Maths

Welcome to the Walton High Maths Curriculum Page

Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that is essential to everyday life. It is critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. The study of mathematics provides a foundation for understanding the world and making a positive contribution to society.

At Walton High we want our students to be functionally numerate, to reason mathematically and to apply mathematical techniques to solve problems in a variety of contexts. Through exciting and challenging learning opportunities we hope to instil in our students an appreciation of the power and beauty of mathematics and a sense of curiosity and enjoyment about the subject.

Key Stage 3

At Walton High Key Stage 3 Mathematics is a two year programme which aims to provide students with numerical and basic algebraic fluency together with a foundation in solving problems in mathematical and non-mathematical contexts.

At the Walnut Tree campus we have two sets, each student follows either a ‘Core’ or ‘Higher’ pathway, depending upon which one will allow the best level of progress for that student. At the Brooklands campus students are taught in mixed ability sets.

The topics that is covered in Year 7 (Walnut Tree) and Year 8 (both campuses) are as follows:

Year 7 Maths

  • Using Number
  • Decimals
  • Working with Numbers
  • Fractions
  • Sequences
  • Algebra
  • Coordinates and Graphs
  • Equations
  • Percentages
  • Ratio
  • Probability
  • Area and Perimeter
  • Angles
  • Symmetry
  • 3D Shapes
  • Statistics and Interpreting Data

Year 8 Maths

  • Working with Numbers
  • Percentages
  • Sequences
  • Congruent Shapes
  • Rounding
  • Fractions and Decimals
  • Graphs
  • Proportion
  • Algebra – Equations and Formulae
  • Probability
  • Interpreting data
  • Geometry
  • 2D and 3D Shapes Including Surface Area and Volume
  • Circles
  • Comparing Data

Year 7’s at the Brooklands campus will be studying the Mathematics Mastery programme from September 2017. This programme has an engaging and accessible style of mathematics teaching, inspired by Singapore and Shanghai.

For further information about the transition from Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 3 mathematics, the essential knowledge that we expect students to have at this level and the changes in the new curriculum please see the presentation from the Year 7 information evening

Key Stage 4

At Walton High we follow a 3-year Key Stage 4 programme using AQA’s new Mathematics GCSE. Each student follows either a ‘Foundation’ or ‘Higher’ pathway, depending upon which one will allow the best level of progress for that student.

The content of the course is organised into broad topic areas, the weightings of which are set out in the table below.

Topic AreaFoundation Tier (%)Higher Tier (%)
Number2515
Algebra2030
Ratio2520
Geometry1520
Probability and Statistics1515

The topics that are covered in each year group are as follows:

Year 9Year 10Year 11
Basic NumberTransformationHigher Tier (%)
Factors and MultiplesStandard FormDirect and Inverse Proportion
AnglesIndices
Functions and Formulae
Algebra - EquationsSurds
Equations of Lines
Fractions, Percentages and DecimalsLimits
Sketching Graphs
RoundingSimilarity and Congruent ShapesCircle Theorem
Collecting and Representing DataQuadratic EquationsSolving Equations
SequencesRearranging FormulaeExact Solutions
Area and Perimeter
Area and Volume
Estimation and Approximations
Circles
Properties of Polygons
Inequalities
Ratio and ProportionTrigonometry
Vectors
ProbabilityAverages and Spread
Construction and Loci
Scatter GraphsStatistical Measures
Volume and Surface Area
Pythagoras’ TheoremProbability and Venn DiagramsGradient and Area Under Curve
Real Life GraphsSimultaneous Equations
Rates of Change
Transformation
Ratio and ProportionGrowth and Decay
Standard FormAlgebraic Proof

Key Stage 5

As well as A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics we also offer level 3 Core Mathematics and a comprehensive programme for our re-sit students who either want to pass their GCSE maths or want improve their grade.

In level 3 Core Mathematics students learn about real life uses of Mathematics. This will be done by exploring calculations involved in personal finance and how Statistics is used by companies to check the quality of goods sold.

Further information on level 3 Core Mathematics can be found on this website:

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/mathematics/aqa-certificate/mathematical-studies-1350