The Mathematics Department at St Thomas More aims to promote the appreciation and enjoyment of mathematics for all students. Staff are enthusiastic about their subject and aim to show, where possible, the applications of mathematics in everyday life.
The staff in the mathematics department support all students regardless of their ability in the subject. We recognise that to some, mathematics does not come easily, and additional support is available for those who find the subject difficult. Throughout the five years at St Thomas More, students study a wide variety of mathematical topics ranging from Number to Statistics and learn how the different topics in mathematics link to each other.
In Years 7 and 8, there are three pathways that students follow (Pi – Support, Theta – Core and Delta – Extension) and in Years 911 there are two pathways (Higher and Foundation.
Key Stage 3
The aim at key stage 3 is to build on and reinforce the skills learnt in Key Stage 2. Students study a broad range of topics. Our Key stage 3 curriculum places a high importance on building confidence in reasoning and problem solving.
Students study one of three pathways as summarised below:

Year 7 
Year 8 
Highest Attaining students: Delta 1 
Highest Attaining Students: Delta 2 

Term 1 
Unit 1 – Analysing and Displaying Data 
Unit 1 – Factors and Powers 
Unit 2 – Number Skills 
Unit 2 – Working with powers 

Unit 3 – Equations, Functions and formulae 
Unit 3 – 2D shapes and 3D solids 

Unit 4 – Fractions 
Unit 4 – Reallife graphs 

Term 2 
Unit 5 – Angles and shapes 
Unit 5 – Transformations 
Unit 6 – Decimals 
Unit 6 – Fractions, decimals and percentages 

Unit 7 – Equations 
Unit 7 – Constructions and loci 

Term 3 
Unit 8 – Multiplicative Reasoning 
Unit 8 – Probability 
Unit 9 – Perimeter, Area and Volume 
Unit 9 – Scale drawings and measurements 

Unit 10 – Sequences and Graphs 
Unit 10  Graphs 

Year 7 
Year 8 
Middle Attaining students: Theta 1 
Middle Attaining Students: Theta 2 

Term 1 
Unit 1 – Analysing and Displaying Data 
Unit 1 – Number 
Unit 2 – Number Skills 
Unit 2 – Area and Volume 

Unit 3 – Expressions, Functions and formulae 
Unit 3 – Statistics, graphs and charts 

Unit 4 – Decimals and measures 
Unit 4 – Expressions and equations 

Term 2 
Unit 5 – Fractions 
Unit 5 – Reallife Graphs 
Unit 6 – Probability 
Unit 6 – Decimals and ratio 

Unit 7 – Ratio and Proportion 
Unit 7 – Lines and Angles 

Term 3 
Unit 8 – Lines and Angles 
Unit 8 – Calculating with fractions 
Unit 9 – Sequences and Graphs 
Unit 9 – Straight Line graphs 

Unit 10 – Transformations 
Unit 10 – Percentages, decimals and fractions 

Year 7 
Year 8 
Lowest Attaining students: Pi 1 
Lowest Attaining Students: Pi 2 

Term 1 
Unit 1 – Analysing and Displaying Data 
Unit 1 – Number properties and calculations 
Unit 2 – Calculating 
Unit 2 – Shapes and measures in 3D 

Unit 3 – Expressions, Functions and formulae 
Unit 3 – Statistics 

Unit 4 – Graphs 
Unit 4 – Expressions and equations 

Term 2 
Unit 5 – Factors and multiples 
Unit 5 – Decimals calculations 
Unit 6 – Decimals and measures 
Unit 6 – Angles 

Unit 7 – Angles and Lines 
Unit 7 – Number properties 

Term 3 
Unit 8 – Measuring and shapes 
Unit 8 – Sequences 
Unit 9 – Fractions, decimals and percentages 
Unit 9 – Fractions and percentages 

Unit 10 – Transformations 
Unit 10 – Probability 
Independent Study
Students receive between 30 and 45 minutes of homework each week, with an emphasis on repetition of basic skills each fortnight, and a mixed homework on what they have been covering in lessons in the alternate fortnight. Support is always on hand if students are struggling. Students are encouraged to use Hegarty Maths to revise concepts and complete quizzes to test their understanding.
Key Stage 4
The GCSE course starts in Year 9 and students will follow the Edexcel GCSE mathematics course which consists of two tiers. The Foundation tier offers grades 15 and the Higher tier grades 49. It is possible to obtain a grade 3 on the Higher tier but this is only given in exceptional circumstances.
The new numerical grades are approximately related to the old letter grades as shown below. A grade 4 is referred to as a “standard pass” where students are not required to continue studying Maths post 16. The government has referred to a Grade 5 as a “Strong Pass” which will open more doors to students in the future.
The syllabus follows five branches of mathematics which are given in the table below with their weightings.

Foundation Tier 
Higher Tier 
Number 
25% 
15% 
Algebra 
20% 
30% 
Ratio, proportion and rates of change 
25% 
20% 
Geometry and measures 
15% 
20% 
Probability 
15% 
15% 
In Foundation students cover the following content through years 910:
Title 
Estimated hours 

Integers and place value 
4 

Decimals 
3 

Indices, powers and roots 
5 

Factors, multiples and primes 
4 

Algebra: the basics 
6 

Expressions and substitution into formulae 
5 

Tables, charts and graphs 
11 

Pie charts 
3 

Scatter graphs 
4 

Fractions, decimals and percentages 
7 

Percentages 
6 

Equations and inequalities 
9 

Sequences 
5 

Properties of shapes, parallel lines and angle facts 
7 

Interior and exterior angles of polygons 
4 


Statistics, sampling and the averages 
7 


Perimeter, area and volume 
10 

Reallife graphs 
8 

Straightline graphs 
6 


Transformations 
11 

Ratio 
4 

Proportion 
5 


Rightangled triangles: Pythagoras and trigonometry 
5 


Probability 
12 


Multiplicative reasoning 
7 

Plans and elevations 
5 

Constructions, loci and bearings 
7 

Quadratic equations: expanding and factorising 
5 

Quadratic equations: graphs 
4 


Circles, cylinders, cones and spheres 
6 

Fractions and reciprocals 
5 

Indices and standard form 
5 

Similarity and congruence in 2D 
7 

Vectors 
7 


Rearranging equations, graphs of cubic and reciprocal functions and simultaneous equations 
5 
In Higher students cover the following content in years 910:
Title 
Estimated hours 

Calculations, checking and rounding 
4 

Indices, roots, reciprocals and hierarchy of operations 
4 

Factors, multiples, primes, standard form and surds 
7 

Algebra: the basics, setting up, rearranging and solving equations 
10 

Sequences 
4 

Averages and range 
4 

Representing and interpreting data and scatter graphs 
5 

Fractions and percentages 
12 

Ratio and proportion 
6 

Polygons, angles and parallel lines 
6 

Pythagoras’ Theorem and trigonometry 
6 

Graphs: the basics and reallife graphs 
6 

Linear graphs and coordinate geometry 
8 

Quadratic, cubic and other graphs 
6 

Perimeter, area and circles 
5 

3D forms and volume, cylinders, cones and spheres 
7 

Accuracy and bounds 
5 

Transformations 
6 

Constructions, loci and bearings 
7 

Solving quadratic and simultaneous equations 
7 

Inequalities 
6 


Probability 
8 


Multiplicative reasoning 
8 


Similarity and congruence in 2D and 3D 
6 

Graphs of trigonometric functions 
6 

Further trigonometry 
9 

Collecting data 
4 

Cumulative frequency, box plots and histograms 
6 


Quadratics, expanding more than two brackets, sketching graphs, graphs of circles, cubes and quadratics 
7 

Circle theorems 
5 

Circle geometry 
5 


Changing the subject of formulae (more complex), algebraic fractions, solving equations arising from algebraic fractions, rationalising surds, proof 
7 


Vectors and geometric proof 
9 

Reciprocal and exponential graphs; Gradient and area under graphs 
7 

Direct and inverse proportion 
7 
Year 11
Teachers complete a Question Level Analysis grid and teach by diagnosing topics that have caused problems in the mock exam. This tailors teaching to the needs of the students and ensures students are learning content appropriate to their ability.
Independent Study
Students receive one hour of independent study each week, with homework being mixed and focusing on a range of topics that students have covered in the academic year. Support is always on hand if students are struggling. Students are encouraged to use Hegarty Maths to revise concepts and complete quizzes to test their understanding.