The Holbrook Academy Mathematics Curriculum has been developed to encourage learners to appreciate that:

  • Mathematics is a subject of beauty and this can be seen in many things around us.
  • Mathematics is the key that opens the door to other aspects of life and underpins other areas of the curriculum.
  • Mathematics is a universal language; it allows us to communicate with others and to understand and develop the world around us.
  • Mathematics fosters reasoning and problem solving, leading to logical thinking, which builds well rounded and aspirational citizens for the future.

At Holbrook Academy, students are taught in Maths sets based on ability; the only exception might be in Year 7, where students may be taught in mixed ability groups. Setting is an important process, which enables all students to work at the correct pace to achieve their full potential; sets are reviewed regularly, and changes made as required. Students are assessed half termly.

Examination Board: Edexcel

Course:  Pearson Edexcel GCSE (9-1) in Mathematics (1MA1)

All students will follow a linear Maths course. The mathematical skills are developed across all five years in school. In Year 7 and Year 8, students cover topics that are required as prior knowledge before moving on to the GCSE course in Year 9.

The Pearson Edexcel course enables students to:

  • develop fluent knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts
  • acquire, select and apply mathematical techniques to solve problems
  • reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences, and draw conclusions
  • comprehend, interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context.

All students sit their examinations in the summer of Year 11. The examination consists of 3 papers, all 90 minutes each; there are two calculator and one non-calculator papers.

The maths content will include these six areas:

  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Ratio, proportion and rates of change
  • Geometry and measures
  • Probability
  • Statistics

In order to see an overview of the sequence and progression of learning in Mathematics please see the ‘Curriculum Detail’ document.

If you have any questions about the mathematics course please contact the mathematics department, we are always happy to help.


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