All students at South Craven are encouraged to reach their potential whilst meeting a wide variety of mathematical concepts. Students are taught in sets and teaching and learning styles vary according to the topic being taught. All students are actively encouraged to engage and participate fully in lessons.

The curriculum builds on knowledge from primary school with concepts taught in depth and skills are interleaved into other topic areas to promote mastery and understanding. Students are tested formally at various stages of the year in order to monitor progress.

Throughout their mathematical journey at South Craven, students are encouraged to Think, Investigate and Appreciate. That is, to think deeply about the content being delivered, investigate the maths they are discovering (including developing their problem-solving skills) and to appreciate their mathematics (where the maths is used in real life, how/who discovered it and potential future careers).

Students are guided to take responsibility for their learning by identifying their own strengths and weaknesses so that revision can be focussed where necessary – a vital skill for higher learning and beyond.

What will I study?

Year 7

  • Number work and calculations
  • Working with angles and 2D shapes
  • Algebra
  • Probability

Year 8

  • Proportion, proportional change and ratio
  • Cartesian Geometry
  • Representing, summarising and comparing data
  • Algebraic manipulation and solving skills
  • Number skills
  • Working with angles and 2D shapes (circles and trapezia)

Year 9

  • Developing perimeter, area, and volume skills with algebraic lengths and terms
  • Exploring further algebraic manipulation
  • Straight line graphs
  • Developing rules of fractions with probability trees
  • Improving ratio and percentage skills
  • Pythagoras
  • Constructions
  • Transformations
  • Compound measures

Year 10

  • Congruence & Similarity
  • Using trigonometry in 2D and 3D to solve problems and investigate exact angles
  • Quadratics and investigate quadratic sequences and quadratic inequalities
  • Simultaneous equations
  • Vectors
  • Linear graphs
  • Collecting, representing and interpreting data
  • Further number work including indices, roots and repeated percentage change
  • Circle theorems

Year 11

  • Gradients & Lines
  • Non-linear graphs
  • Further algebra work, including functions and finding numerical solutions using iteration
  • Graph transformations
  • Find and interpret gradients of non-linear graphs
  • Find and interpret areas under graphs

How will I be assessed?

GCSE Exam Board: Edexcel

All students complete three papers in the Summer of Year 11:

  • Paper 1: Non-Calculator
  • Papers 2 & 3: Calculator
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

At the end of year 9 and throughout years 10 and 11 students will complete past paper mock assessments to enable teachers to monitor progress, address weaknesses, and determine a tier of entry (Higher or Foundation) best suited to each individual student.

What else can I get involved in?

Puzzle Club

  • Year 7 and 8 students
  • Tuesday lunchtime
  • B10
  • Teacher in charge: Mrs Barnes & Miss Dodd

Chess Club

  • All year groups
  • Wednesday Lunchtime
  • F3
  • Teacher in charge: Mr Wood

Zeta Club

  • All year groups
  • Thursday lunchtime
  • B8
  • Teacher in charge: Mr Roxas

Maths Clinic (Extra Help Drop-In)

  • All year groups
  • Thursday lunchtime
  • B11
  • Teacher in charge: Miss Crimes

Statistics Qualification

  • A separate GCSE is offered as an option in Year 10

Further Maths Certificate

  • A separate certificate in Level 2 Further Maths may be offered to students in Year 11

UKMT Maths Challenge

  • Quizzes and competitions throughout each year group!

What career could I have with a qualification in Maths?

Courses you could study at university include:

  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Maths
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Physics

Careers which require a Maths qualification include:

  • Acoustic Consultant
  • Actuarial Analyst
  • Actuary
  • Astronomer
  • Chartered Accountant
  • Chartered Certified Accountant
  • Data Analyst
  • Data Scientist
  • Investment Analyst
  • Research Scientist
  • Software Engineer
  • Sound Engineer
  • Statistician