Gilbert Inglefield Academy

Maths Curriculum Overview for 2018-2019

Head of Department: Miss S. Hook
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 The Maths Department is staffed by a team of dedicated mathematicians whose aim is to give pupils life skills in the real-world, whilst fostering their inquiring mathematical minds. Our teaching allows pupils to explore ideas, giving them the ability to confidently apply and solve problems within maths lessons and across the curriculum. All pupils in maths are given opportunities to be suitably challenged, enabling them to make good progress, and apply acquired skills in a range of real life situations. More able pupils in Key Stage 3 attend Maths Masterclass sessions (organised by the two upper schools in the town), where they work collaboratively with pupils from other schools on problem solving activities.

  In Key Stage 2 and some Key Stage 3 lessons, pupils are encouraged to use hands-on practical resources to aid conceptual understanding, making maths lessons not only challenging, but fun and enjoyable too! The ability to use these materials in diverse ways can promote greater opportunities for investigational and collaborative work: such activities encourage purposeful mathematical discussion and development of logic and reasoning.

 Parents are invited to participate in pupil learning experiences including maths information evenings and sessions outside school hours for pupils who need an extra boost.

 Learning Community 2 Calculation Policy 2017-2018

 PiXL TT app (pupils are given log in details for this app)

During Key Stage 2

 Children’s progression in maths will be organised into the following three areas.

  1. Working mathematically.
  2. Number.
  3. Measurement, geometry and statistics.

 Over the two years pupils will cover a range of topics enabling them to use and apply different mathematical skills including: Arithmetical laws and relationships; mental and written fluency; fractions decimals and percentages; problem solving; algebra; metric and imperial measures; perimeter, area and volume; chronology; shape; position and direction and statistics.

They will structure their own investigations and solve a wide variety of increasingly complex problems, requiring sustained concentration and efficient written and mental methods.

 Pupils will develop their own lines of enquiry increasingly independently and be expected to prove their solutions in a variety of ways.

Year 5

Year 6


Place value up to one million, counting forwards and backwards including negative numbers, rounding, solving number problems, add and subtract whole numbers with more than 4 digits, mental addition and subtraction,

Multiples, factors and prime numbers, multiplication, comparing ordering and finding equivalent fractions


 Place value, rounding to whole numbers, using negative numbers, problem solving, multiplying and dividing 4 digit by 2 digit whole numbers, mental calculations with mixed operations, common factors, common multiples and prime numbers, simplifying, adding and comparing fractions, decimal and fraction conversions.



Counting forwards and backwards in powers of ten, roman numerals, common factors, prime factor trees, multiplying and dividing 4 digit by 2 digit numbers and decimals, problem solving, mixed numbers and improper fractions, adding and subtracting fractions.


Dividing leaving remainders, BODMAS, multiple step problems in context, estimation, fractions bigger than one, multiplying and dividing fractions, division with decimals.


Negative numbers, problem solving, formal methods of addition and subtraction, using rounding to check answers, adding and subtracting fractions and multiplying fractions, converting fractions and decimals.


SATS preparation, algebra, project work.

 During Key Stage 3

 Children’s progression in KS3 is organised into the following four areas.

  1. Number (fractions, decimals, percentages, indices, decimal calculations).
  2. Geometry and measure (measures, perimeter, area, angles and 2d shapes, transformations, pythagoras, constructions and trigonometry).
  3. Algebra (expressions and formulae, graphs, equations and sequences).
  4. Statistics.

 Pupils further extend their reasoning and investigative skills, using conjecture to explore possible outcomes and explain observations fully and mathematically. They begin to write mathematical proofs based on concrete activities and observations; trigonometry is introduced in year 8 and where appropriate some pupils will be introduced to GCSE topics supporting a smooth transition to upper school.

Year 7


Place value and decimals, arithmetic with negative integers, mental and written addition and subtraction, indices, measurement, area and perimeter of rectangles, triangles, parallelograms and trapeziums, circumference and area of circles, surface area and volume of cuboids, collecting like terms, expanding brackets, factorising expressions, solving equations and substitution, fractions percentages and decimals, angles, algebraic graphs.


 BIDMAS, statistics (averages, representing data), transformations (reflection, rotation, symmetry, translation, enlargement, tessellation), factors and multiples, prime factors, LCM and HCF, constructing bisectors and triangles, loci, plans and elevations.


 Sequences, decimal calculations, ratio and proportion, probability scale, experimental and mutually exclusive outcomes, venn diagrams, problem solving.

 Year 8


Rounding and estimation, significant figures, area and perimeter, surface area and volume of a prism, indice laws, expanding brackets, factorising expressions, substitution and solving equations, fractions decimals and percentages, angles, arcs and sectors and circle properties, linear and quadratic and real life graphs.


BIDMAS, calculator skills, data handling including averages and cumulative frequency, transformations and enlargements, simultaneous equations, standard form, indices and surds, Pythagoras, constructing triangles, loci.


Sequences, trigonometry, bearings, ratio and proportion, independent events, tree diagrams, venn diagrams, problem solving.