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Curriculum Overview

The STEM Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics - subjects play an important role in enabling young people to make a meaningful contribution to the global community.

At Yewlands Academy, we strive to cultivate the enjoyment and "numerosity" of all our students in Mathematics, leading to success and confidence in this core subject.

Innovation is the cornerstone of the department and we work with our students and staff to make learning relevant, exciting and motivating. The curriculum is made up of five strands: Mathematical Processes and Applications, Number, Algebra, Shape, Space and Measure, and Data Handling. Functional skills, problem solving and critical thinking strategies are interwoven into the Mathematics syllabus, developing the students' ability to think independently.

The Maths throughout Years 7 to 11 is influenced by the National Curriculum, and is differentiated to allow for the progression of all. Students' are continually monitored and setting is robust: groups are reviewed at key points throughout the year to secure maximum achievement.

Key Stage 3

In Year 7 students are set based on prior attainment at Key Stage 2 and they have 4 sixty minute lessons per week of discrete maths. Topics in Year 7 include number work, statistics, shape, space and measures and the introduction of algebra.
In Year 8 students are set further based on the progress they have made throughout Year 7 and have 5 lessons per week. Topics in Year 8 include problem solving, geometry, statistics and further development of algebra.

Key Stage 4

All students study GCSE Mathematics over a three-year period beginning in year 9. All students’ have been following the 9 – 1 specification, since 2016, using the Edexcel examination board. Students are entered for either the Higher Tier (grades 9 to 4) or Foundation (grades 1 to 5). A “good pass” under the new system is a grade 5.

The department is committed to our student's achievement and future; in order to help them reach their full potential, opportunities for further development of concepts is offered in the form of after school sessions to enhance the mathematical knowledge our students need for their future career pathways.

Students can access Past Papers and Mark Schemes for their exams on the school Moodle to help with their revision.

Basic Skills

The students at the Academy follow a Core Skills program as part of their maths lessons. This helps them to develop confidence, speed and accuracy in answering crucial topics which underpin the fundamentals of good progress in maths: brackets, decimals, percentages, ratio, fractions, solving and negatives. Assessments against these competencies are completed each half term.

Practise assessments are available on the Moodle for students to carry out at home.


Students compete in the UK Maths Challenge, which stimulates interest in maths and tests reasoning and mental agility. Gold, silver and bronze medals are awarded to top performers.

A programme of motivational maths careers events at the University/AMRC and other providers such as 'Awesome Odds!' help our students to see the opportunities a maths based qualification can provide.


Regular homework gives students the opportunity to practice the skills covered in class, and helps them work towards improving important skills. It also helps young people to become confident and independent in their learning, which will support them throughout both their time at school and in adult life.

Homework is set weekly and students complete work based around core skills appropriate to their level and target grade. Copies of the homework booklets can be found on the students’ class page on the Moodle.

Extended learning is an essential part of good education and students can access out of lesson support during a fully staffed Maths Clinic which runs every Wednesday evening from 14:55.