skills)

 

 

Year 7, 8 and 9 Curriculum Content

Our Key stage 3 curriculum offer is designed and sequenced to allow our students to learn best and succeed within maths. We follow a continuous 5-year scheme of learning focussed on preparing pupils for GCSE exams in year 11, albeit one that still separates into KS3 and KS4. It allows for seamless transition across different content with frequent opportunity for the embedding on knowledge retrieval throughout the curriculum.

Year 7Unit/Topic
Autumn HT1Multiplying whole numbers, Multiplying and dividing by powers, Factors, primes and powers, Rounding larger numbers, Adding and subtracting decimals, Rounding decimals to the nearest integer, Interpreting Scales, The metric system, Translations /Reflections, Cartesian coordinates
Autumn HT2Symmetry, Rotation, Properties of 3-D shapes, Mode, median and range, Stem and leaf diagrams, Pie Charts, Adding and subtracting negative numbers, Multiplying and dividing negative numbers, Composite Statistics and Probability and Collecting data
Spring HT1Equivalent Fractions, Multiplying fractions, Combining variables, Working with formulae, Angle facts and Sequences
Spring HT2Calculating Percentages, Converting between fractions, decimals and percentages, Probability, Angles in triangles and quadrilaterals and Constructions with a ruler and protractor
Summer HT1Division, Divisibility tests, Using the number system effectively, Rounding decimals, Significance, Real life graphs and Finding area and perimeter
Summer HT2Order of operations BIDMAS, Linear sequences, Types of quadrilateral, Angles and parallel lines

Year 7 Mathematics Curriculum Map

Year 8Unit/Topic
Autumn HT1Multiplying and dividing decimals, Adding and subtracting fractions, Working with mixed numbers, Dividing fractions, Setting up and solving simple equations, Using brackets, Scatter diagrams, Constructions with a pair of compasses, Understanding nets
Autumn HT2Ratio, Plotting graphs of linear functions, Working with more complex equations, Solving equations with brackets, Bearings, Scale drawing, Probability
Spring HT1Metric-imperial conversions, Enlargement, Index notation, Sequences, Volume and surface area of cuboids
Spring HT2Collecting data, Frequency Tables, Displaying grouped data, Applying percentage increases and decreases to amounts, 2D representations of 3D shapes
Summer HT1Functions and graphs, Circles Composite Number, Writing numbers in standard form
Summer HT2Percentages, Simplifying Expressions, Pythagoras' theorem

Year 8 Mathematics Curriculum Map

Year 9Unit/Topic
Autumn HT1Prime factorisation, Linear inequalities, 2 Sequences, Functions and graphs, Plotting quadratic and cubic graphs, Polygons, Loci and Statistical measures
Autumn HT2Accuracy, Solving Equations, Prisms, Compound units, Ratio and Proportion
Spring HT1Probability, Proportion, Using Formulae, Similarity and Trigonometry
Spring HT2Indices, Standard form, Rotations, Quadratic Graphs and Working with Quadratics
Summer HT1Percentages, Sequences, Congruence, Trigonometry and Using lines of best fit
Summer HT2Plans and Elevations, Arcs and sectors, Plotting graphs and Identities

Year 9 Mathematics Curriculum Map

Year 10 and 11 Curriculum Content

When students enter KS4 they are introduced to the GCSE content that will link into everything covered in KS3. The scheme of learning splits into fluency, developing skills and problem solving which will enable all students to have a deeper understanding of the topic and apply their knowledge in a wider variety of questions.

Foundation

Year 10 Unit/Topic
Autumn HT1Calculating with Decimals, Standard Form, Using brackets, Linear Graphs, Scale Drawings, Three dimensional Shapes and Probability
Autumn HT2Fractions Decimals and Percentages, Angles, Nets and Line Charts / Pie Charts
Spring HT1Solving Equations, Fractions, Area and Perimeter and Prisms
Spring HT2Frequency Tables and Transformations
Summer HT1Circles, Probability, Rounding and Significance and Sequence
Summer HT2Compound Units, Polygons, Plotting Graphs and Approximation

Year 10 Foundation Mathematics Curriculum Map

Year 11Unit/Topic
Autumn HT1Calculating, Accuracy, Number Properties, Working with Algebra, Ratio and Proportion, Fractions and Percentages
Autumn HT2Standard Form, Sequences, Functions and Graphs, Angles, Pythagoras and Trigonometry
Spring HT1Units and Scales, Area and Perimeter, Three Dimensional Shapes, Simultaneous Equations, Statistical Measures and Probability
Spring HT2Statistical Diagrams, Representing Data, Transformations, Vectors, Similarity, Inequalities, Real life graphs and Working with Quadratics
Summer HT1Revision
Summer HT2Revision

Year 11 Foundation Mathematics Curriculum Map

Higher

Year 10 FoundationUnit/Topic
Autumn HT1Calculating with standard form, Rules of indices, Fractional indices, Using indices in Algebra, Quadratic equations, Geometric progressions and Finding centres of rotation
Autumn HT2Repeated percentage increase/decrease, Factorising quadratics, Solve equations by factorising, Congruent triangles and proof, Proof using similar and congruent triangles, Trigonometry for special angles and Using lines of best fit
Spring HT1Enlargement in two and three dimensions, Constructing plans /elevations, Finding equations of straight lines, Polynomial and reciprocal functions, Working with compound units, Identities, Arcs and sectors
Spring HT2Surface area and volume of 3-D shapes, The multiplication rule, The addition rule, Conditional probability, Vectors and Inverse and composite functions
Summer HT1Growth and decay, Surds, Exponential functions, The cosine rule and The sine rule
Summer HT2Other sequences, Nth term of quadratic sequences, Recurring decimals, Upper and lower bounds and Circle theorems

Year 10 Higher Mathematics Curriculum Map

Year 11 HigherUnit/Topic
Autumn HT1Number properties, Accuracy, Number System, Percentages, Using Algebra, Ratio and Proportion and Indices and Surds
Autumn HT2Working with Quadratics, Simultaneous Equations, Linear Graphs and Perpendicular lines Including circles, Pythagoras and Trigonometry, Inequalities and Velocity Time graphs
Spring HT1Transformations, Vectors, Circle Theorems, Sequences, Functions and Transformations of graphs and Iterative Processes
Spring HT2Statistical Diagrams, Representing Data, Transformations, Vectors, Similarity, Inequalities, Real life graphs and Working with Quadratics Statistical Measures,Cumulative Frequency and Histograms, Statistical Measures, Probability, Three dimensional Shapes, Arcs and Sectors and Properties of shapes
Summer HT1Revision
Summer HT2Revision

Year 11 Higher Mathematics Curriculum Map

Key Stage 4 Mathematics students follow the AQA GCSE Mathematics specification. For further details, please follow the link below.

Download Full GCSE Mathematics Specification

 

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Oliver
Former Notre Dame student, went on to study English Literature at University of Cambridge