Every new cohort of Year 7 students accepted at Crossley Heath have a proven ability in Mathematics. As a department we see it as our purpose to ensure that these students are stretched so they can aspire to reach their full potential, whilst accepting that all of our students have a varied cultural background and very different foundations in their mathematical understanding.

With this intention in mind, we have a varied curriculum that reviews and develops the students’ prior understanding of Number, Geometry, Statistics and Ratio whilst also incorporating new disciplines such as Algebra. These skills are developed through varied lessons which will entail a mixture of traditional teaching methods, grouped and paired work as well as open ended problems in which the students design investigations to make their own personal discoveries. Throughout all of these activities we focus on developing the students’ self-belief in their own mathematical abilities and instilling them with the resilience to believe that they can do something even if they are not quite there yet.

The mathematics department endeavour to maintain and heighten the interest of mathematics that our students possess when they join us. This is achieved through the delivery of our lessons but also through the opportunities we provide outside of the classroom. During Key Stage 3 we incorporate a vast array of learning opportunities to broaden the curriculum, these include a variety of investigations into particularly interesting problems such as using geometric constructions to design their own security plans for protecting an industrial estate. Another popular element of the syllabus is the Year 7 ‘History of Maths’ project in which students are able to take responsibility for their own research and work respectfully within a small team. They are then able to creatively present their findings in a manor suiting their individual skillset. Previous projects have resulted in PowerPoint presentations, posters, cakes and even dramatic renditions of a mathematical story.

Our syllabus is designed to maintain challenge over the course of the five years of study. We spiral through the full spectrum of mathematical disciplines revisiting key areas whilst also introducing increasingly complex topics such as simultaneous equations, trigonometry, conditional probability and surds. Our ultimate goal is that all of our students finishing their GCSE studies are prepared with a deep skillset to continue their mathematical studies at A-level and beyond, whether that is in further study of pure mathematics or applying these skills in the sciences, engineering, medicine or many others areas.

If any student under our care is having any difficulties in their mathematics lessons or understanding a certain topic we have many layers of support available. Our classroom teachers intervene and support during their lessons and adapt work such that it can be more readily accessed. We additionally offer additional classes outside lessons where we feel appropriate and can also assign younger students a sixth form mentor who they can meet with on a regular basis.

Mathematics is popular amongst the students at Crossley Heath, this has led to our department having the largest cohort of A level students of any individual subject in the school. Our teachers are specialists in their areas and all have mathematical related degrees and many years of experience. Students are taught between two teachers such that the specialist topics of statistics and mechanics are taught by those teachers who have a particular specialism in the area. This is increasingly important as the new A-level concentrates more than ever on the wide applications of mathematical modelling.


Mathematics at Key Stage 3

The students are taught for three hours per week within their own form group.

The order in which the topics are covered are

Term 1Term 2Term 3
Year 7• Number
o Order Of Operations
o Types Of Number
o Factors And Multiples
o Approximation
o Rounding
o Decimals
o Fractions
o Percentages
o Standard Form
• Ratio
o Sharing Within A Ratio
o Proportion Problems
o Unitary Method
• Algebra
o Number Patterns
o Manipulating Expressions
o Solving Linear Equations
o Rearranging EquationsI, including the Crusades.
• Geometry
o Perimeter And Area Of Triangles And Quadrilaterals
o Area And Circumference Of Circles
o Surface Area And Volume Of Prisms
o Angle Facts
o Angles In Parallel Lines
o Angles In Polygons
o Constructions With Compasses
o Isometric Drawing
o Plans And Elevations
o Transformations
o Reflective And Rotational Symmetry
o Planes Of Symmetry
• Probability
o Simple Probability
o Multiple Events
o Mutually Exclusive Vents
o Experimental Probability
• Algebra
o Drawing Graphs Of Linear Equations
o Gradient Intercept Method
• Algebra
o Revision Of Key Topics From Term 1
o Application To Geometrical Problems
o Application To Investigations
o Simultaneous Equations
o Recognising Graphs
• Statistics
o Averages
o Surveys
o Bar Charts
o Scatter Diagrams
o Pie Charts
• Geometry
o Construction Revision
o Loci
o Pythagoras
• Probability
o Venn Diagrams
Year 8• Number
o Factors And Multiples
o Approximation
o Rounding
o Decimals
o Fractions
o Percentages
o Standard Form
• Algebra
o Algebraic Fractions
o Solving Linear Equations
o Changing The Subject
o Double Bracket Expansion
• Ratio
o Speed Distance Time
o Density Mass Volume
• Statistics
o Sampling
o Frequency Polygons
o Mean For Grouped Frequency Tables
o Correlation And Scatter Graphs
• Geometry
o Area And Perimeter
o Circles
o Volume Of Prisms
o Angle Properties
o Internal And External Angles
o Similarity And Congruency
• Algebra
o Straight Line Graphs
o Parallel And Perpendicular Lines
o Graphical Solutions Of Simultaneous Equations
o Elimination Method For Simultaneous Equations
• Geometry
o Pythagoras
o Trigonometry (SOHCAHTOA)
• Probability
o Sample Space Diagrams
o Relative Frequency
o Tree Diagrams
• Algebra
o Quadratic Factorisation
o Quadratic Equations
o Difference Of Two Square
• Geometry
o Volume Of Prisms
o Volume Of Pyramids And Cones
o Volume Of Spheres
o Surface Area Of 3D Shapes
o Loci
o Vectors
o Circle Theorems
• Algebra
o Sequences Revision
o Changing The Subject
o Solving Inequalities
o Drawing Inequalities On A Number Line
o Recognising Graphs Of Curves
• Number
o Bounds
o Recurring Decimals
o Fractional And Negative Indices
o Surds
• Statistics
o Cumulative Frequency
o Box Plots
• Probability
o Venn Diagrams

GCSE Curriculum: Key Stage 4

The students are taught for four hours per week within streamed groups which will all take the AQA higher mathematics exam in Year 11. The syllabus is taught in full by the end of Year 10 and then in Year 11 lessons will focus on applying skills to a range of exam contexts such as interleaving different skills with problem solving situations. The students in year 11 are provided with additional intervention groups where appropriate to develop their fluency skills so that they are able to fully access the content in lessons.

The order in which the topics are covered are

  • Triangles
    • Sine And Cosine Rule
    • Area Of Any Triangle
    • Exact Trigonometric Values
  • Algebraic Fractions
  • Functions
    • Composite Functions
    • Inverse Functions
  • Recurring Decimals
  • Powers and Surds
    • Recap of Year 9
    • Rationalising the Denominator
  • Construction and Loci
  • Proof
    • Algebraic Proofs
    • Geometric Proofs
  • Congruence & Similarity
  • Direct and Inverse Proportion
  • Quadratics
    • Sketching Graphs
    • Quadratic Simultaneous Equations
  • Conditional Probability
  • Iteration
  • Curved Graphs
    • Recognising Curves
    • Transformations
    • Trigonometric Graphs
  • Travel Graphs
    • Tangents
    • Estimating the Area under curves
  • Bounds

GCSE Further Mathematics

In addition to the GCSE in Mathematics, our department makes an additional GCSE in ‘Further Mathematics’ available to all students. This qualification is designed to deepen students’ understanding of high level concepts from the Mathematics GCSE to ensure they achieve their highest potential but also gives those studying it an introduction to certain A-level topics. The additional topics covered in this course are

  • Algebra
    • Domain And Range
    • Factor Theorem
    • Piecewise Functions
    • Limiting Values As A Sequence Tends To Infinity
    • Equations of Circles With Any Centre
    • Simultaneous Equations with Three Unknowns
  • Calculus
    • Differentiating Polynomials
    • Finding The Equation Of A Tangent And Normal
    • Finding Stationary Points
    • Checking The Nature Of Stationary Points
    • Sketching Curves
  • Matrices
    • Operations With Matrices
    • The Identity Matrix
    • Transformations
  • Geometry
    • Transformations Of Functions
    • Solving Trigonometric Equations To Give Multiple Solutions
    • Trigonometric Identities
    • Exact Trigonometric Values

A Level Curriculum

We offer two courses at A-level – Mathematics and Further Mathematics.


The students will be in lessons for 9 hours per fortnight which are usually divided between two teachers. The students will continue developing their understanding of Number, Algebra, Geometry and Statistics whilst also introducing important new topics such as Calculus and Mechanics

At the end of the two year course they will sit the Edexcel examinations. This consists of three 2 hour examinations, two pure papers and one paper that is 50% Statistics and 50% Mechanics.

Our department offers multiple levels of support to ensure the students reach their highest potential. We run weekly support sessions that specifically target different ability levels including an A* club for the most able in the cohort as well having developed our own series of ‘Facts and Basics’ booklets which have been highly rated by students of all ability ranges. These booklets cover all of the ‘easy marks’ and areas in which students of all ranges should be attaining 100% as well as providing straight forward examples of every topic which contain nothing designed to catch them out. On the run up to the examinations we provided revision days in the holidays and during study leave to give each student every opportunity to reach their full potential.

Further Mathematics

Students who take this course must also take the A-level in Mathematics.

The students will be in 8 hours of additional lessons per fortnight and this allows the students to broaden the range of their mathematical understanding. There is more scope for tailoring this course to the future mathematical needs of the class of students. On top of the two compulsory 90-minute pure mathematics examinations we are able to choose two of eight other papers which further study Pure, Statistics, Mechanics and Decision Mathematics. Due to the cohort that we usually have comprising of Computer Scientists and Physicists, we usually choose Decision Mathematics 1 and Further Mechanics 1 as the options.

The Enriched Curriculum

There are of course other important aspects to developing a student’s mathematical understanding and enjoyment outside of classwork and examinations. The UKMT mathematics challenges are very popular amongst Crossley Heath students. These challenges are available to students in Years 7-13 and test students’ ability to decipher more open ended puzzle style questions. In all of the available year groups we take a selected group of students to compete in a regional team challenge, some of which have previously progressed to the national finals. We attend the annual ‘Maths Inspiration’ events with students in Years 10 – 12 which feature a range of guest speakers who work in mathematical fields as well as professionally lecture globally. For the post-16 students we additionally run a trip to Leeds University during the summer term in Year 12 in which selected students tackle problem solving questions. These questions are both enjoyable as well intellectually stimulating and are designed to increase the students’ skillset when tackling the harder problem solving questions that are in the new A-level examinations.

5 Year Curriculum Plan(s)

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