The Department Aims

  • To place all students at the centre of learning.
  • To set challenging targets with high expectations for all students and to encourage a sense of pride in their performance and behaviour, in keeping with the Priory Standard.
  • To deliver a variety of approaches to teaching and learning to engage and motivate students and demand their active participation.
  • To provide opportunities for the application of Mathematics to real life problems.
  • To provide an appreciation of the importance and relevance of Mathematics in the world of work.
  • To ensure progression in learning throughout their time at Penwortham Priory Academy and to encourage higher level studies in Mathematics.
  • To explore enrichment opportunities outside the curriculum to enhance student’s enjoyment of Mathematics.
  • To continually improve the standards of achievement in Mathematics at Penwortham Priory Academy.

Our expectations of students

  • To perform basic numeracy skills.
  • To understand the mathematics likely to be encountered in daily adult life.
  • To reason clearly and logically, and to set out a rational argument.
  • To approach problems systematically, choosing appropriate techniques for their solution.
  • To follow logical instructions clearly expressed.
  • To follow the school behaviour policy at all times, ensuring students make every lesson count.
  • Attend lessons prepared with the correct equipment, including a scientific calculator.
  • To complete all homework set to the highest possible standard.
  • To achieve their best possible results in all assessments.

Programme of Study

Students will embark upon a programme of study commensurate with prior learning and ability. The standard of work will challenge students to achieve their maximum potential throughout their learning journey, encouraging them to meet or exceed their target grade.

Assessments, in line with the 8300 AQA GCSE Mathematics syllabus (Grades 9-1) will be undertaken regularly following completion of a unit of study. These assessments then inform planning and intervention for every individual.

Year 7 topics

Autumn Term

  • Sequences and Patterns
  • Decimals, Negatives, Written Calculation Methods
  • Area and Perimeter, 3D shapes
  • Fractions
  • Averages and Probability
  • Expressions and Equations

Spring Term

  • Lines, Angles and Coordinates
  • Charts and Data Collection
  • Rounding, Order of operations and Written Calculation Methods
  • Powers, Functions and Graphs
  • Angles and Constructions
  • Percentages, Ratio and Proportion

Summer Term

  • Equations and Formulae
  • Symmetry and Transformations
  • Pie Charts, Comparing Data and Two-Way Tables
  • Decimal Calculations, Fractions and Percentages
  • Solving Equations
  • Polygons, Tessellations and 3D shapes

Year 8 topics

Autumn Term

  • Negative Numbers, Factors and Multiples, and Sequences
  • Angles, Triangles, Quadrilaterals
  • Theoretical and Experimental Probability
  • Fraction, Decimal and Percentage Calculations
  • Expressions, Brackets and Indices
  • Area, Volume and Units

Spring Term

  • Functions, Graphs and Real-Life Graphs
  • Powers of 10, Estimation, Decimal Calculations
  • Congruency and Transformations
  • Solving Equations and Substitution
  • Stem-and-Leaf Diagrams, Pie Charts and Scatter Graphs

Summer Term

  • Fraction and Decimal Calculations, Order of operations
  • Brackets, Solving Equations and Graphs
  • Problem Solving, Ratio and Proportion
  • Constructions, Bearings and Circles
  • Frequency Tables and Diagrams, Interpreting Data and Working with Statistics

Year 9 topics

Autumn Term

  • Fractions
  • Patterns and Sequences
  • Transformations
  • Integers
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Averages and Range
  • Angles in Polygons

Spring Term

  • Indices and Standard Form
  • Fractions, Decimals and Percentages
  • Similarity and Congruence
  • Constructions
  • Compound Measures
  • Forming and solving equations

Summer Term

  • Circles
  • Quadratics
  • Probability
  • Volume and Surface Area
  • Loci
  • Pythagoras’ Theorem and Trigonometry
  • Tree diagrams

In preparation for GCSE’s, focus on examination techniques will continue with students completing several practice papers in Years 10 and 11. The AQA 8300 scheme of work can be found by clicking the link: link

Students working at each level can expect to achieve the following grades:

  • Higher- Grades 9 to 4
  • Foundation- Grades 5 to 1

The examination will comprise three written papers, each 1 hour 30 minutes in duration, consisting of one non-calculator paper and two calculator papers. Students must use their knowledge of Mathematical techniques and apply these to increasingly demanding problems.