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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.




In Years 7/8 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 2016 1-9 GCSE syllabus. The curriculum is broken down into KPI units that build on previous knowledge.  Topics covered  can be grouped into the following common areas:

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

Students will be continually assessed in class throughout the year using Key performance Indicator (KPI) tests to monitor progress and inform of strengths and weaknesses. They will also have 2 formal assessments during the year, at Christmas and in the summer. These assessments are analysed and a summary of the students strengths and weaknesses in each topic area are created in the form of a Question Level Analysis form (QLA). All of this information allows us to evaluate the  strengths and weaknesses of each child/teaching group/year.



Year 9, 10 students will follow a similar assessment structure consisting of KPI tests and two formal exams with QLAs in order to fully prepare them for the rigours of their terminal examinations at the end of Year 11.  This KPI focus and tracking will continue through until the curriculum is finished in Year 11 (typically around early spring) where students will then begin exam preparation in the form of topic reviews and exam question practice.

All years 9, 10 and 11 are following the 3 year GCSE pathway from year 9.

The schemes of work for KS3 and KS4 (curriculum overviews) can be found in the file tree at the bottom of this page.


Revision Links

Mr Barton GCSE Resources

Access Maths - Revision Resource

OnMaths - Online Practice Paper Revision Tool

Hegarty Maths

Corbett Maths

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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