At King Richard, we aim to develop the full potential of each student in mathematics, encouraging them to develop a positive attitude to the subject through confidence, enjoyment and perseverance.

Aims and Philosophy

We aim to equip students with sufficient mathematical skills for their day-to-day living and provide a firm foundation for those pursuing further study in the subject. We hope that all students experience the fascination and creative potential of mathematics. 

Mathematics is vital to support success in a range of other curriculum subjects. The content to be taught in mathematics at both Key Stages 3 and 4 include the following topic areas: Number, Algebra, Geometry and Measures and Statistics and Probability. Students are taught in ability sets and setting takes place early in Year 7 with movement between sets possible periodically during the year.


Key Stage 3

In lessons we use a wide range of teaching and learning styles including interactive activities and co-operative learning techniques.  We build upon the work pupils studied at Primary School, continuing to develop fluency and the ability to solve problems.  Pupils need to be able to move fluently between representations of mathematical ideas.  Essential tools are acquired through the six strands of the subject content: Number, Algebra, Ration, Proportion and Rates of Change, Geometry and Measures, Probability and Statistics.  Pupils sit assessments at the end of each topic to check their understanding.  Pupils who grasp concepts rapidly will be challenged through sophisticated problems before any acceleration through new content.

Key Stage 4

The GCSE course aims to give students a sound and confident grasp of Mathematics, developing fluency and problem solving techniques they studied in Key Stage 3.

Pupils will be required to demonstrate their knowledge, understanding and skills in the following assessment objectives:

  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Ration & Proportion
  • Geometry
  • Probability & Statistics

Pupils will study for a linear course in Mathematics.  This will be assessed in a terminal examination which will consist of three written papers, each one and a half hours long, in the summer of Year 11.  Two of the papers will require the use of a scientific calculator and the third will be non-calculator.

Pupils will be tested regularly during the GCSE course.  Set changes may take place on the basis of these assessment results.