Mathematics at Penkford School

Number of lessons per week:

KS3: 3 - 4 KS4: 3 - 4


At Penkford School our aim is to support all students in becoming numerate citizens who can use their mathematical skills in everyday life with confidence and successfully achieve level appropriate qualifications.

During their previous inspections, Ofsted have made the following observations:

‘Focused individual learning programmes ensure that students make good and for some, outstanding progress.’

‘All gain mathematics accreditation at levels appropriate to their ability.’

‘The curriculum is well matched to students’ age and ability.’

‘Students make good progress in grasping the concepts taught.’

‘There has always been a positive attitude towards numeracy and mathematics within the school from both teachers and pupils. This is reflected in the quality of the lessons delivered and the qualifications gained by our students.’

Key Stage 3 Overview:

Pupils are taught mathematics in mixed ability classes throughout key stage 3, following a programme of study which has been split into 22 topics. Most these topics are studied each year throughout years 7, 8 and 9, albeit at different levels of understanding with pupils being taught concepts according to ‘stage rather than age’. This ensures a continuous cycle of consolidation and building upon prior knowledge at an individual level. Pace is set appropriate to individual classes and lessons are carefully personalised according to ability in order to help secure a good understanding of concepts studied and ensure a consistently appropriate level of challenge. Objectives studied each year will be dependent upon individual starting points and class requirements, ensuring each pupil has mastered the foundations required before moving onto the next level.

Within mathematics pupils are actively encouraged to apply their knowledge and understanding and make connections across the different areas of mathematics, to solve a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication and to consistently check and justify their solutions.

Lessons are delivered using a combination of practical, ICT-based and paper-based activities, developing understanding where appropriate through the physical manipulation of concrete materials and the use of pictorial representations. All pupils receive support appropriate to their needs and intervention strategies are put in place including 1:1 help for pupils requiring more intensive input. Pupils are also actively encouraged to extend their learning beyond the mathematics classroom through fortnightly ‘Pearson Active Learn’ online homework opportunities, form time numeracy sessions and use of their mathematical skills across the curriculum.

Year 7, 8 and 9 topics:

Half term 1:

Unit 1 – Place value

Unit 2 – Rounding and approximation

Unit 3 – Calculation

Half term 2:

Unit 11 – Angles

Unit 12 – 2D shapes

Unit 13 – Constructions

Unit 14 – 3D solids

Unit 15 – Transformations

Half term 3:

Unit 4 – Types of number

Unit 5 – Fractions

Unit 6 – Percentages

Half term 4:

Unit 17 – Time

Unit 18 – Money

Unit 8 – Algebra

ACCESS Testing (1 week)

Half term 5:

Unit 7 – Proportionality

Unit 16 – Measures

Unit 17 – Area and volume

Half term 6:

Unit 21 – Collecting, presenting, and organising data

Unit 22 – Averages

Unit 20 – Probability

Unit 9 – Sequences

Unit 10 – Graphs

Individual class intervention/access testing

Key Stage 4 Overview:

At KS4 all pupils having already achieved qualifications at Entry Level 3 will work towards a GCSE in Mathematics at a level appropriate to their starting points. GCSE topics have been spread across two years enabling pupils sufficient time to revise and make progress within each topic, building upon their knowledge from Key Stage 3 to secure the best grades possible in their final examinations. Communication and application of knowledge, skills, and understanding is a key focus throughout these two years.

**Please note timings provided below are approximate. Topics may be re-organised year on year dependent upon the needs of individual classes.

Year 10 topics:

Half term 1:


Multiples, factors, and primes



Half term 2:


Real-life graphs

Direct and inverse proportion

Algebraic expressions

Half term 3:

Algebraic expressions

Formulas and functions

Units, measuring and estimating


Half term 4:

Units, measuring and estimating

Compound measures


Graphs and equations

Half term 5:

Graphs and equations




Half term 6:

Collecting and analysing data

Year 11 topics:

Half term 1:

Angles and 2D shapes



Half term 2:

Area and Perimeter


3D shapes

Half term 3:


Scale drawings and bearings


Half term 4:

Pythagoras’s Theorem


Half term 5:

Powers and roots

Revision – particularly content from year 10

Exam boards:


Extra-curricular activities:

Maths Clinic runs every Thursday after school from 2:45-3:15pm. This is a drop in session which offers access to the computers to complete online homework.

GCSE Revision runs every Wednesday after school from 3:00pm-4:30pm. The focus of this session is exam preparation, study skills and problem solving.

A fun ‘Maths Challenge’ is presented to form groups each half term. Vivo prizes are rewarded for winners and runners up.

A STEM grant is applied for on an annual basis with companies carefully selected to come into school for one day and hold workshops with our pupils.

Additional Information:

Fortnightly ‘Pearson Active Learn’ homework is set which pupils can access online both in school and at home. 10 Vivos are rewarded for each task completed.

From Year 8 onwards all pupils are given the opportunity to access the Symphony intervention software to help identify and address any gaps in prior learning.

Additional 1:1 Symphony sessions are offered to pupils across the key stages on a priority of need basis.

In years 9, 10 and 11, functional skills are studied once per week as appropriate with pupils given the opportunity to work towards achieving functional skills qualifications at Entry Level, Level 1 and/or Level 2. This year we have arranged for our pupils to visit Manchester Utd Football Stadium as part of their studies in this area.

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