Mathematician-turned-philosopher Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) once stated that: "Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty -- a beauty cold and austere, like that of sculpture, without appeal to any part of our weaker nature, without the gorgeous trappings of painting or music, yet sublimely pure, and capable of a stern perfection such as only the greatest art can show." Mathematics allows us to look at the patterns that make up our world without bias. The subject transcends cultural boundaries and its importance is universally recognised. Indeed, mathematics helps us to understand and change our world. The mathematics department at Woolwich Polytechnic aims to ensure that all students are stretched and engaged by a broad and in-depth curriculum. We aspire to cultivate an enthusiasm for mathematics within all of our students, while demonstrating how relevant the subject is to their everyday life. The mathematics programme of study intensifies as students progress through their secondary years; Key Stage 3 students receive four 50 minutes lessons each week whilst KS4 and KS5 students receive five and seven lessons respectively. Students’ progress is closely monitored and additional support is provided where needed. We also offer after school clubs which are designed to support and/or stretch our students, depending on where they are in their learning. Our peer mentoring and Saturday school sessions are lively and engaging and help to develop our students’ confidence and resilience. Every year we enter our students for both National and local competitions such as the UKMT and the RBG Maths Challenge.
Programme of Study
Year 7
Topic 1 Topic 2 Topic 3
Charts & financial mathematics, Positive & negative numbers, Function machines, Sequences, Perimeter area & volume, Surface area of cubes & cuboids, Decimal numbers, Rounding Decimals, BODMAS, Measurement, Averages, Statistical diagrams, Collecting data.
Using Algebra, Fractions, Adding & Subtracting Angles, Coordinates & Graphs, Decimals and %'s possibility.
Symmetry, Solving equations, Interpreting Data, Nets of 3-D shapes, Ratio.
Year 8
Topic 1 Topic 2 Topic 3
Working with numbers, Angles and Shapes, Probability, Percentages, Congruent Shapes, Surface area and volume of prisms, Indices, Constructions and Loci, Probability, Percentages, Congruency, Surface area and volume of prisms.
Revision for Exam week, Algebra, Shape and Ratio, Standard Form, Graphs. Fractions and Decimals, Proportion, Circles, Compound Shapes, Algebra, Ratio, compound shapes, revision, end of year test.
Year 9
Topic 1 Topic 2 Topic 3
Percentages, Equations and formulae, Polygons, Using data, Applications of graphs, Pythagoras’ Theorem. Fractions, Algebra, Decimal Numbers, Surface area and volume of cylinders, Solving equations graphically.
Compound units, Right-angled triangles, Introduction to algebraic proof, Introduction to geometric proof, Probability, Introduction to geometric Sequences.
Year 10
Topic 1 Topic 2 Topic 3
Basic number, Prime factors, LCM and HCF, Fractions, ratio and proportion, Statistics: Statistical diagrams and averages, Algebra: Number and sequences, Quadratic Sequence, Ratio, proportion and rates of change, Compound measures, Geometry: Angles. Bisector, Algebraic manipulation, Formulae, Length, area and volume, Linear Graphs, Parallel and perpendicular lines, Right-angled triangles, Angle of Elevation and Depression, Bearings in trigonometry, Similarity. Exploring and applying probability, Powers, Roots and standard form, Equations and inequalities, Counting, accuracy, powers and surds, Quadratic equations, Sampling and more complex diagrams.
Year 11
Topic 1 Topic 2 Topic 3
Algebraic manipulation, Number, Data Handling, Equations and inequalities, Data Handling & Probability, Shapes, Congruence & Similarity, Circle theorems, constructions and loci.
Vector Geometry, Pythagoras’ theorem and trigonometry, Advanced algebra, Transformation of cos and sin graphs, Units and proportionality. Revisit key topics, final exam.
Our cohesive scheme of work builds upon students’ learning from KS2, whilst at the same time laying a solid foundation for further studies in KS4 and beyond. All Key Stage 3 students follow the National Curriculum and cover a range of topics across the following areas: number, algebra, ratio, proportion and rates of change, geometry and measures, probability and statistics. The scheme of work is designed to ensure all students develop a fluency with the key mathematical skills and a deep understanding of the knowledge that is required for them to make outstanding progress. There is a particular emphasis on using and applying their mathematical knowledge in a variety of contexts, making cross curricular links to deepen their understanding.
Students will follow the Higher GCSE syllabus throughout Years 9, 10, and 11, and will take the Edexcel Higher GCSE papers at the end of Year 11. The new GCSE curriculum places particular emphasis on students’ ability to solve complex mathematical problems in context. This is developed within lessons through the use of group work, and students are encouraged to work with a variety of different students in order to learn cogent strategies from each other. This approach is facilitated further in our peer mentoring sessions as well as Gifted and Talented clubs where students are offered opportunities to engage in rich tasks that help develop mastery and nurture confidence. Students’ progress in KS4 is regularly monitored through rigorous assessments each term and they are encouraged to use their personalised learning checklist (PLC) to help them master the areas in which they are less confident.