Course description 

Mathematics in the National Curriculum is the basis of all Mathematics taught at Attleborough Academy Norfolk. Students will follow the National Curriculum at a level and grade appropriate to their ability.

Upon entry to Attleborough Academy Norfolk, students are placed into groups so that each student is working to his/her ability level. The grouping is arranged using Key Stage 2 results and primary school recommendations. We also conduct a test during one of the Year 6 visits to the school in the summer preceding entry. This test gives a ‘maths age’ for each student. We re-test students in the Spring term so that students can move sets according to their progress during the first term.

Students will use the school computers and a variety of learning resources to provide them with an enriching curriculum. We have a number of licenses to support numeracy and maths development.

We hope students will enjoy their Mathematics but we will expect them to work hard and to do regular homework to complement work done in the classroom.

Students will be entered for GCSE examinations at an appropriate tier in Year 11 with opportunities for studying further courses, such as Further Maths, to complement and enrich their Mathematics. In addition, Functional Skills is offered to students from Year 9 upwards to support them to access the GCSE content.

Key Stage 3 

The yearly teaching programmes for Years 7 to 11 combine six strands linked to the curriculum. The six strands and the topics that they cover are:

Using and applying Mathematics to solve problems

  • Problem solving and applications in a variety of contexts to develop reasoning, thinking and communication skills

Numbers and the number system

  • Place value, ordering and rounding
  • Integers, powers and roots
  • Fractions, decimals, percentages, ratio and proportion


  • Number operation and the relationships between them
  • Mental methods and rapid recall of number facts
  • Written methods
  • Calculator methods
  • Checking results


  • Equations, formulae and identities
  • Sequences, functions and graphs

Shape, spaces and measures

  • Geometric reasoning: lines, angles and shapes
  • Transformations
  • Coordinates
  • Construction and loci
  • Measures and mensuration

Handling data

  • Specifying a problem, planning and collecting data
  • Processing and representing data
  • Interpreting and discussing results
  • Probability


Homework will be set weekly and will involve extra practice on work studied in class, coursework tasks and examination style questions.

Books, Equipment, Materials and Resources Recommended/Needed 

Students need a good set of stationery in common with most other subjects. All students are expected to have their own calculators for use at home and in class. A scientific calculator is essential. Geometric instruments are also needed for parts of the course such as a compass and protractor. Calculators and geometry sets are available to purchase from the School and are compulsory for all students.

Opportunities For Study Beyond Key Stage 4 

 A Level Mathematics is offered at Attleborough Academy Norfolk Sixth Form. This involves the study of Pure Maths together with Mechanics  and Statistics.

A Level Further Mathematics is also offered and is studied alongside A level Maths by students who have achieved grade 8 or above.

We are also developing the Level 3 Mathematical Studies (also known as Core Maths) which is equivalent to an AS level. This qualification supports the acquisition of maths content in many other A levels such as the Sciences, Social Sciences, Business and Computing and Humanities subjects.

Career Opportunities Supported By This Subject 

There are a vast number of career opportunities requiring Mathematics qualifications. It should be noted that GCSE Mathematics at grade 4, at the very least, is required for all University courses. Career opportunities ranging from engineering to accountancy, from computing to financial or retail management, from statistical analysis to architecture are all supported by qualifications in Mathematics.

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