At Hillcrest we have very high expectations of our students. Great emphasis is placed on hard work, achievement and high standards of behaviour.




Students follow an enriching, balanced curriculum at Key Stage 3, which is rooted in the National Curriculum for Maths. Our curriculum supports their transition from Key Stage 2 and increasingly develops the skills and techniques required for the GCSE examinations in Mathematics.

We promote high standards of numeracy and functional mathematics skills by equipping students with a strong command of their times-tables and number bonds, developing their love of mathematics through enriching activities and problem-solving.

We believe that our students will then have the skills to solve problems efficiently and effectively, something that GCSE examiners have noted as a common weakness in schools nationally. Students are expected to practice their ‘basic skills’ at their current working level for homework every week to ensure that nothing gets forgotten when other topics are being studied. Developing students’ abilities to solve problems is an integral part of our curriculum.

Year 7
Term 1Whole numbers and decimals (Place value, multiply/divide by 10, 100, 1000, negative numbers, mental/written addition and subtraction, calculator methods) Fractions, Decimals and Percentages (Fractions, add/subtract fractions, decimal & fractions, fraction of quantity, percentages, percentages of amount, FDP) Expressions and Formulae (Algebraic symbols, Expressions, collecting like terms, formulae)
Term 2Area, Perimeter and Volume (Length, units, converting metric units, perimeter, area) Whole number Calculations (Rounding, BIDMAS, mental/written methods of multiplication/division, calculator Factors, multiples, powers and roots (Factors, multiples, squares/roots, primes, divisibility, LCM/HCF)
Term 3Equations (Solving equations, unknowns on both sides, construct equations, Linear equations) Transformations and Symmetry (Reflection, rotation, translation, enlargement, tessellation)

Year 8
Term 1Angles and 2D shapes (Calculating angles, angles & parallel lines, angles in triangles & quadrilaterals, properties of triangles & quadrilateral & polygons) Graphs (Co-ordinates, plotting horizontal/vertical lines, plotting straight lines, equation of a straight line, real-life graphs, time series) Ratio and Proportion (Proportion, Direct proportion, Ratio, Dividing into a given ratio, percentage problems)
Term 2Statistics (Types of data and averages, Mean, frequency tables, Bar charts, Pie charts, Collecting data, questionaire, grouping data, comparing data) Decimal Calculation (Mental & written methods of multiplying and dividing decimals, calculator methods) 3D shapes (3D shapes, plans & elevations)
Term 3Probability (Probability scale, equally likely outcomes, mutually exclusive outcomes, experimental probability, comparing probabilities, Venn diagrams) Sequences (Sequences, sequence rules, sequence and algebra, finding a rule from a sequence, context) Construction and 3D shapes (Constructing bisectors, constructing triangles, loci, scale drawing)

Key Stage 4 Curriculum Mathematics

AQA GCSE Mathematics

Core Subject: Mathematics

Course Contact: Mrs R Kanona – Learning Manager

Exam Board Website:

Key stage 4 Curriculum Mathematics Overview

Our curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that students cover all aspects of the National Curriculum, building on the work that has begun in primary schools and looking forward to the successful use of mathematics in all GCSEs and beyond. They study Number, Algebra, Ratio and Proportion, Geometry, Measures, Probability and Statistics. Lessons are differentiated to enable all students to maximise their progress, focusing on skills that need additional work and moving forward in topics that are strengths.

Each year group studies topics in the same order with an initial focus on Numeracy. However, each group in mathematics focuses on a particular range of grades centred on the students’ current working levels. As they progress through years 7 and 8, they will work at increasing levels of difficulty whilst building on previous knowledge and understanding. We encourage cross-year group and inter-form discussion of homework as part of students’ learning skills for life through supporting each other beyond the subject classroom.

In year 7, catch-up students benefit from tailored programmes of learning to ensure they are prepared to meet the rigours of GCSE mathematics in future years.

Course Content

Mathematics is a core subject and must be taken by all students at the tier most appropriate to their ability and target. In the course, you will continue to study the four areas of Mathematics: number and algebra; geometry; statistics; and probability; and using/applying these techniques.

You will need your own scientific calculator to use throughout the course. It is important that you know how it works and when you should be using it. In the examinations, you are not allowed to ask for help with this, so it’s important you have plenty of practice beforehand.

For students wishing to take GCE (‘A’ level) Mathematics, achieving at least a high grade 7 on the higher tier is essential, since only those students who achieved at this level are likely to succeed at this subject at ‘A’ level (‘A’ level students will need to be algebraically fluent and confident with trigonometry as well as transforming graphs, for example.)

Assessment Details

Assessment is by three written equally weighted examinations. Paper 1 is non-calculator. Papers 2 and 3 are with a calculator.

These papers are each out of 80.

The marks are added together to decide your overall grade. At foundation tier, grades 1 – 5 may be awarded. At higher tier, 9- 4 are available. Students will be expected to take their GCSE in the summer of year 11.

Why Study This Course?

Mathematics is useful for many careers and it is a requirement of almost all further and higher education courses, which require a pass at Grade 5 or above. People enjoy the interest, challenge and clarity of Mathematics, and the fact that they know when they are right. Finding a solution to a problem can be exciting and satisfying.

Those who qualify in Mathematics are in the fortunate position of having a wide range of career choices. This Mathematics course will vastly improve the students’ abilities and confidence in thinking logically; formulating and solving problems; making deductions from qualified assumptions and using more advanced mathematical concepts to achieve goals.