St Thomas More Catholic High School


In the Mathematics Department we aim to:-


  • Help pupils appreciate the power, purpose and relevance of Mathematics.
  • Develop confidence in pupils ability to do mathematics at an appropriate level.
  • Promote a fascination with and enjoyment of mathematical activities.
  • Allow pupils to gain satisfaction from a sense of achievement.
  • Promote interest and motivation


The setting structure gives every pupil the chance to succeed at his or her own level, but we must ensure that our structure remains flexible and facilitates the movement of pupils to sets most suitable to their changing needs. This demands that our assessment procedure is ongoing and thorough and that we know our pupils.


Key Stage 3
Similar topics are studied throughout Key Stage 3.  Each year, the topics studied   become more  complex and  demanding.


Year 7
 Sequences and rules; finding missing terms; functions and mappings; letter symbols to represent functions; nth term; ordering decimals; negative numbers; estimates; column  method for addition and subtraction; length, perimeter and   area of rectangles; 3D shapes; surface area of cubes and cuboids; fractions and decimals; adding and subtracting fractions;  equivalences; solving problems; mode, median and range; the mean; statistical diagrams; probability; experimental probability; algebraic terms and expressions; rules of algebra; simplifying expressions; formulae, equations; lines and angles; calculating angles; co-ordinates; using a tally chart; using the correct data; grouped frequency; data collection; rounding; the four operations; BODMAS; long multiplication and long division; efficient  calculations; calculating with measures; solving problems; square numbers and square roots; triangle numbers; from mapping to graphs; naming graphs; naming sloping lines; measuring and drawing  angles; constructions; solving geometrical problems; percentages; calculating ratio and proportion; solving problems; solving square and circle problems; triangle and circle problems; line symmetry; rotational symmetry; reflections; rotations; translations; pie charts; comparing data; statistical surveys; probabilities from two way tables; adding and subtracting decimals;  multiplying and dividing decimals; using a calculator; percentages of quantities; solving problems; solving equations; formulae; dotty investigations; graphs from the real world; polygons; tessellations; constructing 3D shapes


Year 8
Multiplying and dividing negative numbers; highest common factor and lowest common multiple;  powers and roots; prime factors; sequences; alternate and corresponding angles; angles in triangles and quadrilaterals; geometric proof; geometric properties of quadrilaterals; constructions; probability and probability scales; mutually exclusive events; calculating probabilities; experimental probability; fractions and decimals; adding and subtracting fractions; multiplying and dividing fractions; percentages; percentage increase and decrease; real life problems; algebraic short hand; like terms; expanding brackets; using algebra with shapes; use of index notation with algebra; area of a triangle, parallelogram and trapezium; volume of a cuboid; imperial units; linear functions;   finding a function from its inputs and outputs; graphs from functions; gradient of a straight line (steepness); real life graphs; powers of ten; large numbers; estimations; adding and subtracting decimals; efficient calculations; multiplying and dividing decimals; congruent shapes; combinations of transformations; enlargements; shape and ratio; solving equations; equations involving negative numbers; equations with unknowns on both sides; substituting into expressions and formulae; creating your own expressions and formulae; stem and leaf diagrams; pie charts; scatter graphs; adding and subtracting fractions; order of operations; multiplying decimals; dividing decimals; expanding and simplifying; solving equations; constructing equations to solve; problems with graphs; real life graphs; changing the subject of a formula; number and measures; using algebra, graphs and diagrams to solve problems; logic and proof; proportion; ratio; plans and elevations; scale drawings; finding the mid point of a line segment; constructing a triangle given three sides; circumference and area of a circle; bearings; frequency tables; assumed mean and working with statistics; drawing frequency diagrams; comparing data; which average to use?; experimental and theoretical probability.          


Key Stage 4 (GCSE)
At Key Stage 4, all pupils follow the Edexcel GCSE course:  
We follow the linear course (1MA1) and pupils are entered at the end of Year 11.  
There are 3 written papers - the first is non-calculator; the second and third allow the use of a calculator. There is no course work.
On occasion, when a pupil really struggles with the content of the GCSE course, we enter them for the Number and Measure Award which is based on basic number problems. This is also Edexcel.


Revision Tips
Buy a Maths Watch CD.
Revisit Unit topic tests.
Complete all past papers to the best of your ability.


Online Revision sources:
GCSE Bitesize
Corbett Maths
My Maths


You can contact Mrs Simmons by e-mail here.