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Our Subject Vision

Mathematics has been an integral part of life throughout history and continues to intrigue, solve problems and make sense of the world. It involves skills for essential everyday life: critical for science, technology, engineering, financial literacy and most other vocations. At Temple Learning Academy, we have adopted an ‘all-through’ mastery learning approach that embeds the fundamentals of Mathematics and develops reasoning & problem-solving skills. A carefully sequenced curriculum that builds on prior learning to inspire resilience, confidence and courage to take risks. Our vision at Temple Learning Academy is for every pupil to achieve their full potential in Mathematics and to be lifelong mathematical thinkers. A curriculum that fosters an ambition for change and an aspiration to pursue Mathematics in further education, use in their chosen vocation or prepare them for life as independent adults.

Which qualifications do we offer at KS4?

Foundation Tier and Higher Tier students at TLA will sit the Pearson Edexcel GCSE qualification.

The assessments for Pearson Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9–1) in Mathematics will be completed in 3 separate papers. Paper 1 is a non-calculator assessment and a calculator is allowed for Paper 2 and Paper 3. The papers will cover the following content headings:

  1. Number
  2. Algebra
  3. Ratio, proportion and rates of change
  4. Geometry and measures
  5. Probability
  6. Statistics

The qualification will be graded and certificated on a nine-grade scale from 9 to 1 using the total mark across all three papers where 9 is the highest grade. Individual papers are not graded.

  • Foundation tier: grades 1 to 5.
  • Higher tier: grades 4 to 9 (grade 3 allowed).

Additional information regarding the Pearson Edexcel qualification can be found using the link below.

Mathematics GCSE | Edexcel GCSE Mathematics (2015) | Pearson qualifications

Where could this subject ultimately take you?

This course prepares students to progress onto A-level Mathematics, A-level Further Mathematics or Level 3 Mathematical studies.

The skills and qualities you develop are valued in all industries as mathematics is so integral.

Mathematics can also lead to careers in Engineering; Computer Science; Biological, Chemical or Physical sciences; Medicine; Aviation; Finance; Law; Management.

Mathematicians and Engineers will be at the forefront of tackling climate change.

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What enrichment and extra-curricular opportunities do we offer in Mathematics?

The Mathematics faculty provides a Problem-Solving club where students tackle mind bending mathematical problems, doing so collaboratively. This club is primarily driven by the students themselves and aimed at Year 11 pupils.

Opportunities aimed at KS3 pupils to attend external mathematics courses provided by organisations such as the Royal Institution of Mathematics and Talent-ed are also pursued.

What will students study in Mathematics?

Key Stage 3

Year 7

The Year 7 curriculum is predominantly designed to build a solid fundamental knowledge of numbers and the number system. We will look at how various place value systems have been developed and how their knowledge of the 4 operations using integers, fractions and decimals.  We will develop a deeper understanding of geometry and properties of shapes and there will be an extensive focus upon developing pre-algebra skills.

Unit       Topics

1              Place value and ordering integers and decimals

2              Solving problems with addition and subtraction

3              Solving problems with multiplication and division

4              Indices

5              Prime numbers and proof

6              Operations and equations with direct number

7              Sequences

8              Fraction, decimal and percentage equivalence                 

9              Addition and subtraction of fractions

10           Multiplying and dividing fractions                           

11           Fractions and percentages of amounts

12           Fractions and percentages

13           Developing number sense

14           Understand and use algebraic notation

15           Equality and equivalence

Year 8

The Year 8 curriculum is designed to build upon previous learning and introduce the study of ratio and proportion. We will develop further knowledge of the properties of shapes and there will be a much greater emphasis on developing the students’ algebraic skills and linking equations to straight line graphs.

Unit       Topics

1              Equality and equivalence

2              Expanding and factorising

3              Forming and solving equations and inequalities

4              Sequences

5              Ratio

6              Multiplicative change   

7              Constructing, measuring and using geometric notation

8              Developing geometric reasoning

9              Angles in parallel lines and polygons

10           Working in the Cartesian plane

11           Straight line graphs

12           Area of trapezia and circles

13           Line symmetry and reflection

14           Representing data

15           The data handling cycle

16           Measures of location and spread

Year 9

The Year 9 curriculum will build upon knowledge and understanding gained in Year 7 and Year 8.  Ratio & proportion is explored in greater depth and students will study the use of Pythagoras’ theorem to calculate missing lengths of right-angled triangles. The study of standard form will also be introduced and geometry and statistics will be studied further.

Unit       Topics

1              Standard index form

2              Sets and probability

3              Tables and probability

4              Pythagoras’ theorem

5              Trigonometry

6              Circles

7              Three dimensional shapes

8              Numbers

9              Limits of accuracy

10           Algebraic manipulation

11           Quadratic graphs

12           Real life graphs and compound units

13           Constructions and congruency

14           Rotation and translation

15           Enlargement and similarity

At the end of KS3, students can choose whether to continue to study Mathematics into KS4 and gain a qualification. For those that do not continue to study Mathematics we hope they continue with their education with a lifelong love of Mathematics, understanding of Mathematics and appreciation of Mathematics. We also hope that the will have developed skills such as resilience, reasoning and problem solving that will support them in life as independent, young adults.

Key Stage 4

Our Year 10 and 11 students follow the Edexcel GCSE Mathematics course.

Our students will follow a Foundation or Higher pathway dependent upon which is the best pathway for them.

Throughout Year 10 and 11, students will build upon the skills and knowledge gained in KS3 and be taught explicitly how to answer more complicated exam style problems as well as essential calculator skills. Students access 4 x 60 minutes of Mathematics per week at KS4 and have access to online learning resources such as Hegarty Mathematics and GCSEpods.

Year 10


  • Congruence, similarity and enlargement
  • Indices, roots and surds
  • Revisiting Pythagoras and trigonometry
  • Vectors
  • Solving quadratics and iteration
  • Simultaneous equations
  • Functions
  • Percentages and interest
  • Ratios and fractions
  • Angles and bearings
  • Working with circles
  • Representing solutions of inequalities and equations
  • Collecting, representing and interpreting data

Year 11


  • Collecting, representing and interpreting data
  • Types of number and sequences
  • Probability
  • Non-linear graphs
  • Compound unit and rates
  • Direct and inverse proportion

Revisiting Key Topics

  • Angles
  • Algebraic reasoning
  • Transformation of 2D Shapes
  • Pythagoras and Trigonometry (inc Area Rule)
  • Volume and Surface Area (Working in 3D)
  • Constructions
  • Listing & describing

Temple Learning Academy is part of Red Kite Learning Trust, a charitable company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales with company number 7523507, registered office address: Harrogate Grammar School, Arthurs Avenue, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG2 0DZ

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