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
Factors Multiples and Primes
Algebra 1
Introduction to Ratio
Exploring Percentages  
Data and Statistics 1
Project Work 1
Year 8
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
Further algebra 1
Further probability distributions 1
Further algebra 2
Further coordinate geometry 1
Further calculus 1
Further Vectors
Further probability distributions 1
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
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
Probability-generating functions
Further calculus 4

Extra-Curricular Enrichment

  • Visits to Oxford University - Gifted and Talented
  • Saturday Maths - Year 11

Independent Learning Resources

  • The Knowledge
  • Quizlet
  • MathsWatch

Useful Links