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All pupils at Lakeside school have four 45 minute Maths lessons each week. They are assessed twice a year to give a Numeracy age and level, those who are working below the expected age will be given numeracy support by a qualified Number Count tutor who will meet with pupils on a regular basis. Those pupils who are working below the expected level will be given 1:1 support in class to enhance learning.

The department has computers linked to the school network, giving pupils access to programmes which suit all levels.

Teachers and support staff encourage pupils to develop at their own level, whilst ensuring the correct guidance and explanations are given.

Schemes of work for all topics in Number, Algebra, Shape and Measure and Data Handling follow the  National Curriculum programme which is a broad and balanced programme of studies. Problem solving is integrated throughout all topics to allow pupils to fully understand the concept of Maths.


Key Stage 3 Curriculum

Pupils in Year 7 start their studies in Mathematics with a basic numeracy assessment. This allows staff to assess exactly where pupils are. Numeracy Ninja’s is completed during tutor time. This allows pupils to complete 30 questions from adding/subtracting through to more complex questions as a weekly assessment. This Programme of study is closely linked to the Year 7 National Curriculum with differentiated work for pupils working below expected standards. Topics covered include algebraic notation, sequences, perimeter and area and data handling.

Pupils in Year 8 continue developing their mathematical understanding with the emphasis on problem solving skills. All pupils have access to the full Maths programme; the topics include significant figures, percentages and decimals, fractions, angles, sums of any polygon and probability. Those pupils working below the expected standard will have access to 1:1 support and also work on the numeracy programme.

Pupils in Year 9 follow the Edexcel ‘Building the Gap’ GCSE programme this allows pupils to establish a good base ready for GCSE. They are encouraged to problem solve and use previous knowledge of maths to increase their confidence and become independent learners. The topics covered include area/volume of 2D and 3D shapes, sequences, Pie Charts, fractions and Ratio.

They are assessed with end of unit tests.  Year 9 students take Entry Level exams at the end of the year.


Key Stage 4 Curriculum

Pupils in Year 10 start a two year course in Edexcel GCSE Mathematics. All pupils take the Foundation Course with the opportunity to achieve a grade 1-5 (old GCSE F-B). All areas covered are the building blocks for achieving a Grade 3 and 4. These include multiplication and factors, simple algebraic expressions and geometry work. Assessment is completed at the end of each topic, with 80% being the target for Mastering work. Those who are Beginning (below 50%) or Developing (50-79%) their mathematical understanding will be given extra support to progress.  Year 10 students also undertake Functional Skills Level 1 exams at the end of the year.

Pupils in Year 11 have already completed one year of a two year course in Edexcel GCSE Mathematics. All pupils have the opportunity to attain a Grade 4 or above and are encouraged to complete Functional Skills Levels 1 and Level 2 on top of the GCSE exams to reach their full potential. The areas covered are extension work from Year 10 plus new topics including Pythagoras Theorem, Algebraic equations, Prime Factor trees and four quadrant coordinates.

Mock Exams

November & February


Examination in May/June.

Paper 1 Non Calculator (1hr 30min)

Paper 2 Calculator (1hr 30min)

Paper 3 Calculator (1hr 30min)

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