Maths
Head of Department (HoD): Mrs K Kallend
2nd in Charge (2ic): Mr D Ramchurit
Maths teachers: Ms L Sheridan, Mrs L Turner, Mrs T Duckworth, Mrs L Calin & Mrs J FishHalvorsen
Mathematics is a global language which has been developed over hundreds of years. It has been used to solve complex problems, provide logical reasoning and structure. Mathematics is essential to everyday life and is vital to other subjects including science, technology, computing, business and finance and engineering to name a few.
Literacy Intent Statement
We want our students to be confident in using disciplinary vocabulary in maths when explaining their reasoning and justifying their answers. In our lessons we use key words and phrases, so students can gain a better understanding of the maths curriculum. During problemsolving we teach model reading strategies to support students to read like mathematicians. We encourage the students to talk about their maths using the key vocabulary and during metacognitive reflection before they write.
At St Columba’s we want to raise confident mathematicians who are fluent, can reason mathematically and enjoy solving problems.
Key Stage 3
Year 7
Year 7  
Autumn Term 1 – Topics  Algebraic Thinking

Autumn Term 1 – Assessments 

Autumn Term 2 – Topics  Place Value and Proportion

Autumn Term 2 – Assessments 

Spring Term 1 – Topics  Applications of Number

Spring Term 1 – Assessments 

Spring Term 2 – Topics  Directed Number
Fractional Thinking

Spring Term 2 – Assessments 

Summer Term 1 – Topics  Lines and Angles

Summer Term 1 – Assessments 

Summer Term 2 – Topics  Reasoning with Number

Summer Term 2 – Assessments 

Year 8
Year 8  
Autumn Term 1 – Topics  Proportional Reasoning

Autumn Term 1 – Assessments 

Autumn Term 2 – Topics  Representations

Autumn Term 2 – Assessments 

Spring Term 1 – Topics  Algebraic techniques

Spring Term 1 – Assessments 

Spring Term 2 – Topics  Developing Number

Spring Term 2 – Assessments 

Summer Term 1 – Topics  Developing Geometry

Summer Term 1 – Assessments 

Summer Term 2 – Topics  Reasoning with Data

Summer Term 2 – Assessments 

Year 9
Year 9 – GCSE Foundation  
Autumn Term 1  Number 
Autumn Term 2  Algebra 
End of Autumn Term Test  
Spring Term 1  Graphs, tables and charts Fractions and percentages 
Spring Term 2  Equations, inequalities and sequences 
End of Spring Term Test  
Summer Term 1  Angles Averages and range 
Summer Term 2  Perimeter, area and volume 1 Revision 
End of Year Exam 
Year 9  GCSE Higher
Year 9 – GCSE Higher  
Autumn Term 1  Number 
Autumn Term 2  Algebra 
End of Autumn Term Test  
Spring Term 1  Interpreting and representing data Fractions, ratio and percentages 
Spring Term 2  Angles and trigonometry 
End of Spring Term Test  
Summer Term 1  Graphs 
Summer Term 2  Transformations and constructions 
End of Year Exam 
Key Stage 4
Year 10
Year 10 – GCSE Foundation  
Autumn Term 1  Graphs Transformations 
Autumn Term 2  Ratio and proportion 
End of Autumn Term Test  
Spring Term 1  Rightangled triangles 
Spring Term 2  Probability Multiplicative reasoning 
End of Spring Term Test  
Summer  Constructions. loci and bearings Quadratic equations and graphs Perimeter, area and volume 2 
Mock exams – 3 papers 
Year 10  GCSE Higher
Year 10 – GCSE Higher  
Autumn Term 1  Equations and inequalities Probability 
Autumn Term 2  Multiplicative reasoning 
End of Autumn Term Test  
Spring Term 1  Similarity and congruence More trigonometry 
Spring Term 2  Further statistics 
End of Spring Term Test  
Summer  Equations and graphs Circle theorems More algebra 
Mock exams – 3 papers 
Year 11
Year 11 – GCSE Foundation  
Autumn Term 1  Fractions, indices and standard form 
Autumn Term 2  Congruence, similarity and vectors More algenra 
Spring Term & Summer Term 
Revision 
External exams – 3 papers 
Year 11  GCSE Higher
Year 11 – GCSE Higher  
Autumn Term 1  Vectors and geometric proof 
Autumn Term 2  Proportion and graphs 
Spring Term & Summer Term 
Revision 
External exams – 3 papers 
NB: the above lists are not exhaustive. We aim to include investigational and enrichment tasks throughout the school year. We are also committed to supporting the school’s designation as a Financial Education Centre of Excellence and will include financial awareness topics where appropriate.