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Colchester Academy

Mathematics

We believe that every child can learn mathematics, given the appropriate learning experiences within and beyond the classroom. Our curriculum map reflects our high expectations for every child.

We believe that it is essential for students to develop mathematical thinking in and out of the classroom to fully master mathematical concepts. Our practice embeds the importance of deep understanding.

We believe that pupils should be encouraged to use mathematical language throughout their maths learning to deepen their understanding of concepts.

We also aim to ensure our pupils gain a love and appreciation for all the mathematics around them and will fully enjoy mathematics.

 

Key Stage 3

We sequence concepts and methods so that previously learnt ideas can be connected to new learning, supporting students in understanding the coherent and connected nature of the subject, and ensuring they consolidate learning by continually using and applying it in a variety of contexts. The National Curriculum is followed, to ensure a breadth of knowledge.

We believe that all of mathematics can be appreciated more fully once a student has a deep appreciation of the number system, therefore, we put number sense and place value first to ensure that all understanding builds on these foundations. Teachers use retrieval practice and reviews of prior learning to ensure that students embed key concepts in their long-term memory and apply them fluently. Regular low stakes testing, formative assessment and more formal tests are used to identify any gaps in knowledge; interventions are then provided as appropriate.

Curriculum Outline - Support

Year 7 Topics Covered:  
Autumn
  • Analysing & displaying data
  • Calculating
  • Expressions, functions & formulae
  • Graphs
Spring
  • Factors & multiples
  • Decimals & measures
  • Angles & lines
Summer
  • Measuring & shapes
  • Fractions, decimal & percentages
  • Transformations
Year 8 Topics Covered:  
Autum
  • Number properties & calculations
  • 3D shapes & measures
  • Statistics
  • Expressions & equations
Spring
  • Decimal calculations
  • Angles
  • Number properties
Summer
  • Sequences
  • Fractions & percentages
  • Probability

Curriculum Outline - Mid

Year 7 Topics Covered:  
Autumn
  • Analysing & displaying data
  • Number skills
  • Expressions, functions & formulae
  • Decimals & measures
Spring
  • Fractions
  • Probability
  • Ratio & proportion
Summer
  • Lines & angles
  • Sequences & graphs
  • Transformations
Year 8 Topics Covered:  
Autum
  • Number
  • Area & volume
  • Expressions & equations
  • Real life graphs
Spring
  • Decimals & ratio
  • Lines & angles
  • Calculating with fractions
Summer
  • Straight line graphs
  • Fractions, decimal & percentages
  • Statistics, graphs & charts

Curriculum Outline - High

Year 7 Topics Covered:  
Autumn
  • Analysing & displaying data
  • Number skills
  • Expressions, functions & formulae
  • Fractions
Spring
  • Angles & shapes
  • Decimals
  • Equations
Summer
  • Multiplicative reasoning
  • Perimeter, area & volume
  • Sequences & graphs
Year 8 Topics Covered:  
Autum
  • Factors & powers
  • Working with powers
  • 2D shapes & 3D solids
  • Real life graphs
Spring
  • Transformations
  • Fractions, decimal & percentages
  • Constructions & loci
Summer
  • Probability
  • Scale drawing & measures
  • Graphs

At this stage in the curriculum students will now be following a foundation tier or a higher tier scheme of work, leading to formal examinations in Year 11.

Curriculum Outline - Foundation

Year 9 Topics Covered:  
Autum
  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Graphs, tables & charts
Spring
  • Fractions & percentages
  • Equations, inequalities & sequences
  • Angles
Summer
  • Angles
  • Averages & range
  • Perimeter, area & volume

Curriculum Outline - Higher

Year 9 Topics Covered:  
Autum
  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Interpreting & representing data
Spring
  • Fractions & percentages
  • Angles & trigonometry
  • Graphs
Summer
  • Graphs
  • Area & volume
  • Transformations & constructions


Key Stage 4

Our Key Stage 4 curriculum is designed to build upon skills learnt at Key Stage 3.  Exceptional students will also have the opportunity to prepare for further study at A Level by taking an additional GCSE in Further Mathematics.

Curriculum Outline - Foundation

Year 10 Topics Covered:  
Autumn
  • Graphs
  • Transformations
  • Ratio & proportion
Spring
  • Right angled triangles
  • Probability
  • Multiplicative reasoning
Summer
  • Constructions & loci
  • Quadratic equations & graphs
  • Perimeter, area & volume 2
Year 11 Topics Covered:  
Autumn
  • Fractions, Indices & Standard form
  • Congruence & similarity
  • Vectors
  • Algebra
Spring
  • Revision of all topics as appropriate
Summer
  • Revision of all topics as appropriate

Curriculum Outline -Higher

Year 10 Topics Covered:  
Autumn
  • Equations & inequalities
  • Probability
  • Multiplicative reasoning
Spring
  • Similarity & congruence
  • Trigonometry 2
  • Further statistics
Summer
  • Equations & graphs
  • Circle theorems
  • Algebra
Year 11 Topics Covered:  
Autumn
  • Vectors
  • Geometric proof
  • Proportion & graphs
Spring
  • Revision of all topics as appropriate
Summer
  • Revision of all topics as appropriate


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