We endeavour; through a well-designed curriculum and consistently high quality lessons; to ensure that every student can maximise their potential in Maths, develop their problem solving skills which will enable them to deal with many real-life situations and discover a genuine interest in the subject.

Head of Faculty

Mr L Cleasby (

Years 7-10

Through the first 4 years at Whalley Range, students will follow a pathway based on their needs and prior attainment. It is structured around 7 steps that they progress up.

These steps cover all the mathematics needed for GCSE and further study around four main strands:

  • Number, Number skills and proportional reasoning
  • Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Statistics

Key Stage 4

All students are entered for GCSE Mathematics in Year 11.

Year 11 will be sitting the new 9-1 Maths GCSE. We use Edexcel GCSE Maths (1MA1) specification at two tiers, Foundation (Grades 1 – 5) and Higher (Grades 4 – 9). The examination is taken at the end of year 11 and consists of three papers, each lasting 1 hour and 30 minutes with one non-calculator paper (sat in May) and two calculator papers (sat in June).

Key Stage 5 (level 2)

All students are entered for GCSE Mathematics in Year 12 or 13.

Year 12 will be sitting the new 9-1 Maths GCSE. We use Edexcel GCSE Maths (1MA1) specification at two tiers, Foundation (Grades 1 – 5) and Higher (Grades 4 – 9). The examination is taken either in November or the May/June and consists of three papers, each lasting 1 hour and 30 minutes with one non-calculator paper and two calculator papers.

Key Stage 5 (level 3)

All students follow a two year A level course in Mathematics – EdExcel Specification 8MA0 (AS level) and 9MA0 (A level).

The course includes core mathematics, statistics and mechanics.

At the end of Year 12 students will sit the AS level examination which consists of two papers: a Pure (Core) maths paper (Paper 1), which is 2 hours long and an applied maths paper including mechanics and statistics (Paper 2), which is 1 hour and 15 minutes long.

At the end of Year 13 students will sit the A level examination which consists of three papers: a two pure (core) maths papers (Paper 1 & Paper 2) and an applied paper including mechanics and statistics (Paper 3). Each paper is 2 hours long.

Programme of Study

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Year 7 Theme Park

​​​​​​​Booster Unit​​​​​​​
BU01 Number 1 | BU02 Number 2 | BU03 Numbers in Context

Step 0​​​​​​​

EL01 – Properties of Number | EL02 – The Four Operations (Non-Calculator) | EL03 – Fractions

EL04 – Money | EL05 – Calendar and Time | EL06 – Measures | EL07 – Geometry |

EL08 – Statistics | EX01 – Area | EX02 – Probability | EX03 – Algebra | EX04 – Averages and Range​​​​​​​
Step 1​​​​​​​

Term 1
NN01 Integers, Negatives, Place Value | NN02 Four Operations and Estimations | GL01 Properties of Angles and Shapes

AF01 Formulae in Words | AE01 Introducing Equations | SD01 Understanding Data Collection

Term 2
GM01 Measures and Measuring | SS01 Averages | AG01 Plotting Basic Graphs | NT02 Money Calculations

NN05 Further Four Operations

Term 3
AS01 Introduction to Sequences | NT01 Time and Time Problems | NF01 Basic Fractions, Decimals & Percentages

GA02 Area and Perimeter of Rectangles | GT01 Symmetry

Step 2

Term 1
NM01 Types of Numbers, Factors and Multiples | AF02 Introduction to Algebra | GA01 2D/3D Shapes

SG01 Interpreting and Drawing Simple Charts | NN03 Place Value and Decimals

NF02 Equivalent Fractions, Decimals and Percentages, & using Fractions | GT02 Introduction to Transformations

Term 2
AF04 Forming Expressions | NN04 Four Operations with Negatives | AE02 Solving Linear Equations

SP01 Introduction to Probability​​​​​​​ | NF03 Ordering Fractions, Decimals & Percentages

Term 3
AG02 Graphs in Four Quadrants | AS02 Sequences | NR01 Ratio | NF04 Basic Percentages

SG02 Interpreting and Drawing Simple Graphs
Step 3
Term 1
GA03 Further Area/Perimeter | AF03 Simplifying/Substitution | SP06 Venn Diagrams

GL02 Angles in Triangles and Quadrilaterals | AF05 Single Brackets | AE03 Solving Equations 2 | NN10 Systematic Listing

Term 2
NN06 Four Operations with Decimals | GC01 Constructing 2D Shapes | SS02 Averages from Frequency Tables

AG03 Plotting Straight Line Graphs | NR02 Ratio and Proportion

GA05 Circles

Term 3
AS03 Using nth Term Rules | SG03 Pie Charts & Stem-Leaf Diagrams | NT03 Mileage Charts and Time

GT03 Transformations

Step 4
Term 1
NM02 Cubes, Roots and Order of Operation | SD03 Sampling | NF06 More Percentages | NF05 Further Fractions

GL04 Angles in a Polygon | AF09 Formulae | SP03 Relative Frequency | NF07 Percentage Increase/Decrease

Term 2
AF08 Further Substitution | SS03 Averages from Grouped Frequency Tables | GM03 Speed, Distance & Time

GL03 Angles and Parallel Lines | NM03 Prime Factor Decomposition | AS04 nth Term

Term 3
GA07 Volume | GM04 Other Compound Measures | GM02 Bearings | ​​​​​​​NR03 Simple Conversions & Proportion

GA04 3D Shapes | SS04 Quartiles and Comparing Distributions | SG04 Scatter Graphs

Step 5

Term 1
SP02 Mutually Exclusive and Independent Events | AE06 Solving Equations | AF06 Expressions, Indices

AE05 Inequalities | GC02 Constructions | AGO4 Interpret Real-life Graphs | GA06 Nets and Surface Area

GT04 Transformations on an Axis

Term 2
SG05: Pie Charts, Frequency Polygons & Stem-Leaf | AF07 Quadratic Expressions

NF08 Reverse Percentages | GP01 Pythagoras’ Theorem | GP02 Basic Trigonometry | GL07 Vectors

Term 3
AG06 Using the Equation of a Line | GM05 Converting Measurements | NM04 Standard Form

AG05 Quadratic Graphs | AE08 Quadratic Equations

Step 6

Term 1
AG07 Cubic, Reciprocal and Exponential Graphs | AS05 Quadratic Sequences | NN07 Further Rounding & Error Intervals

SG06 Cumulative Frequency | NN08 Estimating Calculations and Reciprocals | GC03 Loci

GA08 Further Area and Perimeter | SD04 Further Sampling

Term 2
NR04 Direct and Inverse Proportion | AE10 Solving Quadratic Equations | AG08 Solving Equations Graphically

AE09 Inequalities on Graphs | SP04 Tree Diagrams | SP05 Conditional Probability

Term 3
GL05 Congruent and Similar Shapes | AE07 Simultaneous Equations by Elimination | AG11 Equations of a Circle

AE11 Simultaneous Equations by Substitution | GT05 Further Transformations
Step 7

Term 1
AF10 Complex Algebraic Manipulations | AE04 Iterative Methods including T & I​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ | AF11 Algebraic Fractions

AF12 Algebraic Proof | GL06 Circle Theorems | NF09 Recurring Decimals

SG07 Histograms

Term 2
GP04 Advanced Trigonometry GP03 Pythagoras and Trigonometry in 3D | GA09 Further Volume & Surface Area

NM06 Further Surds | AG09 Drawing & Transforming Graphs | GP05 Graphs & Trigonometric Functions

Term 3
GL08 Vector Proof | AE13 Quadratic Inequalities | AE12 Completing the Square

AG10 Pre-calculus

AF13 Inverse & Composite Functions | NN09 Upper & Lower Bounds

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