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BackMathematics has, and always will, play a fundamental role in the development of society and a basic conceptual understanding of mathematical principles is an essential life skill.
Here at Hertswood, it is important that in our maths lessons we develop our students into confident, resilient and inquisitive individuals who think critically and can reflect upon their work. We develop a foundation of critical knowledge and skills which are revisited as often as possible. We then progressively build on these to connect to new topics and activate links to other areas of mathematics and the whole school curriculum.
Our bespoke scheme of work is designed to allow students to have a secure foundation and knowledge of skills on which to build, thus developing concepts and understanding, not only across the maths curriculum but also the wider whole school curriculum.
There are three branches and corresponding knowledge booklets to our scheme of work: bronze, silver and gold. There is considerable overlap between each of the branches, however the more advanced branches cover more content at a faster pace. Our classes are set by ability and each class will follow the branch that ensures students can access the work without barriers and then develop their mathematical skills to be stretched and challenged appropriately for them.
Key Stage 3
In Key Stage 3 there are three branches and corresponding knowledge booklets to our scheme of work: bronze, silver and gold. There is considerable overlap between each of the branches however the more advanced branches cover more content at a faster pace. Our classes are set by ability and each class will follow the branch that ensures students can access the work without barriers and then develop their mathematical skills to be stretched and challenged appropriately for them. Students will follow their branch dependant on set for the duration of Key Stage 3, this is reviewed when transitioning into Key Stage 4 and we decide on whether students are preparing for the higher or foundation level course.
Key Stage 4
In Key Stage 4 students follow either a foundation, foundation extension or higher branch. These follow on from bronze silver and gold. In the summer term of Year 10 we make the decision on which tier of entry students will be preparing for and the schemes of learning for the summer term of Year 10 are devised in order to make sure the transition for students studying higher content is as small as possible. We aim to of finished the teaching of the content of each branch by the spring term of Year 11. We then use the remaining time to revisit and revise topics and exam skills informed by assessments.
Throughout Key Stage 4 we increase exposure to GCSE style content and from the summer of Year 9 all students are assessed on full GCSE papers. In addition Year 11 complete a practice paper every week for homework, in addition to the independent work they are assigned on our online learning platforms. We also ensure that students have had further experience of multi topic and problem solving questions as well as targeted exam skills and practice embedded into their lessons.
Key Stage 5
For our A Level course a similar progressive approach is used to make the transition from GCSE. In Year 12 we set regular “skills check” homeworks to ensure the skills from GCSE are revisited allowing our contact time to focus in delivering the new content and extending the skills learned previously. We provide a range of resources in Alevel to support independent learning including online subscriptions and past/practice papers. Our students also participate in the AMSP problem solving club which is run online at a national level.
The table below represents the Maths subject content for 202021. This content has been significantly adjusted for 202122. Please check back in the near future for the updated version.
Year 
Autumn 
Spring 
Summer 

Year 7 
The 4 operations Time Money Factors, Multiples and Primes 
Algebra 1 Measure Introduction to Ratio 
Exploring Percentages Data and Statistics 1 Project Work 1 
Year 8 
Number Algebra 2 
Geometry 1 Proportional Reasoning Developing Percentages 
Geometry 2 Data and Statistics 2 Project work 2 
Year 9 
Number 3 Algebra 3 
Geometry 3 Proportional Reasoning 2 
Geometry 4 Data and Statistics 3 Problem Solving 
Year 10 GCSE 
Number 4 Algebra 4 Problem Solving 
Geometry 5 Proportional Reasoning 3 Problem Solving 
Data and Statistics 4 Problem Solving 
Year 11 GCSE 
Targeted Revision based on diagnostic assessments 
Exam Practice

 
Year 12 A Level Maths 
Advanced algebra 1 Coordinate geometry Data, correlation, probability Kinematics 1 
Calculus 1 Exponentials and logs Probability distributions and hypothesis testing 1 Forces and motion 1 
Trigonometry 1 Large data set Kinematics 2 
Year 12 A Level Further Maths 
Complex numbers 1 Matrices Further algebra 1 Further probability distributions 1 
Further algebra 2 Further coordinate geometry 1 Further calculus 1 Further Vectors Further probability distributions 1 
Limits Further probability distributions 2 
Year 13 A Level Maths 
Advanced algebra 2 Calculus 2 Trigonometry 2 Probability distributions and hypothesis testing 2 Forces and motion 2 
Advanced algebra 3 Calculus 3 Large data set Projectiles Kinematics 3 
3D vectors Exam practice 
Year 13 A Level Further Maths 
Complex numbers 2 Further algebra 3 Further coordinate geometry 2 Further calculus 2 Statistical testing 
Further calculus 3 Hyperbolic functions Probabilitygenerating functions 
Further calculus 4 
Independent Learning Resources
 The Knowledge
 Quizlet
 MathsWatch
 Maths Genie
 Integral Maths
 Kerboodle
ExtraCurricular Enrichment
 Visits to Oxford University  Gifted and Talented
 Mathanatics Club
 Saturday Maths  Year 11
 AMSP Problem Solving Club (KS5)