The Skipton Academy

Helping your child in Maths

Maths at KS3

The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
  • reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
  • can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.

Content In years 7, 8 and 9

All students follow the relevant schemes summarised in our curriculum route maps which identify the topic areas studied each term. We use the Collins text books as well as other resources. The Collins textbook can be accessed via Collinsconnect.


Each unit is assessed through a variety of homework and classwork tasks together with summative assessments at the end of each term. The assessments are completed under exam conditions and graded appropriately to identify whether students are on track or not. This information is reported to parents via the termly student tracker.

Helping your child in Maths at KS3

  • Ensure that your child has a scientific calculator which is brought to every mathematics lesson (a compass and protractor would also be useful).
  • Encourage your child to practise key skills regularly i.e. mental addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
  • Encourage your child to regularly use the website and research other websites to complete homework, revise topics already covered and to look ahead at topics which will be studied in the future.
  • Ensure homework is completed fully and enough time is spent on each task.
  • Ensure your child catches up with work missed from absences
  • Ensure your child has a good homework routine and somewhere to work.

Maths at KS4

GCSE Mathematics encourages students to develop confidence in, and a positive attitude towards, mathematics and to recognise the importance of mathematics in their own lives and to society.

This qualification prepares students to make informed decisions about the use of technology, the management of money, further learning opportunities and career choices.

We use the Edexcel GCSE in Mathematics A qualification which requires students to:

  • Develop knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts, including: – Number – Algebra – Geometry – Measures – Statistics – Probability
  • Use their knowledge and understanding to make connections between mathematical concepts
  • Apply the functional elements of mathematics in everyday and real-life situations.

Specification Edexcel 1MAO:

Overview of content

  1. Number
  2. Algebra
  3. Geometry
  4. Measures
  5. Statistics
  6. Probability

Assessment/ Exam Overview of assessment

Three written papers totalling 240 marks

Tiered papers (Foundation Tier grades 1 - 5 available / Higher Tier grades 4 - 9 available

  • 1 hour 30 minutes (Three Foundation papers)
  • 1 hour 30 minutes (Three Higher papers)
  • 80 marks on each paper

Paper 1 on each tier is a non-calculator paper.

Papers 2 and 3 on each tier are both calculator papers.

The functional elements of mathematics and problem solving skills with reasoning are assessed throughout each paper.

Helping your child in Maths at KS4


  • Ensure that your child has a scientific (with a fraction button) calculator which they bring to every Mathematics lesson (a protractor and a compass would also be useful).
  • Encourage pupils to complete all homework to a good standard.
  • Encourage them to attend revision workshops prior to examinations.
  • Encourage them to use these websites and Collinsconnect on a regular basis to review content which has been covered during lessons.
  • Look for opportunities to discuss with your child how you use Maths in everyday life.

The new GCSE syllabus contains functional questions which link Maths to the real world. Questions cover areas such as booking holidays, reading bus and train timetables, converting currency, decorating rooms, comparing the cost of different goods and services and calculating the monthly cost of gas and electricity.

Useful links

MyMaths – provides graded lessons and tasks to boost understanding

Corbett Maths – provides tutorials, worksheets and revision tasks for all topics in Maths

GCSE Bitesize – Provides revision resources and test activities for all Maths topics covered.

GCSE Mathematics – This site contains GCSE Mathematics revision worksheets for both higher and foundation topics.

Nrich – Thousands of our free Mathematics puzzles which teach students how to think and solve problems, which are essential skills for success at Maths. Each puzzle comes complete with a worked answer.

S‐Cool – www.s‐ S‐cool Revision is a FREE revision website.

Study Maths – GCSE Maths revision website with GCSE question bank and interactive worksheets.

Edexcel Maths – for further details about GCSEMaths

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