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Maths at St James's

Mathematics is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. As a school we deliver a curriculum that enables all to achieve at their own level, to develop their skills, fluency and ability to reason and problem solve. Thus leaving school with numeracy skills, ability to reason as well as assess risk and possibility to allow pupils to progress through life and their studies successfully. We enable the pupils to not only see the importance and relevance of mathematics that they may meet daily but also its wonders and complexities, challenges and depth.

Curriculum Features

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Maths Curriculum

Key Stage 3

Years 7 and 8 will be taught three lessons weekly and Year9 will be taught seven lessons over a fortnightly cycle. Homework is set in the form of either a written piece or an online homework. Pupils are expected to complete their homework thoroughly and on time. Pupils are also expected to have the necessary Maths specific equipment with them which is: a protractor, a pair of compasses and a scientific calculator for all lessons and exams as well as the basic school equipment. A variety of teaching resources are used in lessons with the aim of stimulating and engaging pupil learning in the subject these include; interactive resources and various software packages.

At the beginning of Year 7 all students are set according to their individual levels of attainment at Key Stage 2. The pupils are set in two halves of the year. The sets are reviewed regularly and set changes occur mid-way or at the end of the year after testing periods, and in between these times if deemed necessary. The pupils remain in two half year group sets until the end of year 8.

In year 9 the sets are changed and the pupils are set across the entire year group upon ability. 

Key Stage 4

All pupils follow Mathematics courses appropriate to their ability. At the end of Key Stage 4 (end of Year 11) assessment will be by GCSE external examination provided by the Edexcel exam board. A few pupils may be entered for an earlier exam opportunity if deemed necessary. A ‘Certificate of Achievement’ course can also be offered where a candidate’s work is not up to GCSE standard, with dual entry where appropriate.

The GCSE will follow the two tiers: foundation (grade G to C) and higher (grade D to A*). It will be entirely externally assessed and there will be no controlled assessment.




















The programmes of study place an emphasis on problem solving, functionality and mathematical thinking as well as full and reasoned answers with explicit workings out.

The content will include Using and Applying Mathematics, Number and Algebra, Shape, Space and Measures and Handling Data.

The assessment objectives will be:

  • Recall and use their knowledge of the prescribed content
  • Select and apply mathematical methods in a range of contexts
  • Interpret and analyse problems and generate strategies to solve them

 Final decisions on the appropriate tier of entry for each pupil will be taken in January of Year 11 based upon progress during the course and performance in the mock examinations.

Final assessment consists of two written examinations (50% each), one of which is a non-calculator paper.  It is therefore vital that pupils work to their potential throughout the two years to achieve success.


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