Our curriculum is built over 5 years with topics taught being revisited in conjunction with new content, developing the problem-solving skills necessary for students to achieve highly. We have chosen Edexcel as our exam board for the GCSE qualification. This Grade 9 to 1 course is the most accessible to students while robustly testing them across all strands of Maths. At key stage 3 our department uses the White Rose scheme of work to support and challenge learners of all abilities.

In year 10 we have adapted the White Rose scheme of work to ensure the threads of the curriculum are clear for students. Year 11 finish the full curriculum then move to a model of topics taught based on performance in Mock exams.

Year 11 have access to weekly after school intervention focussing either on recently taught topics or GCSE paper practise; students can choose which as they arrive. This is well-attended and those that attend frequently significantly improve their chances of better GCSE outcomes. All LCA students have free online access to Dr Frost Maths.

- a website that has excellent resources, including videos and practise questions, for students to further develop their Mathematical abilities.

The two main factors that have an impact on Maths outcomes are behaviour during lessons and willingness to try. Students must develop resilience and understand that Maths is a set of building blocks to develop. Our department ensures that every student has access to high-quality teaching that is interesting to students.

It I important to state two thirds of the Maths GCSE requires the use of a calculator. As such, from year 7 we expect students to arrive with the style of calculator they will use in their exams so they benefit from understanding how it works. The calculator we recommend students buy is the Casio FX-83GTX. This usually costs around £10 to £12.

Course Delivered

  • GCSE Maths (EDEXCEL)


Term by Term Subject Content


Year 7 Units
  • Sequences

  • Understand and use algebraic notation

  • Equality and equivalence

  • Integers and decimals

  • Place value and ordering integers and decimals

  • Fraction, decimal and percentage equivalence

  • Solving problems with multiplication and division

  • Fractions and percentages of amounts

  • Operations / equations with directed number

  • Addition and subtraction of fractions

  • Construction, measuring and using geometric notation

  • Developing geometric reasoning

  • Sets and probability

  • Primes and proof

Year 8 Units
  • Ratio and scale

  • Multiplicative change

  • Multiply and divide fractions

  • Working in the Cartesian plane

  • Representing data

  • Tables & probability

  • Brackets, equations and inequalities

  • Sequences

  • Indices

  • Fractions and percentages

  • Standard index form

  • Number sense

  • Angles in parallel lines and polygons

  • Area of trapezia and circles

  • Symmetry and reflection

  • The data handling cycle

  • Measures of location

Year 9 Units
  • Straight line graphs

  • Forming and solving equations

  • Testing Conjectures

  • Three-dimensional shapes

  • Constructions and Congruency

  • Numbers

  • Using percentages

  • Maths and Money

  • Deduction

  • Rotation and Translation

  • Pythagoras

  • Enlargement and Similarity

  • Solving ratio and proportion problems

  • Rates

  • Probability

  • Algebraic representation

Year 10 Units
  • Non-calculator methods

  • Types of number and sequences

  • Indices and roots

  • Representing solutions to equations and inequalities

  • Simultaneous equations

  • Linear graphs (gradient and line geometry)

  • Non-linear graphs

  • Quadratic equations

  • Ratio and proportion

  • Angles and polygons

  • Trigonometry

  • Perimeter, area, surface area and volume

  • Probability

  • Statistics

Year 11 Units
  • Fractions, Indices and Standard Form
  • Congruence, Similarity and Vectors
  • Algebra




For further information on the curriculum offered please contact the Academy F.A.O James Steingold (Director of Maths)