Simon Bishop (Headteacher)
Woodeaton Manor School,

Tel: 01865 558722

Parents & Carers Meetings

On the 2nd Monday of every half term parents and carers are invited to attend a session covering a range of topics.
Meetings usually start at 7pm with refreshments provided.


Maths is a core subject, taught throughout Key Stages 2, 3 and 4. The Maths department aims to secure and build on pupils’ achievements as well as beginning to lay the foundations and prepare pupils’ future learning in Mathematics further up our school. Pupils are encouraged to see the importance of Maths in everyday life and this is integral to our department’s teaching. Our aim is to provide pupils with the Maths skills that they need for their future lives and work. The ultimate aim, is of course, to produce learners who have a thorough understanding of the subject and can make useful sense of mathematics in the world we live and who can ‘think’ mathematically for themselves.

Woodeaton Manor School currently has seven Maths teachers who have classes across the full ability and age range. Teachers work together to produce in-house schemes of work as well as looking at qualification specifications that best suit the needs of our pupils. This allows teachers to be flexible and promote varied learning approaches. Our emphasis is on motivating pupils so that they want to learn Maths. We do this by providing a learning environment where pupils are encouraged to take risks and be challenged with their learning through varied curriculum experiences that are stimulating, rewarding, exciting, relevant and fun.

At Woodeaton we work to develop our pupil’s mathematical knowledge and understanding in order to gain confidence in and therefore enjoyment of the subject. The aim of the Maths programme is to ensure that all pupils begin to have an appreciation and enjoyment of Maths in an environment where they feel safe and successful.

The teaching of Maths follows the National Curriculum (KS2, KS3) and uses the MyMaths 1, 2 and 3 textbook resources as a basis, published by OUP. A range of materials are used including work cards, puzzles, games and a text book which comes in three levels namely A, B and C, increasing in complexity to the C book.

Pupils have the opportunity of engaging in group work and independent learning is always encouraged.

Pupils are continually assessed by their teachers using:

  • Information from observing, listening to and talking with pupils in lessons
  • Written work in their exercise books
  • The effectiveness of the pupils responding to challenging feedback
  • Written tests (end of units and end of term)
  • End of Year tests

Where possible, within the first few weeks of the academic year or when pupils are new to the school, all pupils will undertake baseline assessments to ascertain their current Maths National Curriculum Levels, as well as gathering evidence from their previous schools. This forms part of their ‘Woodeaton passport’. Regular testing coupled with target setting and review is built into the scheme of work. Differentiation across the Key Stage ensures that all pupils are challenged and are able to enjoy success.

To assess progress, a RAG (Red, Amber, Green) traffic light system for self-assessment is used against the learning objectives. Pupils are made aware of their National Curriculum levels and what is expected of them to improve their work. They are also involved in setting their own targets three times a year. Pupils are encouraged to track their progress in the hope that they develop a keen interest in Maths.

Course structure and content – KS3

Depending on academic ability, at Woodeaton, we have a two-year (Year 7 and 8) Maths curriculum. Pupils in Year 7 and 8 follow a scheme of work, incorporating both calculator and non-calculator tasks, which is built around the following Maths curriculum areas. These are:

  • Working mathematically
  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Ratio, Proportion and rates of change
  • Geometry and measures
  • Probability
  • Statistics


More details of the content can be found using the following link:


The following Long-term Curriculum plans are used as guides by the mathematics department. Order of topics taught may vary from that shown in the plans dependent on needs of classes. For details of your child’s topics taught term-by-term, please refer to their Individual Education Plan (IEP) for further information.

Link to Curriculum Plan Year 7

Link to Curriculum Plan Year 8

Link to Curriculum Plan Year 9


Year 9 Course Structure
In Year 9, it is hoped that pupils are able to begin to start studying for externally accredited examinations, such as Functional Skills Entry Level 1/2/3 or Level 1/2 and/or GCSE Foundation Maths. Able mathematicians are able to start externally accredited courses before Year 10 to give them three-year coverage of the Foundation and Higher tier content.

Accreditation at Key Stage 3/4:

The Key Stage 4 Maths department aims to secure and build on pupils’ achievements at Key Stage 2 and 3 by enabling all of the pupils, where possible and within their academic capabilities, to take an externally accredited Mathematics qualification. In Key Stage 4, there are three different qualifications currently on offer:

  • Functional Skills Entry Level 1/2/3 or Level 1/2
  • Edexcel GCSE Foundation
  • Edexcel GCSE Higher


Functional Skills Mathematics

The Functional Skills Mathematics qualifications are designed to give learners the skills to operate confidently, effectively and independently in education, work and everyday life.

Functional Skills Mathematics, Levels 1 & 2, aims to ensure that each individual is able to solve problems in real-life, functional contexts and develop skills in:

  • representing situations using mathematics
  • analysing calculations and solving problems
  • interpreting the mathematics to explain situations.


Functional Skills Mathematics, Levels 1 & 2, map to the KS3 Programme of Study.

Reasons for taking Functional Skills Mathematics at Key Stage 3 might include:

  • providing a focus for learning essential skills, within a functional context
  • securing essential skills as a foundation for success at GCSE
  • introducing the skills and processes of examinations before GCSE work begins, along with experience of an external examination prior to GCSE
  • the attainment of a recognised qualification in the core subject of mathematics, with points equivalent to half a GCSE.


Depending on academic ability, we currently offer all levels of this qualification:

  • Entry Level 1
  • Entry Level 2
  • Entry Level 3
  • Level 1 – which equates to half a GCSE at Grades D/E (in the previous GCSE grading system)
  • Level 2 – which equates to half a GCSE at Grade B (in the previous GCSE grading system)




Teachers: Miss Lawes / Mr Baker
Course: EDEXCEL/PEARSON, GCSE Mathematics, 9-1, 1MA1 
Duration: 2 Years – Linear

First teaching from September 2015

The teaching of Maths follows the National Curriculum (KS4) and uses the OUP GCSE Maths for Edexcel textbooks. It is a linear course. A range of materials are used including work cards, puzzles, games and a text book which comes in two levels – Foundation and Higher.

Since September 2013, Woodeaton Manor School moved from a modular ethos of examination throughout the year to the linear structure with examinations at the end of the course. This is in response to Government requirements.

Changes to the Maths Curriculum

The GCSE Mathematics curriculum has changed. From September 2015 schools started teaching the new GCSE for first examination in 2017. This replaces the current A*-G grading with a 9-1 system. GCSE qualifications are being reformed to ensure “they’re rigorous and robust and give students access to high quality qualifications which match expectations in the highest performing jurisdictions.”


The Department for Education are responsible for the content of the new Curriculum, content weightings and assessment objectives.

Important changes:

  • The reformed GCSE will require coverage of broader and deeper mathematical content.
  • New content added to Higher tier for more able students.
  • Greater emphasis on mathematical reasoning, communication and problem solving skills.
  • Total assessment time: 4 hours 30 minutes (currently one hour longer).
  • The new GCSE Mathematics content has been divided into:



Grades 1-5 available

Grades 4-9 available









Ratio, proportion and rates of change




Geometry and measures




Statistics and Probability





*Greater emphasis on ratio, proportion and rates of change at Foundation tier
** Greater emphasis on Algebra at Higher tier, as this is the vehicle for progression to A Level Mathematics

For more information, please use the following website:

Pupils will be working from the Foundation and/or Higher textbooks Edexcel GCSE Maths powered by, published by OUP.

Link to Curriculum Plan GCSE Year 1

Link to Curriculum Plan GCSE Year 2

These academic year outlines above may vary depending on individuals’ and the class’s prior knowledge, skills and experience of topics. Staff are encouraged to be flexible and use this as a guide only – some topics may take considerably longer to teach, some shorter. This outline should therefore be used as a working document and annotated accordingly by teaching staff.