Ethos and Aims

The Maths department at LVC echoes the College ethos, “Everyone is a learner and every learner matters”.

  1. All students can experience success in Maths
    • We have a growth mindset.
    • Students have a right to access the full curriculum. We work to remove barriers, whether they be part of the profile of a student or external factors that limit access to educational opportunities.
    • All students must be taught and be given work at an appropriate level of challenge.
  2. All students can enjoy Maths, and appreciate Maths as an intellectual pursuit
    • Enjoyment of Maths is not reserved for high attaining students.
    • Maths does not have to be practical, applicable to real life or ‘useful’ to be found interesting and satisfying.
  3. Maths has a place in the future of all students
    • Maths empowers students to be successful in the way they manage their lives outside of education, in the ‘real-world’.
    • Exam results enable post-16 pathways for further study.
    • The study of Maths lays the groundwork for important, high-level careers.


Our curriculum at KS3

Students in years 7 and 8 are taught in mixed groups. All groups follow the same scheme of work and use the same core resources, which have been collaboratively developed by our experienced team of Maths specialists. Tasks in lessons are carefully designed to ensure all students have an appropriate level of challenge. Students, who may experience different levels of achievement, work on the same Maths concepts at the same time, albeit at different levels of complexity.

Year 7

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
1. Place Value and Significant Figures 1. Decimals 1. Properties of Shape
2. Basic Arithmetic 2. Percentages 2. Basic Angle Facts
3. Laws of Arithmetic 3. Ratio 3. Assessment 4
4. Powers, Roots and Order of Operations 4. Assessment 3 4. Time
5. Assessment 1 5. Coordinates 5. Pre-Algebra Part 2
6. Pre-Algebra Part 1 6. Shape Notation and Symmetry 6. End of Year Assessment
7. Negative Numbers
8. Fractions
9. Assessment 2

Year 8

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
1. Algebraic Notation 1. Circles 1. Sequences
2. Collecting Like Terms 2. Volume 2. Probability
3. Expanding Brackets 3. Assessment 2 3. Data
4. Factorising 4. Equations and Formulae 4. Assessment 4
5. Substitution 5. Assessment 3 5. Using a Calculator
6. Assessment 1 6. Sequences 6. End of Year Assessment
7. Angles
8. Area


Our curriculum in year 9

Students in year 9 spend the first term in mixed groups as they prepare for their year 9 exams and the transition to GCSE studies. Following the year 9 exams, students are placed in groups which will then study either the foundation tier or higher tier GCSE schemes of work. We agree the appropriate tier of study with students based on their achievement in Maths up to this point. Students who we believe are on track to achieve grades 1 to 5 generally study the foundation tier course. Students who are on track to achieve grades 6 to 9 study the higher tier course.

Year 9

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
1. Powers and Roots 1. Angles 1. Linear Graphs
2. Standard Form 2. Year 9 Exams 2. Assessment 4
3. Factors, Multiples and Primes 3. Bearings 3. Transformations
4. Assessment 1 4. Plans and Elevations 4. Solving Equations and Inequalities
5. Data 5. Constructions and Loci 5. Assessment 5
6. Assessment 2 6. Scatter Graphs 6. Rounding and Accuracy
7. Fractions 7. Assessment 3
8. Linear Graphs


Our curriculum at KS4

Students in years 10 and 11 are taught in higher or foundation tier groups. As much as possible, the schemes of work for both tiers are aligned so that transitions between higher and foundation are possible, when appropriate. Students will studying similar concepts at the same time, but to different levels of complexity. Some grouping decisions differ from year to year to accommodate the needs of a specific cohort.

Year 10

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
1. Rearranging Formulae 1. Quadratics 1. Year 10 Exams
2. Ratio and Proportion 2. Congruence, Pythagoras and Trigonometry 2. Forming and Solving Equations
3. Assessment 1 3. Direct and Inverse Proportion 3. Exact Values and Surds
4. Compound Measures 4. Assessment 3 4. Simultaneous Equations
5. Percentages 5. Probability and Sets 5. Consolidation and Review
6. Similarity
7. Assessment 2
8. Quadratics


Year 11

Foundation Tier

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
1. Compound Measures 1. Quadratic Graphs 1. Revision and Exam Preparation
2. Percentages 2. Cubic Graphs 2. GCSE Exams
3. Mock Exams 3. Vectors
4. Trigonometry and Similar Shapes 4. Factorising Quadratics
5. Mock Exams


Higher Tier

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
1. Surface Area and Volume of 3D Shapes 1. Further Simultaneous Equations 1. Composite and Inverse Functions
2. Trigonometry (non-right triangles) 2. Gradients of Curves and Areas Under Curves 2. Transformations of Functions
3. SUVAT Equations 3. Further Graphs 3. Revision and Exam Preparation
4. Mock Exams 4. 3D Trigonometry 4. GCSE Exams
5. Box Plots and Histograms 5. Vectors
6. Mock Exams


Home learning and feedback


Students in all year groups are set weekly tasks on MathsWatch, and all tasks are communicated to students and parents using Satchel:One (Show my homework).

MathsWatch is an excellent platform which offers a range of useful features, including:

  • support videos linked to all questions and tasks,
  • instant feedback on work completed,
  • summary of all tasks completed and access to all prior work,
  • access to instructional videos on the full range of topics at KS3 and KS4.

The Maths department provide weekly drop-in sessions at lunch in IT1 to support students with completing these online tasks. All students are invited to attend and students who do not complete the tasks independently by the deadline are required to attend.

Hegarty Maths

All students also have access to Hegarty Maths. Features include:

  • Instructional videos and quizzes for every Maths skill for both KS3 and KS4.
  • “MemRi” quizzes which help students to practice and recall skills learned in the past.
  • “Fix-up 5” quizzes which prompt students to improve on areas of difficulty from past quizzes.

Class Assessed Tasks

Approximately twice per 1/2 term, students will complete a Class Assessed Task (CAT). These are written tasks completed in class time. Students must work on their own but can look back on their notes. Teachers collect this work and provide formative feedback with specific guidance for individual students on how to improve. Look out for A6 size, purple sheets glued into students’ Maths books.

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