Subject Head: Graeme Spurr
Contact: gspurr@farmors.gloucs.sch.uk
KS3 Mathematics
Course outline
During their first two years at Farmor’s all students will study mathematics for five periods each week, rising to six periods each week in Year 9. The tables below give guidance on the Mathematics that will be covered during Key Stage 3. Teachers can vary in the amount of time they spend on a topic depending on the class they are teaching and the pupils proficiency and pace. The Mastery indicators represent the key skills that we are looking for pupils to develop over each year. The essential knowledge column represents the knowledge that pupils will either bring with them from primary or from the previous year of Maths education. We recognise that some pupils will arrive with variations in their mathematical knowledge so the teachers will be assessing pupils throughout the course of each year but there will be summative assessments at the end of each term. More detailed information on topics can be found by downloading the Secondary Progression Map for Mathematics.
Course Detail

Term 1 
Term 2 
Term 3 
Term 4 
Term 5 
Term 6 
7

Numbers and the number system
Counting and comparing
Calculating
Visualising and constructing
Investigating properties of shapes
Algebraic proficiency: tinkering

Exploring fractions, decimals and percentages
Proportional reasoning
Pattern sniffing
Measuring space
Investigating angles
Calculating fractions, decimals and percentages

Solving equations and inequalities
Calculating space
Checking, approximating and estimating
Mathematical movement
Presentation of data
Measuring data

8

Numbers and the number system
Calculating
Visualising and constructing
Understanding risk I
Algebraic proficiency: tinkering

Exploring fractions, decimals and percentages
Proportional reasoning
Pattern sniffing
Investigating angles
Calculating fractions, decimals and percentages
Solving equations and inequalities

Calculating space
Algebraic proficiency: visualising
Understanding risk II
Presentation of data
Measuring data

9

Calculating
Visualising and constructing
Algebraic proficiency: tinkering
Proportional reasoning

Pattern sniffing
Solving equations and inequalities I
Calculating space
Conjecturing

Algebraic proficiency: visualising
Solving equations and inequalities II
Understanding risk
Presentation of data

KS4 Mathematics
Head of Key Stage 4 (GCSE): Graeme Spurr
Contact: gspurr@farmors.gloucs.sch.uk
Specification: Edexcel 1MA1
Course outline
The Mathematics GCSE covers a wide range of mathematical knowledge and skills with a strong focus on depth of understanding and problem solving. The knowledge and skills content is grouped into five areas:
 Number
 Algebra
 Ratio and Proportion
 Geometry
 Probability and Statistics
What should students expect to do during the course?
Students will be expected to:
 Recall and use standard mathematical skills and knowledge to solve problems.
 Be able to break down more complex problems into small steps in order to solve them.
 Be able to apply mathematical skills to analyse problems in a real life context.
 Be able to use a calculator to solve problems quickly and effectively.
Students will be given the opportunity to discuss mathematical ideas in groups and undertake investigations. The core textbooks and other resources develop learning through practical activities and traditional exercises. These books are supplemented by other appropriate materials, including computer software.
Homework is set on a regular basis to consolidate work taught in class or to revise topics previously learned. Online homework may be set on occasions and students without internet access should speak to their teacher to get a hardcopy of the homework.
Assessment (graded 9 1)
The assessment for the course consists of 3 papers all sat at the end of year 11. Each paper is 1½ hours long and there is one noncalculator and two calculator papers. Each paper is marked out of 80 giving a maximum total of 240 marks.
Students will be entered for either the foundation or higher tier exam papers. The higher tier examination is graded from 9 to 4 while the foundation tier is graded from 5 to 1.
Progression into Sixth Form
The GCSE prepares students to take any of the 3 maths options in the sixth form which include A level Mathematics; A level Further Mathematics and Core Mathematics. The course also supports the subjects that require some level of maths which are the sciences, psychology, business & economics and geography