Mathematics
Our Maths faculty have an inspiring vision which drives all they do: ‘Teaching students Mathematics skills for life’.
They are a large and highly skilled faculty of staff who genuinely love maths, and who convey their love of the subject to all the students they teach. Comprising thirteen staff with many years’ experience, the maths team focuses relentlessly on enabling students to understand the kind of maths which they will use for the rest of their lives, and ensuring that students’ confidence with numeracy is at the forefront of every lesson. All students study maths at both KS3 and KS4, along with a significant number choosing to carry on with the subject at post16. So students are fully prepared for GCSE, elements of the GCSE curriculum are covered in Years 8 to 10; Year 11 involves students revising and consolidating this knowledge. The faculty are also actively involved in our Year 6 Transition Week, meaning that students’ primary school maths skills never dip.
In their maths lessons, students are encouraged to solve problems for themselves, and to become learners who can draw on all their knowledge of numbers and mathematical processes to understand why they get the answers they do. They focus on applying maths to real life scenarios across a wide range of topics, and are always stretched to increase their knowledge by being given challenging next steps.
The faculty prides itself on being organised, dedicated and hardworking, and teaching lessons which make students think at all times. Consequently, the results achieved by the Maths faculty are impressive, and mean that students leave Ridgewood equipped with the mathematical skills and knowledge they require for the next step in their education or career. As well as success in examinations, the faculty consider it essential that students enjoy maths beyond the classroom and annually enter students for the UK Maths Challenge, aiming to win a bronze, silver or gold certificate for their mathematical skills.
For more information about A level Maths and Further Maths, please visit our Sixth Form course pages.
Year 7
Year 7 Topics and Assessment
 Algebra (algebraic notation and forming expressions, simplifying algebra, substitution, expanding and factorising, forming and solving equations, forming and solving equations including inequalities, sequences)
 Number (fractions, fractions of an amount, arithmetic with fractions, number theory, percentages, ratio, written calculations, rounding and approximation)
 Geometry (angles, angles in parallel line and constructions, volume, Pythagoras’ theorem)
 Data handling (charts and averages)
Students will be assessed in Weeks 6, 18 and 30 of the school year, as well as completing independent learning assignments.
Useful websites
 www.mrbartonmaths.com/gcsetakeaway
 www.corbettmaths.com
 www.mrcartermaths.com (Username and password available from your child’s maths teacher)
To further support your child in Maths, you can remind him/her of the importance of having the correct equipment: pen, pencil, 30cm ruler, protractor, compass and a scientific calculator if possible. It would also be beneficial to students if they were encouraged to complete homework to a high standard using either revision guides or the websites above to support them.
Year 8
Year 8 Topics and Assessment
Foundation Tier 
Higher Tier 
Integers and place value 
Calculations, checking and rounding 
Decimals 
Indices, roots, reciprocals and hierarchy of operations 
Indices, powers and roots 
Factors, multiples, primes, standard form and surds 
Factors, multiples and primes 
Algebra: the basics, setting up, rearranging and solving equations 
Algebra: the basics 
Sequences 
Expressions and substitution into formulae 
Averages and range 
Tables, charts and graphs 
Representing and interpreting data and scatter graphs 
Pie charts 
Fractions and percentages 
Scatter graphs 
Ratio and proportion 
Fractions, decimals and percentages 
Polygons, angles and parallel lines 
Percentages 
Pythagoras’ Theorem and trigonometry 
Equations and inequalities 

Sequences 

Properties of shapes, parallel lines and angle facts 

Interior and exterior angles of polygons 

Students will be assessed in Weeks 7, 19 and 31 of the school year.
Useful websites
 www.mrbartonmaths.com/gcsetakeaway
 www.corbettmaths.com
 www.mrcartermaths.com (Username and password available from your child’s maths teacher)
To further support your child in Maths, you can remind him/her of the importance of having the correct equipment: pen, pencil, 30cm ruler, protractor, compass and a scientific calculator if possible. It would also be beneficial to students if they were encouraged to complete homework to a high standard using either revision guides or the websites above to support them.
Year 9
Year 9 Topics and Assessment
Foundation Tier 
Higher Tier 
Integers and place value 
Calculations, checking and rounding 
Decimals 
Indices, roots, reciprocals and hierarchy of operations 
Indices, powers and roots 
Factors, multiples, primes, standard form and surds 
Factors, multiples and primes 
Algebra: the basics, setting up, rearranging and solving equations 
Algebra: the basics 
Sequences 
Expressions and substitution into formulae 
Averages and range 
Tables, charts and graphs 
Representing and interpreting data and scatter graphs 
Pie charts 
Fractions and percentages 
Scatter graphs 
Ratio and proportion 
Fractions, decimals and percentages 
Polygons, angles and parallel lines 
Percentages 
Pythagoras’ Theorem and trigonometry 
Equations and inequalities 
Graphs: the basics and reallife graphs 
Properties of shapes, parallel lines and angle facts 
Linear graphs and coordinate geometry 
Interior and exterior angles of polygons 
Quadratic, cubic and other graphs 
Statistics, sampling and the averages 
Perimeter, area and circles 
Rightangled triangles: Pythagoras and trigonometry 
3D forms and volume, cylinders, cones and spheres 
Reallife graphs 

Straightline graphs 

Students will be assessed in Weeks 8, 20 and 32 of the school year.
Useful websites
 www.mrbartonmaths.com/gcsetakeaway
 www.corbettmaths.com
 www.mrcartermaths.com (Username and password available from your child’s maths teacher)
To further support your child in Maths, you can remind him/her of the importance of having the correct equipment: pen, pencil, 30cm ruler, protractor, compass and a scientific calculator if possible. It would also be beneficial to students if they were encouraged to complete homework to a high standard using either revision guides or the websites above to support them.
KS4
At GCSE, students follow the Edexcel Mathematics GCSE specification for Higher tier and OCR Mathematics GCSE specification for Foundation tier.
The KS4 maths curriculum builds on the skills learnt at KS3. Year 10 and 11 follow a scheme of learning which introduces new topics based on the tier of exam the students are sitting (Foundation or Higher) while practising and furthering the key skills taught at KS3.
Exam revision guides and workbooks are available in the School Shop.
The Higher Edexcel Mathematics paper (94) is assessed with 100% examination at the end of Year 11:
Paper 1 – 90 mins – Non Calculator
Paper 2 – 90 mins – Calculator
Paper 3 – 90 mins – Calculator
The Foundation OCR Mathematics paper (51) is assessed with 100% examination at the end of Year 11:
Paper 1 – 90 mins – Calculator
Paper 2 – 90 mins – Non Calculator
Paper 3 – 90 mins – Calculator
 The full specification for Higher tier can be found at:
The full specification for Foundation tier can be found at:
https://www.ocr.org.uk/Images/168982specificationgcsemathematics.pdf
Please use the 'Contact Us' facility on this website if you would like any further information about the Mathematics scheme of learning.
Year 10 Topics and Assessment
Foundation Tier 
Higher Tier 
Perimeter, area and volume 
Accuracy and bounds 
Transformations 
Transformations 
Ratio 
Constructions, loci and bearings 
Proportion 
Solving quadratic and simultaneous equations 
Probability 
Inequalities 
Multiplicative reasoning – Compound Units 
Probability 
Multiplicative reasoning – extended percentage and proportion 
Multiplicative reasoning 
Plans and elevations 
Similarity and congruence in 2D and 3D 
Constructions, loci and bearings 
Graphs of trigonometric functions 
Probability 
Further trigonometry 
Multiplicative reasoning – compound units 
Collecting data 
Multiplicative reasoning – extended percentage and proportion 
Cumulative frequency, box plots and histograms 
Plans and elevations 
Quadratics, expanding more than two brackets, sketching graphs, graphs of circles, cubes and quadratics 
Constructions, loci and bearings 
Circle theorems 
Quadratic equations: expanding and factorising 
Circle geometry 
Quadratic equations: graphs 
Changing the subject of formulae (more complex), algebraic fractions, solving equations arising from algebraic fractions, rationalising surds, proof 
Circles, cylinders, cones and spheres 
Vectors and geometric proof 
Fractions and reciprocals 
Reciprocal and exponential graphs; Gradient and area under graphs 
Indices and standard form 
Direct and inverse proportion 
Similarity and congruence in 2D 

Vectors 

Rearranging equations, graphs of cubic and reciprocal functions and simultaneous equations 

Students will be assessed in Weeks 8, 20 and 36/37 of the school year.
Year 11 Topics and Assessment
Throughout Year 11, student will recap and revise the topics detailed above, with the curriculum bespoke to the needs of each class. Students will prepare rigorously for their GCSE examinations which take place in the summer term.
Home learning details and how parents can support their children:
 Ensure all students have pen, pencil, ruler, protractor, compass and scientific calculator.
 Ensure students complete weekly homework
 Encourage students to do revision at home. Workbooks with accompanying revision guides are available at the school shop.
 During KS4 students are preparing for their GCSE at the end of Year 11 so it would be very beneficial to their mathematical studies if parents encouraged students to revise using past papers, previous assessments and other questions for about 20 minutes, five times per week.
Useful web links:
Students can access exam questions and practice on specific topics at the following websites:
 Mr Barton Maths GCSE Takeaway
 Corbett Maths 5 A Day
 Maths Genie Predicted papers (Not official papers but great for practice)
 Mr Carter Maths (Username and password available from your child’s maths teacher)
These websites usually provide worked solutions. Students are encouraged to mark their work at home and then bring it in to school to ask their teacher for support on anything they have found challenging.
The CGP Head Start to A Level Maths textbook is currently available for free on Kindle. This might be useful for students looking to study A level Maths. If students find any topics challenging, they should work through questions on the topic using Corbett Maths or Maths Genie (links above).