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Mathematics

The Team 

Staff Member 

Role 

Email Address 

Mrs P Speller 

Curriculum Lead 

spellerp@ursuline.kent.sch.uk 

Mr T Field 

Deputy Curriculum Lead + KS5 Coordinator 

fieldt@ursuline.kent.sch.uk 

Mrs T Sexton 

Teacher of Mathematics 

sextont@ursuline.kent.sch.uk 

Mr N Stansfeld 

Teacher of Mathematics + Numeracy Coordinator  

stansfeldn@ursuline.kent.sch.uk 

Ms J Bloomfield 

Teacher of Mathematics 

bloomfieldj@ursuline.kent.sch.uk 

Mrs A Clitheroe  

Teacher of Mathematics 

clitheroea@ursuline.kent.sch.uk 

 

Key Stage 3 

In mathematics, we follow the Key Stage 3 national curriculum from year 7 to year 9. Within the curriculum we explore, create, construct and investigate many areas of mathematics. We focus in on areas of STEM where possible and bring maths into real life context for our students. We strive for all students to be able to answer questions in fluency, reasoning and problem solving.  

 

Cycle 1 

Cycle 2 

Cycle 3 

Cycle 4 

Year 7 

Refreshing number skills, analysing data, exploring basic algebra  

 

Exploring decimals and measures, investigating fractions, calculating probability and ratio and proportion 

Construction lines and angles and creating sequences 

Investigating Transformation 

Year 8 

Exploring factors and powers, working harder powers, identifying 2D and 3D shape properties, area and volume, statistics 

 

Exploring real-life graphs, working with transformations and exploring fractions, decimals and percentages, basic algebra, real-life graphs 

Constructions and Loci, investigating probability, creating scale drawings and measures. Decimals and ratio, calculating with fractions 

Creating and interpreting algebraic graphs, percentages, decimals and fractions 

Year 9 

Exploring powers and roots, investigating quadratics, work with inequalities, equations and formulae, indices and standard form 

 

Collecting and analysing data, investigating ratio and proportion, creating and interpreting quadratic graphs, constructions 

Exploring rates of change, simultaneous equations and solving inequalities, Pythagoras, sequences and graphs 

Exploring trigonometry and mathematical reasoning, probability and comparing shapes through ratios 

 

Key Stage 4 

Exam Board: Edexcel 

Link to Specification: https://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/GCSE/mathematics/2015/specification-and-sample-assesment/gcse-maths-2015-specification.pdf 

Future Careers: Every career you enter into will require some level of mathematics. Passing your GCSE mathematics will open many doors and allow students to access to A-Levels and/or further education 

In mathematics, we follow the Key Stage 4 national curriculum from year 10 to year 11. Within the curriculum we explore, create, construct and investigate many areas of mathematics. We focus in on areas of STEM where possible and bring maths into real life context for our students. We strive for all students to be able to answer questions in fluency, reasoning and problem solving.  

 

Cycle 1 

Cycle 2 

Cycle 3 

Cycle 4 

Year 10 

Higher Manipulate fractional indicesSolve problems involving direct and inverse proportionConvert between recurring decimals and fractionsSolve equations using iterative methods

Foundation: Calculate with roots and integer indices, manipulate algebraic expressions by expanding the product of two binomials, manipulate algebraic expressions by factorising a quadratic expression of the form x² + bx + c 

 

Higher Manipulate algebraic expressions by factorising, a quadratic expression of the form ax² + bx + cSolve quadratic equations by factorisingLink graphs of quadratic functions to related equations 

Foundation: Understand and use the gradient of a straight line to solve problems, Solve two linear simultaneous equations algebraically and graphically, Plot and interpret graphs of quadratic functions 

Higher Interpret a gradient as a rate of changeRecognise and use the equation of a circle with centre at the originApply trigonometry in two dimensions 

Foundation: Change freely between compound units, Use ruler and compass methods to construct the perpendicular bisector of a line segment and to bisect an angle, Solve problems involving similar shapes 

Higher Calculate volumes of spheres, cones and pyramidsUnderstand and use vectorsAnalyse data through measures of central tendency, including quartiles 

Foundation: Calculate exactly with multiples of π, Apply Pythagoras’ theorem in two dimensions, Use geometrical reasoning to construct simple proofs, Use tree diagrams to list outcomes 

Year 11 

 

Higher: Simplify surds, including rationalising the denominator of a surd expression, manipulate quadratic expressions by completing the square 

Foundation: Investigating properties of shapes, calculating numbers, Solving equations and inequalities I 

 

Higher: Deduce roots and turning points of quadratic functions, Understand the concept of an instantaneous rate of change 

Foundation: Algebraic proficiency, Proportional reasoning, Sequences, Mathematical movement II Solving equations and inequalities II, 

Higher: Sketch translations and reflections of given functions, solve quadratic inequalities in one variable, Use the sine and cosine rules to solve problems 

Foundation: Calculating space, Conjecturing, Analysing statistics, Algebraic proficiency: visualising I, exploring fractions, decimals and percentages, solving equations and inequalities III, Understanding risk 

 

Key Stage 5 

Exam Board: Edexcel 

Link to Specification: https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/mathematics-2017.html 

Future Careers: Maths Degree/Masters, Economics Degree/Masters, Physics Degree/Masters, Business or Financial Degree/Masters, IT or Computing Degree/Masters. You could also apply for jobs in the following sectors: Bank & Financial Institutions, IT or Computing, General Business Services 

 

 

Cycle 1 

Cycle 2 

Cycle 3 

Cycle 4 

Year 12 

Algebra and functions 

Coordinate geometry in the (x, y) plane 

Statistical Sampling 

Data presentation and interpretation 

Probability 

 

Sequences 

Trigonometry 

Exponentials and logarithms 

Statistical distributions - binomial 

Statistical hypothesis testing 

Quantities and units in mechanics  

Differentiation 

Integration 

Vectors 

Kinematics  

Forces and Newton’s laws  

 

Retrieval and Internal Assessments 

Algebra and functions 

Regression & correlation 

Conditional Probability 

 

Year 13 

Trigonometry 

Parametric equations 

Normal Distribution 

Moments 

Sequences & Series 

Differentiation 

Forces & friction 

Projectiles 

Integration 

Numerical Methods 

Vectors 

Applications of forces 

Further Kinematics 

 

 

Recommended Websites

https://vle.mathswatch.co.uk/vle/ - Our resource for homework. Logins and passwords have been given but in general:

Login: jwelch@ursuline (first initial and surname)

Password: Password#

 

https://mathigon.org - A beautiful website showing the love of Mathematics.

https://www.onmaths.com - An excellent selection of GCSE papers

https://corbettmaths.com/contents - An outstanding collection of videos and questions.