The Mathematics Department at STMLC supports all pupils’ potential for achievement, providing them with a solid foundation of mathematical skills, whilst promoting a sense of wonder about the beauty of mathematics.
“Mathematics is the alphabet with which God has written the universe” Galileo (1564 – 1642)
The Mathematics Department at St Thomas More Language College will provide for all students mathematical experiences through spiritual, moral, cultural and social contexts – irrespective of their background, ability or race. These experiences should help the students to acquire the mathematical skills and understanding they need as they journey through life. Mathematics plays an important role in our lives. It is used in everyday activities such as buying food and clothes, keeping time and playing games.
All students at St Thomas More Language College study mathematics. We aim to provide a wide range of mathematical experiences enabling students to:
• acquire skills in mathematical thinking;
• develop conﬁdence in using and applying mathematics and to appreciate its challenges and aesthetic satisfaction within wider contexts;
• develop positive attitudes to mathematics and an understanding of its nature and purpose in a variety of relevant contexts;
• progress appropriately through a challenging programme of work differentiated to meet individual needs;
• develop, initiate and enjoy working cooperatively, collaboratively and individually.
Students are encouraged to develop their thinking skills and approaches to problem solving and enquiry using a range of techniques. The development of an understanding of number and its application, in particular the development of mental strategies and the use of appropriate language is a priority.
A wide range of teaching methods are used, in order to meet the varying needs of students. Included are whole class, small group and individualised learning approaches. The emphasis is on active learning. Active involvement in mathematical experiences, in real and relevant contexts is essential for the mathematical development of our students. This is particularly so in KS4 where ‘Functional Skills’ become the basis of study programmes. We are committed to providing a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum for all our students, presented at a level appropriate to the needs and ability of individual students.
An overview of the Maths Scheme of work is available below:
Year 7 

Autumn Term 1 
Integers and decimals 
Autumn Term 2 
Fractions, Decimals and percentages 
Spring Term 1 
Calculation and Measure 
Spring Term 2 
Integers, Functions and Graphs 
Summer Term 1 
Transformations and Symmetry 
Summer Term 2 
Equations and Graphs 
Year 8 

Autumn Term 1 
Integers 
Autumn Term 2 
Fractions, Decimals and percentages 
Spring Term 1 
Equations and Graphs 
Spring Term 2 
Sequences and Roots 
Summer Term 1 
Algebra 
Summer Term 2 
Calculation Plus 
Year 9 – GCSE Course 
Foundation 

Higher 
Autumn 1 Number 
· Integers and place value · Decimals · Indices, powers and roots · Factors, multiples and primes 
Number 
· Calculations, checking and rounding · Indices, roots, reciprocals and hierarchy of operations · Factors, multiples and primes · Standard form and surds 
Autumn 2 Algebra 
· Basics · Expanding and factorising single brackets · Expressions and substitution into formulae 
Algebra 
· Basics · Setting up, rearranging and solving equations · Sequences 
Spring 1 Statistics 
· Tables · Charts and graphs · Pie charts · Scatter graphs 
Statistics 
· Averages and range · Representing and interpreting data · Scatter graphs 
Spring 2 Number 
· Fractions · Fractions, decimals and percentages · Percentages 
Number 
· Fractions · Percentages · Ratio and proportion 
Summer 1 Algebra 
· Equations · Inequalities · Sequences 
Geometry 
· Polygons, angles and parallel lines · Pythagoras’ Theorem and trigonometry 
Summer 2 Geometry 
· Properties of shapes, parallel lines and angle facts · Interior and exterior angles of polygons 
Graphs 
· Graphs: the basics and reallife graphs · Linear graphs and coordinate geometry · Quadratic, cubic and other graphs 
Year 10 
Foundation 

Higher 
Autumn 1 Statistics Geometry 
· Statistics and sampling · The averages · Perimeter and area · 3D forms and volume 
Geometry
Transform & locus

· Perimeter, area and circles · 3D forms and volume, cylinders, cones and spheres · Accuracy and bounds · Reflection, rotation, enlargement & · Constructions, loci and bearings 
Autumn 2 Graphs Transform. 
· Reallife graphs · Straightline graphs · Translations, rotations and reflections 
Algebra
Probability 
· Solving quadratic and simultaneous equations · Inequalities · Probability 
Spring 1 Transform. Ratio etc 
· Enlargements and combinations · Ratio 
Number Geometry 
· Multiplicative reasoning · Similarity and congruence in 2D and 3D 
Spring 2 Geometry 
· Proportion · Pythagoras and trigonometry 
Trig. 
· Graphs of trigonometric functions · 3D trigonometry · Advanced trigonometry 
Summer 1

· Probability · Preparation for mocks 
Statistics 
· Collecting data · Cumulative frequency, box plots and histograms · Preparation for mocks 
Summer 2

· Mocks · Problem Solving 
Graphs 
· Mocks · Problem Solving 
Year 11 
Foundation 

Higher 
Autumn 1 Geometry 
· Multiplicative reasoning · Plans and elevations · Constructions, loci and bearings 
Algebra
Geometry 
· Quadratics, expanding more than two brackets, sketching graphs, graphs of circles, cubes and quadratics · Circle theorems · Circle geometry 
Autumn 2 Quadratics
Geometry

· Quadratic equations: expanding and factorising · Quadratic equations: graphs · Circles, cylinders, cones and spheres 
Algebra

· Changing the subject of formulae (more complex), algebraic fractions, solving equations arising from algebraic fractions, rationalising surds, proof 
Spring 1 Transform. Ratio etc 
· Fractions and reciprocals · Indices and standard form · Similarity and congruence in 2D · Vectors 
Geometry Graphs

· Vectors and geometric proof · Reciprocal and exponential graphs; Gradient and area under graphs 
Spring 2 Algebra 
· Rearranging equations, graphs of cubic and reciprocal functions and simultaneous equations · Exam Preparation 
Number 
· Direct and inverse proportion · Exam Preparation 
Qualification Information
Examination Offered  Options 
Exam Specification

Progression options  Assessment 
GCSE Higher & Foundation  Linear  Click here for exam specification  A Level  Terminal examinations 
Click here for information explaining changes to the GCSE
Click here for information on AQA Level 2 Qualification in Further Maths which is studied by top set students. The specification may be found by clicking here