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At Holte School we see mathematics not just as a collection of skills but a way of thinking. We aim to inspire our pupils to appreciate the beauty of mathematics and use its logic skilfully across all areas of the school curriculum and life. Pupils and staff work together safely and collaboratively to achieve success in an environment founded on mutual respect.

Year 7 – Maths Mastery SOW

Autumn 1 - place value, addition and subtraction

Unit 1 - place value (1)

  • Read and write whole numbers in figures and words
  • Multiply, and divide, any whole number by 10, 100, 1000, or 10 000
  • Round whole numbers to the nearest 1000, 100 or 10

Unit 2 & 3 – Addition and subtraction (2)

  • Use mental strategies
  • Add and subtract using formal algorithms
  • Calculate and work with perimeters
  • Model solve word problems

Unit 4 – Addition and subtraction of decimals (2)

  • Understand decimal notation and place values
  • Read and write decimals in figures and words
  • Convert between decimals and fractions where the denominator is a factor of 10 or 100
  • Use the number line to display decimals and round decimals to the nearest whole number, to 1 or 2 decimal places
  • Use correctly the symbols <, > etc. and the associated language to order a set of decimals
  • Multiply and divide decimals by 10, 100, 1000, or 10 000
  • Solve word problems involving the addition and subtraction of money in decimal notation
  • Use written methods in column format for addition and subtraction of decimals
  • Extend existing mental calculation to include decimals
  • Calculate the perimeter of rectangles, squares and rectilinear figures


 Autumn 2 - Multiplication and division

Unit 5, 6, 7 & 8 multiplication and division (5)

  • Use multiplication facts to solve mental calculations
  • Use the terms ‘product’, ‘multiple’ and ‘LCM’
  • Understand and use the column method to multiply integers and decimals
  • Divide whole numbers and decimals by whole numbers
  • Use the terms ‘quotient’, ‘remainder’, ‘factor’, ‘HCF’
  • Represent multiplication word problems using bar models
  • Find the area of a rectangle and triangle
  • Solve problems involving length, perimeter and area
  • Estimate answers in calculations and check that results are reasonable
  • Measure time, calculate with time and solve time word problems
  • Find the mean average, interpreting average as “total amount ÷ number of items" and solve word problems involving average


Spring 1 - 2D shapes

Unit 9 – Working with units (1)

  • Record and order measurements using decimal notation
  • Estimate and/or measure:
  • length in kilometres (km) /metres (m)/ centimetres (cm)/ millimetres (mm)
  • mass in kilograms (kg) /grams (g)
  • volume of liquid in litres (l) / millilitres (ml)

Unit 10 – Angles (1)

  • Draw and measure acute and obtuse angles reliably to the nearest degree
  • Estimate the size of any given angle
  • Recognise acute, right, obtuse and reflex angles
  • Know and use the fact that the angles round a point total 360o, that angles on a straight line total 180o, and that vertically opposite angles are equal

Unit 11 & 12 – Triangles and quadrilaterals (2)

  • Classify triangles and quadrilaterals according to their properties
  • Use a ruler and protractor to construct triangles and quadrilaterals from given data
  • Know and use the fact that the sum of interior angles of a triangle is 180o
  • know and use the fact that the interior angles of a quadrilateral sum to 360o
  • Solve problems involving coordinates in the first quadrant

Unit 13

Symmetry and tessellation (1)

  • Identify lines of symmetry in any shape
  • Identify the order of rotational symmetry in any shape
  • Create shapes given details of their symmetries
  • Investigation and create tessellations


 Spring 2 - Fractions

Unit 14 – Understand and use fraction (2)

  • Represent fractions using area diagrams, bar models and number lines
  • Recognise and name equivalent fractions
  • Convert fractions to decimals
  • Convert terminating decimals to fractions in their simplest form
  • Convert between mixed numbers and improper fractions
  • Compare and order numbers
  • Convert simple fractions and decimals to percentages
  • Express one quantity as a fraction of another

Unit 15 – Fractions of amounts (1)

  • Find a fraction of a set of objects or quantity
  • Find the whole given a fraction

Unit 16 – Multiplying and dividing decimals (2)

  • Multiply a whole number or fraction by a whole number or fraction
  • Multiply a mixed number and a whole number
  • Divide a whole number or proper fraction by a whole number or proper fraction


Summer 1 - Algebra

Unit 17 – Order of operations (2)

  • Carry out combined operations involving all four operations
  • Understand and use brackets
  • Use simple index notation

Unit 18 – Introduction to algebra (2)

  • Recognise and continue sequences
  • Represent an unknown number using a letter
  • Write and understand simple algebraic expressions
  • Substitute numerical values into formulae and expressions
  • Collect like terms and simplify expressions
  • Multiply out brackets, identify and take out common factors to factorise
  • Recognise that different-looking expressions may be identical and prove simple algebraic identities


Summer 2 - Percentages and handling data

Unit 20 – Percentages (2)

  • Understand percentage as a fractional operator with denominator of 100
  • Express a part of a whole as a percentage
  • Convert between fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Find fractions and percentages of given quantities
  • Find the whole given a part and the percentage
  • Increasing and decreasing by a percentage

Unit 21 – Handling data (2)

  • Understand the difference between types of data
  • Construct and interpret
  • Tables (including tally and two way)
  • Bar charts (including comparative and composite)
  • Pictograms
  • Line graphs
  • Read and interpret pie charts
  • Draw pie charts from raw data
  • Explore misleading graphical representations


Year 8 - SOW


Year 8 set 1

Year 8 set 2 & 3

Year 8 set 4

Autumn 1

1 Factors and powers

2 Working with powers

1 Number

2 Area and volume

1 Number properties and calculations

2 Shapes and measures in 3D

Autumn 2

3 2D shapes and 3D solids

4 Real-life graphs

3 Expressions and equations

4 Real-life graphs

3 Statistics

4 Expressions and equations

Spring 1

5 Transformations

6 Fractions, decimals and percentages

5 Decimals and ratio

6 Lines and angles

5 Decimal calculations

6 Angles

Spring 2

7 Constructions and loci

7 Calculating with fractions

7 Number properties

Summer 1

8 Probability

9 Scale drawings and measures

8 Straight-line graphs

9 Percentages, decimals and fractions

8 Sequences

9 Fractions and percentages

Summer 2

10 Graphs

10 Statistics, graphs and charts

10 Probability


Key Stage 4

Year 9 – Edexcel GCSE Mathematics (9-1) from 2015 – 100% Exam

Pupils will now start their Key Stage 4 Scheme of Work in Year 9 so as to allow for a more in depth study of the newer content.

The purposes of this qualification are to:

● provide evidence of students’ achievements against demanding and fulfilling content, to give students the confidence that the mathematical skills, knowledge and understanding that they will have acquired during the course of their study are as good as that of the highest performing jurisdictions in the world

● provide a strong foundation for further academic and vocational study and for employment, to give students the appropriate mathematical skills, knowledge and understanding to help them progress to a full range of courses in further and higher education. This includes Level 3 mathematics courses as well as Level 3 and undergraduate courses in other disciplines such as biology, geography and psychology, where the understanding and application of mathematics is crucial

● provide (if required) a basis for schools and colleges to be held accountable for the performance of all of their students.

Year 10 - Edexcel GCSE Mathematics (9-1) – 100% Exam

  • Pupils in Year 10 will continue to follow the Edexcel linear specification (1MA1). They are set in one stream, based primarily upon their attainment at the end of Year 9.

Year 11 - Edexcel GCSE Mathematics (9-1) - 1MA0 – 100% Exam

  • Pupils in year 11 follow the Edexcel linear specification (1MA1). They are set in one stream in year 11 based primarily upon their attainment at the end of Year 10.

Key Stage 5 – OCR Scheme of work

We offer OCR (H240) A level Mathematics two year course to pupils in the Sixth form. Pupils need to achieve a minimum grade 5 in GCSE Mathematics in order to access the study of Mathematics in the Sixth form. 

In Year 12 pupils build on their existing skills, particularly in algebra and trigonometry, and are introduced to core and applied topics such as calculus, statistical sampling and distributions, and Newtonian forces.

Year 13 pupils further develop their understanding of these topics, with a real emphasis on modelling and problem solving, providing an excellent platform for further study in the fields of mathematics and engineering, for example. 

The course is examined through three, two our written papers, sat at the end of Year 13.


Homework is set once a week for years 7-11. It can be finishing off classwork tasks, completing levelled worksheets, graded problems or project work. At KS5 homework usually is consolidation of classwork and questions which develop application of maths modelling. Homework may be set using the online resources that pupils have access to.


The mathematics department uses a range of resources: KS3 Maths progress books, Edexcel GCSE Higher & Foundation, OCR AS/A level textbooks and other resources tailor made to enhance the mathematics ability of Holte pupils such as doddlelearn.co.uk, vle.mathswatch.co.uk and GCSEpod.com

Mathematics reading list: Please click here to see list of textbooks used in all Key Stages and recommendation for further reading.

Extra-curricular Activities

Staff are always willing to support pupils beyond the school day and Saturday, after school and holiday sessions may be offered to pupils who would benefit. Parents and carers will be contacted by letter to request permission for pupils to attend. We also offer a Chess club that currently runs on a Thursday during lunch time. Our strongest Mathematicians at KS3 and KS4 take part in the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust Challenges.

We are committed to promoting our school values of ‘Collaboration, Aspiration, Respect, Equality and Responsibility’ to pupils at every opportunity.

We take every opportunity to ensure that our school’s Safeguarding Policy is adhered to in full at all times.

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