Head of Faculty: Mrs C V Frodsham

Throughout their time at Kirkby High School students are taught Mathematics in ability groups. Teaching focuses developing the key skills of numeracy in a variety of contexts.

In Key Stage 3 (Year 7-9) students have 4 hours per week and home learning tasks are set on a weekly basis. Home learning tasks will consist of either paper homework or mathswatch homework set electronically.

Assessments are completed every half term to track and monitor the progress of students. Feedback is provided to students in terms of the skills they are working towards or have mastered. Targets for further improvement are then shared with students.

Students in Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11) Mathematics are working towards one GCSE qualification. They follow the Edexcel exam board with specification code 1MA1. They will be awarded a grade 1-9 following their GCSE examinations in the summer of Year 11. In Key Stage 4 students have 4 lessons per week in band A and 3 lesson per week in band V and home learning tasks are set on a weekly basis. Assessments to track progress are set regularly throughout each half term. With feedback being related to GCSE criteria to highlight areas of strength and development throughout the course.

Throughout their time at Kirkby Hall, student are taught the following key skills:

Use and apply standard techniques

Students should be able to:

  • accurately recall facts, terminology and definitions
  • use and interpret notation correctly
  • accurately carry out routine procedures or set tasks requiring multi-step solutions

Reason, interpret and communicate mathematically

Students should be able to:

  • make deductions, inferences and draw conclusions from mathematical information
  • construct chains of reasoning to achieve a given result
  • interpret and communicate information accurately
  • present arguments and proofs
  • assess the validity of an argument and critically evaluate a given way of presenting information

Solve problems within mathematics and in other contexts

Students should be able to:

  • translate problems in mathematical or non-mathematical contexts into a process or a series of mathematical processes
  • make and use connections between different parts of mathematics
  • interpret results in the context of the given problem
  • evaluate methods used and results obtained
  • evaluate solutions to identify how they may have been affected by assumptions made


Overview of the Mathematics Curriculum

The general topics students cover throughout Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 are outlined in the table below. However please be aware that topics may change in accordance with pupil ability:


Year Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
7 Numbers and the number systemCounting and comparingChecking, approximating and estimatingCalculating: division.


Visualising and construction 2d and 3d shapes.Using geometric notation to compare shapes.Algebraic proficiency Exploring and calculating fractions, decimals and percentagesProportional reasoningIdentifying patterns in numbers Measurements of length, mass, volume and time Calculating fractions, decimals and percentagesInvestigating properties of shapesInvestigating anglesVisualising and constructing

Calculating space

Investigating properties of shapesInvestigating anglesAlgebraic proficiencySpotting patterns

Mathematical movement

Measuring and calculating spaceMeasuring dataAlgebraic proficiency


8 Numbers and the number systemCounting and comparingCalculating with numbers.  Visualising and construction 2d and 3d shapes.Investigating properties of shapeAlgebraic proficiencyExploring fractions, decimals and percentages



Proportional reasoningSequences of numbersMeasurements of length, mass, volume and timeInvestigating angles

Fractions, decimals and percentages

Solving equations and inequalities.Calculating space know and apply formulae to calculate area, surface area and volume  EstimationMathematical movement, solve geometrical problems.  Presentation of data.Displaying data.Algebraic proficiency 
9 Numbers and the number systemCounting and comparingCalculating with numbers.  Visualising and constructing ProbabilityAlgebraic proficiency Exploring fractions, decimals and percentages.Proportional reasoningPattern sequences Investigating angles Calculating fractions, decimals and percentagesInvestigating properties of shapesSolving equations and inequalitiesAlgebraic proficiency

Calculating space

Algebraic proficiencyProbabilityPresentation of dataInterpret, analyse and compare the distributions of data sets
10 Numbers and the number systemCounting and comparingCalculating with numbers.Algebraic proficiency


Algebraic proficiencyData collection and displaying data Exploring and calculating fractions, decimals and percentagesEquations and inequalities Number sequencesSolve geometrical problems. Statistics and sampling. Area and volume. Real life graphs, straight line graphs.transformations
11 RatioProportionPythagoras theorem Trigonometryprobability  Multiplicative reasoningPlans and elevationsConstructions, loci and bearings Quadratic equations: expanding and factorising Quadratic equations: graphs Circles, cylinders, cones and spheres Fractions and reciprocals Indices and standard form Similarity and congruence in 2D Vectors Rearranging equations, graphs of cubic and reciprocal functions and simultaneous equations



Links to GCSE Exam Board Specifications

The specification code for GCSE Mathematics is 1MA1. Please click here to view the specification.

Additional Information

Maths revision sessions are held every Thursday for year 11 pupils from 2:55pm to 3:55pm.

Maths lunch clubs are as follows:

Monday KS4/KS3 Homework Club

Wednesday KS3 Numeracy Club

Tuesday and Thursday Maths Games Club

Mathematically gifted pupils are entered for the UK Maths Trust national completion.

Teaching Staff

Mrs C V Frodsham Head of Faculty
MS L Gee 2nd in Faculty
Mr G Frodsham Mathematics Teacher with responsibility
Miss L Morrin Mathematics Teacher/Head of year 9
Mr A Brophy Mathematics Teacher/Head of year 11
Miss A Mather Mathematics Teacher
Mrs M Turner Mathematics Teacher/ Assistant Head
Mrs P McKendrick Mathematics Teacher/ Deputy Head
Mr E Valentine Mathematics Teacher/Intervention
Mr J Wallace Mathematics Teacher/Intervention