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At Carter, a real emphasis is placed on the quality of Maths learning across the years. Maths lessons are tailored to the abilities of the individual students and are designed to challenge and encourage the learning of the skills needed in the outside world. Students will:

  • Be allowed to explore and be creative, fostering an appreciation of the contribution Mathematics makes to the world around them.
  • Be expected to work at an appropriate level to their ability in the subject
  • Be expected to talk about their work and explain what they are doing using relevant mathematical language
  • Do aural, mental and investigative work as well as writing in their class book.

There are a range of apps that students use for their Ipads within Mathematics which are available on the Meraki software.  Students should bring their Ipads to every lesson.


In Years 7-9 the focus is on building confidence  and promoting fluency and mastery of basic mathematical skills in order to ensure students are properly prepared for the demands of the New 2014 GCSE syllabus. The curriculum is broken down into 17 units which include Maths in Everyday Maths applications.  Topics covered include:

  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Geometry and Measures
  • Statistics

Probability Information on the new KS3 Syllabus can be found on https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/239058/SECONDARY_national_curriculum_-_Mathematics.pdf

Students will be continually assessed in class throughout the year to monitor progress and inform of strengths and weaknesses. They will also have six formal assessments during the year, normally at the end of each half term. These help students to prepare for their terminal examinations and also allow them to see the progress they are making. At the end of each year, there will be a formal exam in the hall testing their progress across the year.


Current Year 9, 10 and 11 students are following the Pearson 2-year new GCSE course preparing for the Edexcel examination. This is a two tier entry qualification. Further details can be found at


As in Key Stage 3, Year 10 and 11 students will complete formal assessments every half term in order to fully prepare them for the rigours of their terminal examinations at the end of Year 11 and also show the progress they are making. 

Students that are below their target grade are invited to breakfast lunch and after school sessions.  Student support provides excellent numeracy sessions to aid students in fulfilling their potential. 

For Year 9 (3 year GCSE): https://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/GCSE/mathematics/2015/schemes-of-work/GCSE(9-1)_mathematics_3-year_Scheme_of_Work.docx

For Years 10 and 11 (2-year GCSE): https://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/GCSE/mathematics/2015/schemes-of-work/GCSE-9-1-Mathematics-Edexcel-2-year-Scheme-of-Work.docx

If you would like to discuss the work that we do or further information about the Maths curriculum then please contact Mrs T Deane at daviest@carter.poole.sch.uk


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