Mathematics 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 Year 7 we begin with a focus on securing the most fundamental aspects of mathematics in order to create a strong foundation for learning to be built upon over the coming years. Our maths curriculum consists of interleaving ladders and once these foundations have been secured in Key Stage 3 we begin to build on these to link new topics and concepts.
Key Stage 4
We aim to have finished teaching the content of each branch by the end of Year 10. We then use Year 11 to revisit topics, informed by assessments as needing extra intervention. In Key Stage 4 we increase exposure to GCSE content in both our lessons and independent tasks.
Key Stage 5
For our A Level course a similar progressive approach is used to make the transition from GCSE. Students then further develop their problem solving and reasoning skills to help them prepare for their A Level examinations which we offer in Maths and Further Maths.
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 
ExtraCurricular Enrichment

Visits to Oxford University  Gifted and Talented

Saturday Maths  Year 11
Independent Learning Resources

The Knowledge

Quizlet

MathsWatch
Useful Links