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Subject Overview

The mathematics course is split into three key stages of study.


If your student is currently in Year 7, 8 or 9 then they are following the Key Stage Three (KS3) curriculum. Here at OBA we use the White Rose Maths scheme of learning.


Students in year 10 and 11 are in Key Stage Four (KS4). Our students follow the Just Maths scheme of learning. They complete the Edexcel examination either at foundation or higher tier. At both tiers, this is a set of three exams. Each are an hour and a half in length. The first examination is completed without the aid of a calculator, the second and third examinations require the use of a calculator.


Our Key Stage Five (KS5) offer is split into three pathways. The first is the A-level course of study. We follow the Edexcel scheme of Mathematics with mechanics and statistics. Students sit one set of exams at the end of Year 13.


Our resit students may be entered for Edexcel GCSE or for Edexcel Functional Skills Mathematics. On the GCSE scheme students can sit the set of three exams in November and June.  



In KS3 at OBA we follow the White Rose scheme of learning. The new curriculum is designed around mastery and places great emphasis on understanding mathematical concepts and linking different processes together to deepen understanding.  It also encourages pupils to develop problem solving skills which are built into all lessons. Within the curriculum there are sequenced steps, which must be mastered before moving on to the next stage. Concrete, pictorial, and abstract representations of Mathematics are chosen in the classroom to ensure fluency in learning. Progress is monitored and reviewed on a half-termly basis using topic tests and teacher assessments. 


Pupils in KS3 are set in ability groups from Year 7. The scheme has a higher pathway for our most able students, as well as additional support and guidance to ensure that all levels of ability can access the new content. Students will transition to KS4 fully equipped with the confidence to problem-solve and reason, ready to access the content and demand that the Edexcel GCSE (9-1) brings.


We provide a wide variety of extra-curricular activities to pupils in all year groups. These include our ambitious after-school Maths Club, the opportunity to compete in the prestigious UKMT challenge and participation in the Maths Olympics.


The following content is taught at KS3:


Year 7:  Sequences, Algebraic Notation, Equity and Equivalence, Place Value and Ordering, Fractions, Decimals and Percentages, Addition and Subtraction, Multiplication and Division, Fractions and Percentages of Amounts, Directed Number, Addition and Subtraction of Fractions, Geometry, Geometric Reasoning, Number Sense, Sets and Probability, Prime Numbers and Proof


Year 8: Ratio and Scale, Multiplicative Change, Multiplying and Dividing Fractions, Working in the Cartesian Plane, Representing Data, Tables and Probability, Brackets, Equations and Inequalities, Sequences, Indices, Standard Form, Number Sense, Angles in Parallel Lines and Polygons, Area of Trapezia and Circles, Line Symmetry and Reflection, Data Handling, Measures of Location


Year 9: Straight Line Graphs, Forming and Solving Equations, Testing Conjectures, 3D Shapes, Constructions and Congruence, Number, Using Percentages, Maths and Money, Deduction, Rotation and Translation, Pythagoras’ Theorem, Enlargement and Similarity, Ratio and Proportion, Rates, Probability, Algebraic Representation

To support their independent study, students can use MathsWatch where they have access to a series of videos, interactive questions and exam questions to support their learning. Login details have been provided by their classroom teachers.

Home Learning | White Rose Maths


At OBA, our KS4 Mathematics course spans two years and covers the following content headings:

  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Ratio, proportion and rates of change
  • Geometry and measure
  • Probability
  • Statistics

Students are taught mathematical skills and are encouraged to think flexibly in order to apply their knowledge to both familiar and unfamiliar contexts. Throughout the course we promote and develop reasoning skills to enable justification of mathematical ideas. All students follow the Edexcel specification and at the end of the two years sit their GCSE qualification. This will be graded on a nine-grade scale from 9 to 1, with 9 being the top grade. There are two tiers available: foundation (grades 1 – 5) and higher (grades 3 – 9). The qualification consists of three equally-weighted written examination papers. Paper 1 is a non-calculator assessment and a calculator is allowed for Paper 2 and Paper 3. Each paper is 1 hour and 30 minutes long and is made up of questions totalling 80 marks.


The majority of our students follow the Crossover Scheme in Year 10; this content appears on both the foundation and higher papers and allows class teachers to correctly determine tier of entry in Year 11.


Year 10 Term 1


Representing data

Prime factor decomposition

Ratio and proportion



Standard form

Expanding and factorising


Term 2

Solving equations



Scatter graphs

Straight line graphs

Compound measures




Term 3



Circles and sectors

Surface area and volume

Similar shapes



Year 11



Simultaneous equations

Direct and inverse proportion


For the remainder of Year 11, students follow a bespoke scheme written by their classroom teacher based on data analysis from their mock exams.


We also have the Higher scheme of learning that is designed to challenge our most able students and includes work on algebraic proof, iteration and advanced trigonometry. The Higher scheme builds a solid foundation for the work in the Pure Mathematics units at A level and prepares our students for future study.


Our students requiring support follow the Working Towards scheme which focuses on core number, shape and proportional reasoning skills, as well as including basic algebra, probability and statistics.


Throughout Key Stage 4, progress is closely monitored by frequent learning checks to confirm pupils’ consolidation of the most recently taught skills. In Year 10 broader pupil development is supported by bespoke half-termly assessments comprised from GCSE questions drawn from topics taught. In Year 11, where pupils have now covered most of their scheme of learning, pupil progress is assessed by past exam papers. Students in Year 10 complete weekly homework aimed at improving their retention of previously taught topics and in Year 11 complete a weekly past paper to prepare themselves for their upcoming GCSE qualification.



For more details on any of the KS4 schemes of learning, please contact Miss Toseland.

To support their independent study, students can use MathsWatch where they have access to a series of videos, interactive questions and exam questions to support their learning. Login details have been provided by their classroom teachers.



What will I study?

You will build on your GCSE studies and develop higher level skills in pure and applied (Mechanics and Statistics) maths. You will use ICT to investigate, model and solve problems in greater depth.

How will I be assessed?

All assessment is done by written exam at the end of the two year course. Paper 1 & 2 will cover pure mathematics, and paper 3 will combine both mechanics and statistics.

The Course

Mathematics is an exciting and dynamic subject split into three areas of study: pure mathematics, mechanics and statistics. It is one of the most valued subjects offered at A level as both universities and employers hold enhanced reasoning and problem solving skills in very high regard. A level mathematics fits well with any combination of subjects, particularly the sciences, business, economics, IT and computing, and offers wide progression opportunities to university or vocational careers.

Mechanics, favourited by most students, introduces budding engineers and physicists to the basic equations that govern the universe. We will learn how objects and projectiles move through space and time, and how that might change when these objects are acted upon by forces like friction or gravity. Quantum mechanics and general relativity are not complete theories of the universe, and we need new ideas! Start here if you think you might be able to help.

Statistics, used by mathematicians to get rich, is the study of data, probability and outcomes. Perhaps the single most important subject in the modern world as data has overtaken oil to become the most valuable resource on the planet. Students will be introduced to the basics of data representation, predicting outcomes based on probabilistic distributions and testing hypothesis. Want to master the stock market, work in finance or use social data to influence elections? This is where to start.

Pure mathematics, is the study of the raw, abstract, logical concepts that exist in mathematics. The study of pure mathematics does not look for real world application, but it is language of pure mathematics we use to solve real-world problems in business, computation, finance, science and technology to name by a few subjects. And, this is precisely why mathematics is of vital importance to the economic well-being of our society.


An A level in mathematics is highly regarded by the majority of employers and universities, precisely because of the demands it makes and the skills it develops. An A level in mathematics in itself can lead to salaries 10% higher than those of young people with otherwise similar backgrounds, by your mid-twenties… and it’s really cool!


Functional Skills Mathematics


Learners who achieve the Pearson Edexcel Functional Skills Qualification in Mathematics at Levels 1 and 2 can progress to:


  • further mandatory mathematical study, such as GCSE
  • the workplace
  • further vocational study.

Functional Skills qualifications provide reliable evidence of a learner’s achievements against demanding content that is relevant to the workplace. The qualifications assess learners’ underpinning subject knowledge and their ability to apply this knowledge to different contexts. They provide a foundation for progression to employment and further technical education, and they help learners to develop skills for everyday life.


Assessment structure


Number of marks

Percentage of qualification

Section A: Non-calculator

25 minutes



Section B: Calculator

1 hour 30 minutes



Content areas

Using numbers and the number system – whole numbers, fractions, decimals and percentages

Using common measures, shapes and space

Handling information and data


The assessments are available as paper-based and onscreen, on-demand assessment.


Section A and Section B are presented as separate question and answer booklets and must be taken in the same examination session.


Enrichment is run for all year groups in Maths as well as for students from local Primary schools. Year 11 are given 2 hours a week after school.


Online support from both the Mathswatch and Pixl websites. These offer students the opportunity to access online lessons and practice questions that are instantly assessed and fed back.

Pinpoint learning is an online tool that gives KS4 students detailed feedback of strengths and weaknesses. They are then directed to support both in lessons and at home to accelerate their progress.