One of the primary aims of the Mathematics Department is to stimulate interest and enthusiasm for the subject.

At all Key Stages, standards of attainment are consistently well in excess of national averages.

We endeavour to develop in all our students, confidence and accuracy in handling every day mathematical ideas and techniques. A variety of teaching and learning methods, incorporating both individual and group activities, develop each student’s written, oral and practical skills.

KS3 Mathematics is delivered in line with the National KS3 Framework and builds on work undertaken in Years 5 and 6.

Careful monitoring of all students’ performance throughout their time at Nidderdale High School enables us to set high and clear targets for each student and give them effective feedback to maximise their potential in the subject.

KS3 Information

  1. Course Content

    The Mathematics department follows a scheme of work that has been developed to meet the needs of the National Curriculum. Students cover the four key elements, (i) using & applying, (ii) number & algebra, (iii) shape, space & measures and (iv) handling data, through the delivery of 5 – 6 learning cycles in each of the years in Years 7 and 8.

  2. Methods of Assessment

    All students will be assessed at the end of each learning cycle as indicated in the Mathematics department scheme of work. At the end of Year 7 & 8, students will complete the QCA Optional Tests. Despite the abolition of National Curriculum Tests in 2009, the department will continue to assess students at the end of KS3 using National Curriculum Tests, these will be marked internally.

  3. Homework

    This is usually consolidation work. It is set once/twice per week. Please see the homework timetable for further clarification.

  4. Additional activities

    • Students are involved in extended learning projects in Years 7 and 8 involving Maths, PE, Languages and Art.
    • Students have the opportunity to complete the University of Leeds Maths Challenge – this is a set of challenging problems that students are encouraged to do over the February Half Term. A small team of Years 7 and 8 will also participate in the UKMT Team Challenge.

KS4 Information

  1. Syllabus/exam board & tiers of entry

    The scheme of work followed by students in Years 9,10,11 has been written in accordance with the AQA Mathematics Syllabus A. This is the linear route. Students are entered for either the Higher or Foundation tier. Higher Tier allows students to achieve grades 9 - 5 and Foundation Tier allows students to achieve grades 5 - 1. In some instances students are not entered for GCSE, in such circumstances these students follow the AQA Entry Level Syllabus. Alternatively, students can be entered for both options.

  2. Course content

    The course content is dictated by the AQA syllabus. The Mathematics department has devised a scheme of work around this. Students studying for the higher tier examination cover; geometric reasoning, algebra 1, handling data 1, integers, area & perimeter, linear graphs, pythagoras & trigonometry, fractions, decimals & percentages, transformations, handling data 2, algebra 2, measures, powers & roots, sequences, volume & surface area, ratio & proportion, construction & loci, probability, non-linear graphs, sine & cosine rule, vectors, transforming graphs, equations of circles.

    Students studying for the foundation tier examination cover; area & perimeter, integers, linear graphs, handling data 1, algebra 1, number 1, properties of shape, transformations, measures, fractions, decimals & percentages, sequences, handling data 2, number 2, geometric reasoning, voume & surface area, algebra 2, probability, co-ordinates & Pythagoras, ratio & proportion, transformations, handling data 3, construction & loci, triganometry.

  3. GCSE method of assessment

    Students complete three written papers, two calculator and one non-calculator. The higher tier papers are one and a half  hours in duration, the foundation tier papers are 1.5 hours in duration. Mock papers are completed in Years 10 and 11.

  4. Homework

    This is usually consolidation work. It is set once/twice per week. This could be from MyMaths or written or research. Please check the homework timetable for full details.

  5. Additional activities

    Students in Y10 have the opportunity to complete the University of Leeds Maths Challenge – this is a set of challenging problems that students are encouraged to do over the February Half Term.

Additional Information

The Mathematics department support the NSPCC’s Number Day, whilst promoting numeracy students also have the opportunity to reflect on how they can support the NSPCC’s plight to stop cruelty to children. Students are involved in a variety of fun activities throughout the day and are encouraged to get sponsorship.

Each year the Mathematics department hosts a series of mathematical master classes for Y6 gifted and talented students from our local cluster schools. The emphasis of the classes is on having fun and providing an opportunity to engage in areas outside of the National Curriculum.