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Mathematics is a creative and inter-connected discipline that has developed over the course of history.

It is essential to everyday life as well most forms of employment.

At Notre Dame we aim to provide high quality mathematics education that provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.

We work with various subjects enhancing the use of Mathematics across the curriculum. We also run various after school classes to both push our students to achieve the best they can in GCSE but also to increase the enjoyment of the subject across the Key Stages.

The best four mathematicians in each year group will be entered for the national UKMT maths challenge held annually with previous students achieving Bronze Silver and Gold awards at Junior or Intermediate level.

All year groups from year 8 up are put in to maths sets according to their ability and are able to move up or down between sets if needed. Pupils will be regularly tested on the topics they have been taught in class and are annually set a wide ranging exam covering all topics in the form of a calculator and non calculator GCSE style exam designed to test not only what they have been taught but other areas of the curriculum they may have learnt through independent study as all students are encouraged to do their own studies outside of the classroom.

Key Stage 3

Students follow the new GCSE Curriculum the programmes of study which covers number, ratio and proportion, algebra, geometry, measures, statistics and probability.

They are expected to make connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving problems.

All new students will be taught using a new Singapore maths style where students are taught core principals and develop from that point onwards and are set challenging questions that test their understanding of the topic not just their skills in answering basic questions.

Key Stage 4

Students follow the EDEXCEL linear GCSE exam course.

Students follow the new GCSE Curriculum the programmes of study which covers number, ratio and proportion, algebra, geometry, measures, statistics and probability.

This qualification has two tiers Foundation and Higher.

A student who is studying Foundation will be able to get a grade 1 to 5 and a student who is studying Higher will be able to get a grade 3 to 9.

For a student to be selected for Higher they must be able to achieve a grade 3M or better at the end of KS3 to be able to access the work from the Higher tier as it starts at Grade 4 upwards.

Students who are unable to access the curriculum for GCSE will be entered for EDEXCEL entry level awards Level 1 2 3.

This qualification requires students to:

  • Use their knowledge and understanding to make connections between mathematical concepts.
  • Apply the functional elements of mathematics in everyday and real-life situations.
  • Students will be taught grade appropriate topics dependent upon their maths set, which is decided by their previous assessed grades and their target grade. The scheme of work will ensure only pupils who are capable of top end work in either the Foundation or Higher strands.


In the Maths department we encourage pupils to reflect on their own progress, they can take more responsibility for their achievements, gaining a greater grasp of their own strengths while identifying areas for improvement. 

The student will:

  • Mark their books in green pen at the end of every lesson.
  • Analyse their tests and write down their areas for improvement
  • Respond to teachers’ written or verbal feedback (in green pen)
  • Peer mark work and give feedback in green pen

The Teacher will:

  • Mark all written homework and chapter tests in red pen
  • Regularly review the pupil books to help the student make progress noting areas to improve the student’s grade in red pen.

How to support your daughter in making progress:

  • Encourage your daughter to review her end of chapter tests. Revise on areas in need of improvement.
  • Encourage the use of the Mymaths, Kerboodle, PIXL and Mathswatch, online websites for further practice.
  • Ensure homework tasks are completed regularly to a high standard.

Subject Content



Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 7

Number work consisting of

1.       Place Values and Rounding Integers

2.       Addition

3.       Subtraction

4.       Multiplication

5.       Division

6.       Indices, Square Roots and Cube Roots

7.       Order of Operations and Using a Calculator

8.       Factors and Multiples


Algebra consisting of

1.       Letters to Represent Integers

2.       Substituting Numbers for Letters

3.       Writing Algebraic Expressions and Formulae

4.       Like Terms and Unlike Terms

5.       Addition and Subtraction of Linear Expressions

6.       Equations in One Variable

7.       Writing Equations to Solve Problems

Number work consisting of

1.       Quantities as Fractions

2.       Equivalent Fractions and Comparing Fractions

3.       Addition and Subtraction of Fractions and Mixed Numbers

4.       Multiplication of Fractions

5.       Division of Fractions and Mixed Numbers

6.       Rational Numbers and Using a Calculator

Number and proportion consisting of

1.       Place Values, Ordering and Rounding of Decimal Numbers

2.       Addition and Subtraction of Decimals

3.       Multiplication of Decimals

4.       Division of a Decimal by a Whole Number

5.       Mental Calculation and Conversion between Units

6.       Division of a Decimal by a Decimal

7.       Rational Numbers and Real Numbers

8.       Meaning of Percentage

9.       Percentage of a Quantity

10.    Reducing and Increasing a Quantity by a Percentage

Geometry consisting of

1.       Points, Lines and Planes

2.       Angles

3.       Parallel lines and transversals

4.       Angles in triangles





Statistics consisting of

1.       Collection of Data

2.       Organisation of Data

3.       Pictograms, Vertical Line Charts and Bar Charts




Year 8

Geometry consisting of

1.       Transformations

2.       Symmetry

3.       Congruence

4.       Perimeter and Area of a Triangle

5.       Circumference of a Circle

6.       Area of a Circle

7.       Perimeter and Area Problems

8.       Nets of Cuboids, including Cubes

9.       Surface Area of Cuboids, including Cubes

10.   Volumes of Cuboids, including Cubes





Number and Proportion consisting of

1.       Primes, Prime Factorisation and Index Notation

2.       Highest Common Factor (HCF)

3.       Lowest Common Multiple (LCM)

4.       Square Roots, Cube Roots and Prime Factorisation

5.       Rounding Numbers to Decimal Places

6.       Rounding Numbers to Significant Figures

7.       Estimation

8.       Integer Ratios

9.       All Kinds of Ratios

10.   Scale Plans and Maps

11.   Rate

12.   Speed


Proportion consisting of

1.       Expressing a Percentage as a Fraction or a Decimal

2.       Simple Percentage Problems

3.       Reverse Percentages

4.       Percentage Increase and Decrease





Algebra consisting of

1.       Use of Letters in Algebra

2.       Evaluation of Algebraic Expressions and Formulae

3.       Algebraic Expressions in the Real World

4.       Simplification of Linear Expressions

5.       Proof

6.       Simple Linear Equations in One Variable

7.       Equations Involving Brackets

8.       Forming Linear Equations to Solve Problems

9.       Simple Inequalities





Algebra consisting of

1.       Cartesian Coordinate System

2.       Idea of a Function

3.       Linear Functions and their Graphs

4.       Gradients of Linear Graphs

5.       Number Patterns and Sequences

6.       General Term of a Sequence





Geometry consisting of


1.       Quadrilaterals

2.       Polygons

3.       Area of Parallelograms

4.       Area of Trapezia

5.       Perimeter and Area of Composite Plane Figures






Year 9

Algebra and Proportion work consisting of

1.       Factors in algebra

2.       Algebraic fractions

3.       Formulae in context

4.       Rearranging formulae

5.       Deriving and graphing formulae

6.       Adding and subtracting fractions

7.       Multiplying fractions

8.       Dividing by fractions

9.       Decimals and fractions

10.   Percentage change

11.   Percentage problems

Geometry Algebra and Number consisting of

1.       Angle properties of a triangle

2.       Angle properties of a quadrilateral

3.       Angle properties of a polygon

4.       Congruent shapes

5.       Tables of values

6.       Drawing straight-line graphs

7.       Gradient of a straight-line graph

8.       y-intercept of a straight-line graph

9.       The equation y=mx+c


10.   Equations given implicitly

11.   Real-life graphs


12.   Distance-time graphs

13.   Time series

14.   Adding and subtracting decimals

15.   Multiplying decimals

16.   Dividing decimals



Statistics, Algebra and Geometry consisting of

1.       Using and interpreting the calculator display

2.       Planning a project

3.       Data collection

4.       Frequency tables

5.       Statistical diagrams

6.       Calculating averages

7.       Interpreting graphs

8.       Correlation

9.       Averages from grouped data

10.   Comparing distributions

11.   Communicating the results of an enquiry

12.   Transformations

13.   Enlargements

14.   Combinations of transformations

15.   Maps and scale drawings

16.   Bearings

17.   Solving equations

18.   Equations with brackets

19.   Unknown on both sides

20.   Constructing equations

21.   Trial and improvement

Number, Geometry and revision

1.       Square roots and cube roots

2.       Indices and surds

3.       Standard form for large and small numbers

4.       Constructing a triangle

5.       Loci and constructions

6.       Pythagoras' theorem


Algebra and Geometry consisting of

1.       Sequences and terms

2.       Position-to-term rules

3.       Real life sequences

4.       Recursive sequences

5.       3-D shapes

6.       Plans and elevations

7.       Symmetry of a 3-D shape

8.       Surface area of a prism

9.       Volume of a prism

Proportion and Statistics consisting of

1.       Direct proportion

2.       Comparing proportions

3.       Ratio

4.       Uses of ratio

5.       Ratio and proportion problems

6.       Proportional reasoning

7.       Prediction and uncertainty

8.       Mutually exclusive events

9.       Calculating probabilities

10.   The outcomes of two trials

11.   Experimental probability

12.   Comparing theoretical and experimental probabilities

13.   Venn diagrams


Foundation Overview of Scheme of Work


Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 10

1.       Calculations 1 (Number)

2.       Expressions (Algebra)

3.       Angles and polygons (Geometry)



1.       Angles and polygons cont. (Geometry)

2.       Handling data 1 (Statistics)

3.       Fractions, decimals and percentages cont. (Number)


1.       Fractions, decimals and percentages (Number)

2.       Formulae and functions (Algebra)


1.       Working in 2D (Geometry)

2.       Probability (Probability)

3.       Measures and accuracy (Number)


1.       Measures and accuracy (Number)

2.       Equations and inequalities (Algebra)

3.       Circles and constructions (Geometry)

4.       Ratio and proportion (Ratio and proportion)


1.       Factors, powers and roots


2.       Exams and work experience

Year 11

1.       Probability


2.       Measures and accuracy


3.       Equations and inequalities


1.       Circles and constructions


2.       Ratio and proportion

(Ratio and proportion)

3.       Factors, powers and roots


4.       Mock Exams

1.       Graphs 1


2.       Working in 3D


3.       Handling data 2



1.       Calculations 2


2.       Graphs 2


3.       Mock Exams

1.       Pythagoras and trigonometry


2.       Combined events


3.       Sequences


4.       Units and proportionality

(Ratio and proportion)


GCSE Exams


 Higher Overview of Scheme of Work


Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 10

1.       Expressions


2.       Angles and polygons


3.       Handling data 1


4.       Fractions,   decimals and percentages


5.       Formulae and functions




1.       Formulae and       functions


2.       Working in 2D


3.       Probability




1.       Measures and accuracy


2.       Equations and inequalities






1.       Circles and constructions


2.       Ratio and proportion

(Ratio and proportion)



1.       Factors, powers and roots


2.       Graphs 1





1.       Revision, catch up, Exams and work experience

Year 11

1.       Measures and accuracy


2.       Equations and inequalities


3.       Circles and constructions





1.       Ratio and proportion

(Ratio and proportion)

2.       Factors, powers and roots


3.       Graphs 1


4.       Mock Exams

1.       Working in 3D


2.       Handling data 2


3.       Calculations 2




1.       Graphs 2


2.       Pythagoras and trigonometry


3.       Mock Exams

1.       Combined events


2.       Sequences


3.       Units and proportionality

(Ratio and proportion)





GCSE Exams