Pupils follow a balanced course leading to assessment in 4 attainment targets – Using and Applying Maths, Number and Algebra, Shape, Space and Measures and Handling Data. The course is assessed by two 2hour written examination papers. One paper allows the use of a calculator and one paper does not.
Autumn Term
Standard form

Write numbers in standard form.

Write standard form numbers in full.

Calculate using standard form.
Indices

Familiarize the ‘language’ of indices.

Use the rules for x and ÷ index numbers and the rules for zero, negative and fractional indices.

Solve equations with indices.
Cumulative frequency

Construct cumulative frequency tables and draw cumulative frequency diagrams.

Use cumulative frequency diagram to estimate the median and interquartile range and use them to compare distributions.
Histograms

Construct and interpret histograms.

Produce a frequency table from a histogram.
Similar shapes

Identify similar shapes.

Recall the conditions for similar shapes.

Calculate the unknown lengths in similar shapes.
Area/Volume of Similar shapes

Calculate area of similar shapes.

Calculate volume of similar shapes.
Congruent triangles

Identify congruent triangles.

Recall the four conditions for congruent triangles.

Prove 2 triangles are congruent.
Quadratic Equations

Solve quadratic equations of the type x2+bx+c=0 by factorisation.

Explore the properties of quadratic functions by drawing graphs.

Solve equations by drawing graphs and reading where the graph cuts the xaxis.

Solve quadratic equations by using the formula.

Solve quadratic equations by completing the square.
Algebraic fractions

Simplify algebraic fractions.

Multiply, divide, add and subtract algebraic fractions.

Solve equations involving algebraic fractions.

Solve problems leading to quadratic equations by factorising or using the quadratic formula.
Spring Term
Pythagoras’ theorem/ Trigonometry

Use information given to write down the sine, cosine and tangent of an angle.

Use information given to find angles using the appropriate ratio.

Use information given to find the lengths of sides in a right angled triangle.

Find angles of elevation and depression using the appropriate ratio.

Apply trigonometrical ratios and Pythagoras to solve assorted problems.

Apply the rule of Pythagoras in 3D.

Visualise appropriate triangles in diagrams in 3D.

Solve problems using Trig. in right angled triangles in 3D.
Sine Rule, Cosine Rule and area of a triangle

Use the Sin rule to solve problems in 2D.

Use the Cosine rule to solve problems in 2D.

Solve problems using the sin rule and cosine rule in 3D.

Calculate bearings using sin rule / cosine rule.
Trigonometric functions and equations
Recognise and sketch

y = sin x

y = cos x

y = tan x
for 180^{o}^{ }< x < 360^{o}
Solve trig. equations graphically and using the method of ‘4 quadrants’
Arc and Sector of a Circle

To find the arc length of a sector of a circle.

To find the sector area of a circle.

To find the radius / angle given the arc length / sector area of a circle.
Rates of change/ Area under a curve

Calculate gradients of curves.

Find rates of change on

a) distance – time graphs

b) velocity – time graphs


Find area under graphs on

a) velocitytime graphs

b) acceleration – time graphs

Summer Term

Past papers
In order to help your child progress in Mathematics you could:

Ensure they have a geometry set and a scientific calculator with them for all lessons.

Practice mental arithmetic.

Encourage your child to explain how they are completing a set task..

Play an active role in ensuring that your child is regularly accessing the website www.mymaths.co.uk which is used for all homework tasks and contains a vast amount of materials to support and enhance your child’s learning.

Whenever possible try to make your child aware of the mathematics involved in real life e.g. Utility bills, salaries, bank accounts, credit card and loans.