Mathematics curriculum


The aim of the Mathematics curriculum is to provide pupils with the critical knowledge and problem-solving skills they need to develop in their chosen career and lead a successful life. The curriculum encompasses mathematics that pupils can apply to real life situations through a range of mathematical reasoning as well as equipping pupils with skills that can be used across other curriculum areas.


Key Stage 3

At KS3, all pupils follow a series of key topics which are then differentiated to suit the needs of the pupils. The KS3 curriculum has been designed to ensure pupils explore topics and reasoning within mathematics to a greater depth to ensure they are prepared for KS4.


Year 7 curriculum:

Autumn 1:


Place value, addition and subtraction

(1a) Place value (including decimals), (1b) Add and subtract (inc. decimals),

(1c) Estimation, (1d) Perimeter

Autumn 2:


Place value, multiplication and division

(2a) Factors, HCF, multiples, LCM, (2b) Multiply and divide (including decimals),

(2c) Area of rectangle and triangle, (2d) Calculate the mean

Spring 1:

Geometry: 2D shape in a 3D world

(3a) Draw, measure and name acute and obtuse angles,

(3b) Find unknown angles (straight lines, at a point, vertically opposite),

(3c) Properties of triangles and quadrilaterals

Spring 2:


(4a) Equivalent fractions, (4b) Compare and order fractions and decimals,

(4c) Change mixed numbers to improper fractions and vice versa,

(4d) Fraction of a quantity, (4e) Multiply and divide fractions

Summer 1:

Applications of algebra

(5a) Order of operations, (5b) Substitution, (5c) Simplify algebraic expressions,

(5d) Solve word problems with expressions, (5e) Sequences (term-to-term, not nth term)

Summer 2:

Percentages and pie charts

(6a) Construct and interpret statistical diagrams including pie charts,

(6b) Convert between percentages, vulgar fractions and decimals,

(6c) Percentage of a quantity, (6d) Find the whole given the part and the percentage


Year 8 curriculum:

Autumn 1:


(1a) Primes and indices, (1b) Prime factorisation to find LCM, HCF, squares, cubes,

(1c) Venn diagrams, (1d) Enumerating sets, (1e) Add and subtract fractions

Autumn 2:

Algebraic expressions

(2a) Negative numbers and inequality statements,

(2b) Formulate and evaluate expressions, (2c) Linear equations,

(2d) Expressions and equations from real-world situations, (2e) Linear sequences: nth term

Spring 1:

2-D geometry

(3a) Draw accurate triangles and quadrilaterals (ruler, protractor, compasses), (3b) Find unknown angles (including parallel lines),

(3c) Conversion between length units and between area units,

(3d) Areas and perimeters of composite figures, (3e) Areas of parallelograms and trapeziums

Spring 2:

Proportional reasoning

(4a) Convert between percentages, vulgar fractions and decimals,

(4b) Percentage increase and decrease, finding the whole given the part and the percentage,

(4c) Ratio (equivalent, of a quantity) and rate, (4d) Speed, distance, time

Summer 1:

3-D geometry

(5a) Rounding, significant figures and estimation, (5b) Circumference and area of a circle, (5c) Visualise and identify 3-D shapes and their nets,

(5d) Volume of cuboid, prism, cylinder, composite solids

Summer 2:


(6a) Collect and organise data, (6b) Interpret and compare statistical representations,

(6c) Mean, median and mode averages, (6d) The range and outliers


Key Stage 4

At KS4, all pupils at Platanos College follow the curriculum outlined below. It is the case that pupils will cover a range of topics which span both the foundation and higher specifications. In Year 9, pupils begin the GCSE course and the KS4 curriculum builds on KS3 content. It is challenging and the complexity is designed to ensure pupils are exploring a range of reasoning and problem-solving questions.

Year 9 Foundation:


1.1 Calculations, 1.2 Decimal numbers, 1.3 Place value, 1.4 Factors and multiples,

1.5 Squares, cubes and roots, 1.6 Index notation, 1.7 Prime factors


2.1 Algebraic expressions, 2.2 Simplifying expressions, 2.3 Substitution, 2.4 Formulae,

2.5 Expanding brackets, 2.6 Factorising, 2.7 Using expressions and formulae

Graphs, tables and charts

3.1 Frequency tables, 3.2 Two-way tables, 3.3 Representing data, 3.4 Time series,

3.5 Stem and leaf diagrams, 3.6 Pie charts, 3.7 Scatter graphs, 3.8 Line of best fit

Fractions and percentages

4.1 Working with fractions, 4.2 Operations with fractions, 4.3 Multiplying fractions, 4.4 Dividing fractions, 4.5 Fractions and decimals, 4.6 Fractions and percentages,

4.7 Calculating percentages 1, 4.8 Calculating percentages 2Equations, inequalities and sequences

5.1 Solving equations 1, 5.2 Solving equations 2, 5.3 Solving equations with brackets, 5.4 Introducing inequalities, 5.5 More inequalities, 5.6 More formulae, 5.7 Generating sequences, 5.8 Using the nth term of a sequence


6.1 Properties of shapes, 6.2 Angles in parallel lines, 6.3 Angles in triangles, 6.4 Exterior and interior angles, 6.5 More exterior and interior angles, 6.6 Geometrical patterns

Averages and range

7.1 Mean and range, 7.2 Mode, median and range, 7.3 Types of average, 7.4 Estimating the mean, 7.5 Sampling

Perimeter, area and volume 1

8.1 Rectangles, parallelograms and triangles, 8.2 Trapezia and changing units, 8.3 Area of compound shapes, 8.4 Surface area of 3D solids, 8.5 Volume of prisms, 8.6 More volume and surface area


Year 9 Higher:


1.1 Number problems and reasoning, 1.2 Place value and estimating, 1.3 HCF and LCM, 1.4 Calculating with powers (indices), 1.5 Zero, negative and fractional indices, 1.6 Powers of 10 and standard form, 1.7 Surds


2.1 Algebraic indices, 2.2 Expanding and factorising, 2.3 Equations, 2.4 Formulae, 2.5 Linear sequences, 2.6 Non-linear sequences, 2.7 More expanding and factorising

Interpreting and representing data

3.1 Statistical diagrams 1, 3.2 Time series, 3.3 Scatter graphs, 3.4 Line of best fit,

3.5 Averages and range, 3.6 Statistical diagrams 2

Fractions, ratio and percentages

4.1 Fractions, 4.2 Ratios, 4.3 Ratio and proportion, 4.4 Percentages, 4.5 Fractions, decimals and percentages

Angles and trigonometry

5.1 Angle properties of triangles and quadrilaterals, 5.2 Interior angles of a polygon,

5.3 Exterior angles of a polygon, 5.4 Pythagoras’ theorem 1, 5.5 Pythagoras’ theorem 2,

5.6 Trigonometry 1, 5.7 Trigonometry 2


6.1 Linear graphs, 6.2 More linear graphs, 6.3 Graphing rates of change, 6.4 Real-life graphs, 6.5 Line segments, 6.6 Quadratic graphs, 6.7 Cubic and reciprocal graphs, 6.8 More graphs

Area and volume

7.1 Perimeter and area, 7.2 Units and accuracy, 7.3 Prisms, 7.4 Circles, 7.5 Sectors of circles, 7.6 Cylinders and spheres, 7.7 Pyramids and cones


In Year 10, pupils continue with the GCSE course. The curriculum builds on many topics introduced in year 9.

Year 10 Foundation:


9.1 Coordinates, 9.2 Linear graphs, 9.3 Gradient, 9.4 y = mx + c, 9.5 Real-life graphs, 9.6 Distance-time graphs, 9.7 More real-life graphs


10.1 Translation, 10.2 Reflection, 10.3 Rotation, 10.4 Enlargement,

10.5 Describing enlargements, 10.6 Combining transformations

Ratio and proportion

11.1 Writing ratios, 11.2 Using ratios 1, 11.3 Ratios and measures, 11.4 Using ratios 2,

11.5 Comparing using ratios, 11.6 Using proportion, 11.7 Proportion and graphs,

11.8 Proportion problems

Right-angled triangles

12.1 Pythagoras' theorem 1, 12.2 Pythagoras' theorem 2, 12.3 Trigonometry: the sine ratio 1, 12.4 Trigonometry: the sine ratio 2, 12.5 Trigonometry: the cosine ratio, 12.6 Trigonometry: the tangent ratio, 12.7 Finding lengths and angles using trigonometry


13.1 Calculating probability, 13.2 Two events, 13.3 Experimental probability,

13.4 Venn diagrams, 13.5 Tree diagrams, 13.6 More tree diagrams

Multiplicative reasoning

14.1 Percentages, 14.2 Growth and decay, 14.3 Compound measures,

14.4 Distance, speed and time, 14.5 Direct and inverse proportion

Constructions, loci and bearings

15.1 3D solids, 15.2 Plans and elevations, 15.3 Accurate drawings 1, 15.4 Scale drawings and maps, 15.5 Accurate drawings 2, 15.6 Constructions, 15.7 Loci and regions, 15.8 Bearings

Quadratic equations and graphs

16.1 Expanding double brackets, 16.2 Plotting quadratic graphs, 16.3 Using quadratic graphs, 16.4 Factorising quadratic expressions, 16.5 Solving quadratic equations algebraically

Perimeter, area and volume 2

17.1 Circumference of a circle 1, 17.2 Circumference of a circle 2, 17.3 Area of a circle,

17.4 Semicircles and sectors, 17.5 Composite 2D shapes and cylinders,

17.6 Pyramids and cones, 17.7 Spheres and composite solids


Year 10 Higher:

Transformations and constructions

8.1 3D solids, 8.2 Reflection and rotation, 8.3 Enlargement, 8.4 Transformations and combinations of transformations, 8.5 Bearings and scale drawings, 8.6 Constructions 1,

8.7 Constructions 2, 8.8 Loci

Equations and inequalities

9.1 Solving quadratic equations 1, 9.2 Solving quadratic equations 2, 9.3 Completing the square, 9.4 Solving simple simultaneous equations, 9.5 More simultaneous equations,

9.6 Solving linear and quadratic simultaneous equations, 9.7 Solving linear inequalities


10.1 Combined events, 10.2 Mutually exclusive events, 10.3 Experimental probability,

10.4 Independent events and tree diagrams, 10.5 Conditional probability,

10.6 Venn diagrams and set notation

Multiplicative reasoning

11.1 Growth and decay, 11.2 Compound measures, 11.3 More compound measures,

11.4 Ratio and proportion

Similarity and congruence

12.1 Congruence, 12.2 Geometric proof and congruence, 12.3 Similarity,

12.4 More similarity, 12.5 Similarity in 3D solids

More trigonometry

13.1 Accuracy, 13.2 Graph of the sine function, 13.3 Graph of the cosine function, 13.4 The tangent function, 13.5 Calculating areas and the sine rule, 13.6 The cosine rule and 2D trigonometric problems, 13.7 Solving problems in 3D, 13.8 Transforming trigonometric graphs 1, 13.9 Transforming trigonometric graphs 2

Further statistics

14.1 Sampling, 14.2 Cumulative frequency, 14.3 Box plots, 14.4 Drawing histograms,

14.5 Interpreting histograms, 14.6 Comparing and describing populations



In Year 11, pupils have exposure to higher level topics and they will also review key aspects of the GCSE specification.

Year 11 Foundation:

Fractions, indices and standard form

18.1 Multiplying and dividing fractions, 18.2 The laws of indices, 18.3 Writing large numbers in standard form, 18.4 Writing small numbers in standard form, 18.5 Calculating with standard form

Congruence, similarity and vectors

19.1 Similarity and enlargement, 19.2 More similarity, 19.3 Using similarity, 19.4 Congruence 1, 19.5 Congruence 2,

19.6 Vectors 1, 19.7 Vectors 2

More algebra

20.1 Graphs of cubic and reciprocal functions, 20.2 Non-linear graphs, 20.3 Solving simultaneous equations graphically, 20.4 Solving simultaneous equations algebraically,

20.5 Rearranging formulae, 20.6 Proof


Year 11 Higher:

Equations and graphs

15.1 Solving simultaneous equations graphically, 15.2 Representing inequalities graphically, 15.3 Graphs of quadratic functions, 15.4 Solving quadratic equations graphically,

15.5 Graphs of cubic functions

Circle theorems

16.1 Radii and chords, 16.2 Tangents, 16.3 Angles in circles 1, 16.4 Angles in circles 2,

16.5 Applying circle theorems

More algebra

17.1 Rearranging formulae, 17.2 Algebraic fractions, 17.3 Simplifying algebraic fractions,

17.4 More algebraic fractions, 17.5 Surds, 17.6 Solving algebraic fraction equations,

17.7 Functions, 17.8 Proof

Vectors and geometric proof

18 Vectors and geometric proof, 18.2 Vector arithmetic, 18.3 More vector arithmetic,

18.4 Parallel vectors and collinear points, 18.5 Solving geometric problems

Proportion and graphs

19.1 Direct proportion, 19.2 More direct proportion, 19.3 Inverse proportion,

19.4 Exponential functions, 19.5 Non-linear graphs, 19.6 Translating graphs of functions,

19.7 Reflecting and stretching graphs of functions


Free standing maths qualifications

In addition to GCSE Mathematics, the highest attaining pupils are offered the opportunity to gain qualifications in Further Maths (a level 2 qualification) or Additional Maths (a level 3 qualification). 

Further Maths

Numbers and the number system

Manipulating algebraic expressions

Graphs of functions

Linear and quadratic equations

Algebraic proof

Co-ordinate geometry

Pythagoras’ theorem

Trigonometric functions

Trigonometrical identities



Additional Maths

Algebraic manipulation

Polynomials, functions and equations

Applications of equations and inequalities

Sequences and recurrence of relationships

Coordinate geometry

Trigonometric functions

Applications of trigonometry

Permutations and combinations

The binomial distribution

Exponentials and logarithms

Numerical methods



Application to kinematics




We have high expectations for all our pupils and ensure that every learner is challenged and supported to reach their full potential.