Maths Reading List

The Faculty

The Maths team is a forward thinking team who are committed to showing students the beauty of mathematics and making sure that they are able to use mathematics to succeed in whatever walk of life they choose.

Y7/8 Curriculum

Whether your child has previously struggled with Maths, or has shown a real aptitude to the subject, the early years of study at Oxford Spires will support them in progressing as rapidly as possible. For those that have struggled we have a specially designed course designed to reinforce the fundamental concepts of maths, place value, calculations, number facts and the like, whilst at the same time ensuring that they see and use the maths needed to progress. For those students who have shown real talent for the subject we offer a curriculum to stretch and challenge, which will introduce them to abstract concepts like using formulae, multiplying with algebra and the laws of indices quickly whilst making sure they don’t lose the real life applications of the subject – 2D and 3D shapes, volume and surface area, data handling and the like. For those in between we have a course which will ensure they don’t lose the basics, we look again at techniques for multiplying and dividing, coordinates, symmetry etc whilst also moving on to look at new topics like transformations, constructions and powers.

KS4 Curriculum

Students follow the Edexcel GCSE Mathematics Linear Specification (A) at either Foundation or Higher Tier. Students study the GCSE course over Years 9 and 10, sitting a mock exam at the end of Year 10. Based on their mock exam we will then spend Year 11 addressing any final topics that students need to revise before they take their GCSE exam in Year 11.

Maths A-Level

We offer A-level Mathematics and Further Mathematics following the Edexcel specification, both are linear qualifications with students grades determined by examinations at the end of Year 13. In A-level Mathematics students study a combination of pure mathematics, statistics and mechanics in both years of the course.  Whilst Further Mathematics provides the opportunity for high achieving students to have more in depth study of pure mathematics and mechanics, as well as introducing decision mathematics.  Both courses provide the opportunity for students to take an AS-level at the end of the first year.


Students must have all their maths equipment for every lesson. It is possible to purchase all of this through the school reprographics office.

  • Scientific calculator (we suggest the Casio fx-85GT plus available from the school Reprographic Department.)
  • Black or blue pen(s)
  • Sharp pencil(s)
  • Pencil sharpener
  • 30cm ruler
  • Protractor
  • Set of compasses with pencil leads or short pencil
  • Rubber

Maths Department

(Exam board: Edexcel for GCSE and for A level)


Success in maths:

  • Students should focus in the moment. Don’t think too much about what is next, think about what is now
  • Success in maths comes from: excellent behaviour; doing your best every single lesson; being in every lesson, doing everything that your teacher instructs you to do; completing every homework set to the best of your ability; revising for every unit test (which your teacher will tell you when it will be at the end of every unit) and revising properly for end of year or external exams

Homework – My Maths:

  • School log in: ocs
  • School password: addition
  • Students will be given new personal log ins and passwords every September
  • My Maths is used extensively for homework but other homework’s are set by many maths teachers
  • Homework is set as appropriate to the set that students are in and timed to coincide with the pace of work


  • We set in every year group
  • We have a fluid approach to moving students up or down sets
  • Set changes may occur with no prior notice to students
  • Maths teachers agree set changes between themselves with the final say from the Head of Maths
  • Setting is always done based on the departments view of what is in the best interest of the students
  • We do not move students up or down sets based on students or parents demands
  • Decisions are based on a variety and combination of measures: Year 6 data; term 1 testing; unit test results; average of unit test results; end of year tests; effort; class work quality; homework effort, completion and quality; how well (or not) students are coping with the work etc. and occasionally due to behaviour.

Schemes of work and assessment:

  • Are differentiated for years 7 and 8 at 3 levels: Lower, middle and higher tiers
  • Are differentiated for years 9,10 and 11: Higher or Foundation
  • Timing and pace of units depends on what teachers reasonably consider is appropriate for their groups – there is no calendar for when specific units will be covered. This is to allow for the building of confidence, fluency, problem-solving, reasoning and ultimately mastery
  • It is possible that not all units will be completed in years 7 or 8 for lower and middle tiers and that additional units might be added for higher tiers. Some groups might not cover all of the units before the end of year 11
  • Unit tests are conducted in class at the end of every unit
  • End of year and external tests are conducted as the school and exam board directs


  • Unit 1 Analysing and displaying data
  • Unit 2 Calculating
  • Unit 3 Expressions, functions and formulae
  • Unit 5 Factors and multiples
  • Unit 6 Decimals and measures
  • Unit 7 Angles and lines
  • Unit 8 Measuring and shapes
  • Unit 9 Fractions, decimals and percentages

MIDDLE: (SET 2 and 3)

  • Unit 1 Analysing and displaying data
  • Unit 2 Number skills
  • Unit 3 Expressions, functions and formulae
  • Unit 4 Decimals and measures
  • Unit 5 Fractions
  • Unit 6 Probability
  • Unit 7 Ratio and proportion
  • Unit 8 Lines and angles
  • Unit 9 Sequences and graphs
  • Unit 10 Transformations


  • Unit 1 Analysing and displaying data
  • Unit 2 Number skills
  • Unit 3 Equations, functions and formulae
  • Unit 4 Fractions
  • Unit 5 Angles and shapes
  • Unit 6 Decimals
  • Unit 7 Equations
  • Unit 8 Multiplicative reasoning
  • Unit 9 Perimeter, area and volume
  • Unit 10 Sequences and graphs


  • Unit 1 Number calculations
  • Unit 2 Sequences and equations
  • Unit 3 Statistics
  • Unit 4 Fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Unit 5 Geometry in 2D and 3D
  • Unit 6 Algebraic and real-life graphs
  • Unit 7 Multiplicative reasoning
  • Unit 8 Algebraic and geometric formulae
  • Unit 9 Probability
  • Unit 10 Polygons and transformations

MIDDLE: (SETS 2 and 3)

  • Unit 1 Number
  • Unit 2 Area and volume
  • Unit 3 Statistics, graphs and charts
  • Unit 4 Expressions and equations
  • Unit 5 Real-life graphs; Unit 9 Straight-line graphs
  • Unit 6 Decimals and ratio
  • Unit 7 Lines and angles
  • Unit 8 Calculating with fractions
  • Unit 9 Straight-line graphs
  • Unit 10 Percentages, decimals and fractions


  • Unit 1 Factors and powers
  • Unit 2 Working with powers
  • Unit 3 2D shapes and 3D solids
  • Unit 4 Real-life graphs
  • Unit 5 Transformations
  • Unit 6 Fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Unit 7 Constructions and loci
  • Unit 8 Probability
  • Unit 9 Scale drawings and measurements
  • Unit 10 Graphs

Topics covered in Years 9-11 for Higher and Foundation: (In class test at the end of each unit). Unit 1 starts in Year 9 and students’ normally progress to the final units before the end of Year 11.


GCSE (9-1) Foundation GCSE (9-1) Higher
Unit 2 Algebra Unit 2 Algebra
Unit 3 Graphs, tables and charts Unit 3 Interpreting and representing data
Unit 4 Fractions and percentages Unit 4 Fractions, ratio and proportion
Unit 5 Equations, inequalities and sequences Unit 5 Angles and trigonometry
Unit 6 Angles Unit 6 Graphs
Unit 7 Averages and range Unit 7 Area and volume
Unit 8 Perimeter, area and volume 1 Unit 8 Transformation and constructions
Unit 9 Graphs Unit 9 Equations and inequalities
Unit 10 Transformations Unit 10 Probability
Unit 11 Ratio and proportion Unit 11 Multiplicative reasoning
Unit 12 Right-angled triangles Unit 12 Similarly and congruence
Unit 13 Probability Unit 13 More trigonometry
Unit 14 Multiplicative reasoning Unit 14 Unit 14 Further statistics
Unit 15 Constructions, loci and bearings Unit 15 Equations and graphs
Unit 16 Quadratic equations and graphs Unit 16 Circle theorems
Unit 17 Perimeter, area and volume 2 Unit 17 More algebra
Unit 18 Fractions, indices and standard form Unit 18 Vectors and geometric proof
Unit 19 Congruence, similarity and vectors Unit 19 Proportion and graphs
Unit 20 More algebra

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