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Curriculum
Having strong number skills is associated with improved health, financial security and happiness in later life. At Isleworth & Syon, we are equally as proud of the fact that we are preparing our boys for a better future as we are of our strong examination results and the number of boys who go on to study mathematics at university.
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Curriculum Leader 


Mr S Everett  
Deputy Curriculum Leader 

Mr J Barry  
Assistant Curriculum Leader 

Mr M Issa  
Teaching Staff 

Mr S Akrofi  Ms A Cahill 
Ms B Conway  Mr E Ferguson 
Miss E Highfield  Mrs R Kaur 
Mr J Scalise 
Summary
We start with a strong focus on number skills so that pupils are not only fluent in the basics, but can apply them to different settings, identify misconceptions and use them to solve problems. In Year 7, students sit the Level 1 and 2 Isleworth & Syon Number Awards. Our aim is to stretch and challenge our pupils but only to move on in our teaching when they understand the essential building blocks. At all stages, extension activities are available in the form of more challenging problems aimed both at developing a deep understanding of the topic and making the next steps in gaining knowledge.
Curriculum Content
Curriculum
Number Properties 1
Developing strong mental and written maths abilities and an appreciation for the size of numbers represented in different forms.
Number Properties 2
Recognising special numbers such as squares and cubes. Working on problems involving factors and multiples.
Geometry and Measures
Measure angles and solve missing angle problems. Calculate the area and perimeter of shapes such as rectangles and triangles.
Fractions, Decimals and Percentages
Understand the equivalency between fractions, decimals and percentages; use these to compare proportions of amounts.
Approximation
Round to a given number of decimal places or significant figures. Check calculations are accurate using estimation.
Proportion
Divide amounts in a given ration. Understand the relationship between ratios and fractions of a total.
Algebra 1
Substitute in to formulae. Understand algebraic notation and simplify expressions.
Algebra 2
Solve linear equations. Expand a bracket.
Ratio and Scale
Construct and interpret scale drawings.
Assessment
Ongoing assessments
Regular informal assessments in class will allow students to demonstrate fluency, reasoning, application, a knowledge of misconceptions and the ability to solve problems. These are all collected in the Mastery Folders that each of our boys has at school. Teachers respond to the work in these booklets to indicate the next steps in learning. There are also endofterm assessments which cover the topics studied in that term.
The Isleworth & Syon Awards
These awards are designed to check pupils’ understanding of the core mathematical skills. There is a Level 1 and Level 2 award which pupils sit according to ability; the opportunity is there for pupils to progress from one to the other. This assessment is in the form of a formal examination.
End of Year
Endofyear examinations provide the opportunity for boys to demonstrate the progress they have made towards becoming rounded mathematicians.
Progress & Preparation Activities (PPA)
Further Resources
The school has a subscription to The Day, an online news service for schools. Click the button to the right, in order to view activities and discussion points for mathematics. You can log in with the following details:
Pass: theday
Please see below for a number of resources to maximise students’ progress during their Year 7 curriculum.
 Number and Measure L1 Skills and Examples – details of the content of the Level 1 Award and example questions
 Number and Measure L2 Skills and Examples – details of the content of the Level 2 Award and example questions – aimed at the most able students
Curriculum
Sequences and Graphs
Spot patterns and continue sequences. Find the position to term rule of an arithmetic sequence. Plot the graph of a linear function.
Collecting and Interpreting Data
Know how to describe different types of data. Be able to construct and critically interpret bar charts, line graphs and pie charts. Use the three averages and range to describe and compare multiple data sets.
Shape Properties
Be able to identify common 2D and 3D shapes from a description of their properties. Be able to annotate geometric drawings.
Transformations
Understand the meaning of congruent and similar. Carry out and describe enlargements from a point. Transform and describe rotations.
Probability
Understand the probability scale and be able to find the probability of an even not happening given the probability that it will happen. Carry out experiments to estimate the probability of something happening.
Triangles and Constructions
Solve problems involving missing lengths in similar shapes. Construct triangles using protractors, pairs of compasses and rulers.
Interpreting Data
Construct scatter diagrams and describe the relationship shown between two variables. Understand the difference between interpolation and extrapolation. Draw and extract information from stem and leaf diagrams.
Circles
Identify and label the key parts of a circle. Solve problems involving circle areas and perimeters.
Solving Equations and Inequalities
Solve one and twostep equations including with brackets. Create an equation from a worded problem.
Plotting and Sketching Graphs
Construct linear and quadratic graphs. Use conversion graphs. Explain the difference between negative and positive gradient.
Assessment
Ongoing assessments
Regular informal assessments in class will allow students to demonstrate fluency, reasoning, application, a knowledge of misconceptions and the ability to solve problems. These are all contained in the Mastery Folders that each of our boys has at school. Teachers respond to the work in these booklets to indicate the next steps in learning.
Termly and End of Year
Examinations provide the opportunity for boys to demonstrate the progress they have made towards becoming rounded mathematicians.
Progress & Preparation Activities (PPA)
Further Resources
The school has a subscription to The Day, an online news service for schools. Click the button to the right, in order to view activities and discussion points for mathematics. You can log in with the following details:
Pass: theday
Please see below for a number of resources to maximise students’ progress during their Year 8 curriculum.
Summary
GCSE Mathematics
Level: GCSE
Examination Board: Edexcel
Curriculum
Number
 Integers and place value
 Decimals
 Indices, powers and roots
 Factors, multiples and primes
Algebra
 The basics
 Expanding and factorising single brackets
 Expressions and substitution into formulae
Graphs, tables and charts
 Tables, charts and graphs
 Pie charts
 Scatter graphs
Fractions, decimals and percentages
Equations, inequalities and sequences
Angles
 Properties of shapes, parallel lines and angle facts
 Interior and exterior angles of polygons
Averages and range
 Statistics and sampling
 The different averages
Perimeter, area and volume
Number
 Calculations and checking
 Indices, roots, hierarchy of operations
 Factors, multiples and primes
 Standard form and surds
Algebra
 Basics
 Setting up, rearranging and solving equations
 Sequences
Graphs
 Basics and reallife graphs
 Linear graphs and coordinate geometry
 Quadratic, cubic and other graphs
Area and volume
 Perimeter, area and circles
 3D forms and volume, cylinders, cones and spheres
 Accuracy and bounds
Transformation and constructions
 Transformations
 Constrictions, loci and bearings
Interpreting and representing data
 Averages and range
 resenting and interpreting data
 Scatter graphs
Fractions, ratio and proportion
 Fractions
 Percentages
 Ratio and proportion
Assessment
Ongoing assessments
Regular informal assessments in class will allow students to demonstrate fluency, reasoning, application, a knowledge of misconceptions and the ability to solve problems. These are all contained in the Mastery Folders that each of our boys has at school. Teachers respond to the work in these booklets to indicate the next steps in learning.
Termly and End of Year
Examinations provide the opportunity for boys to demonstrate the progress they have made towards becoming rounded mathematicians. Tests in Year 9 start to include questions from GCSE examinations.
Progress & Preparation Activities (PPA)
Further Resources
The school has a subscription to The Day, an online news service for schools. Click the button to the right, in order to view activities and discussion points for mathematics. You can log in with the following details:
Pass: theday
Please see below for a number of resources to maximise students’ progress during their Year 9 curriculum.
Curriculum
In Year 10, students will study the following topics:
Graphs, tables and charts
 Tables, charts and graphs
 Pie charts
 Scatter graphs
Graphs
 Reallife graphs
 Straightline graphs
Averages and range
 Statistics and sampling
 The averages
Transformations
 Translations, rotations and reflections
 Enlargements and combinations
Probability
Rightangles triangles
 Pythagoras and trigonometry
Multiplicative reasoning
Constructions, loci and bearings
 Plans and elevations
 Constructions, loci and bearings
Quadratic equations and graphs
 Expanding and factorising
 Quadratic graphs
Perimeter, area and volume
 Circles, cylinders, cones and spheres
Graphs
 Basics and reallife graphs
 Linear graphs and coordinate geometry
 Quadratic, cubic and other graphs
Transformation and constructions
 Transformations
 Constrictions, loci and bearings
Interpreting and representing data
 Averages and range
 Representing and interpreting data
 Scatter graphs
Further statistics
 Collecting data
 Cumulative frequency, box plots and histograms
Angles and trigonometry
 Polygons, angles and parallel lines
 Pythagoras’ Theorem and trigonometry
Equations and inequalities
 Solving quadratic and simultaneous equations
 Inequalities
Probability
 Equations and graphs
 Quadratics, expanding more than two brackets, sketching graphs, graphs of circles, cubes and quadratics
Circle theorems and circle geometry
Assessment
Ongoing assessment in class provides opportunities for feedback on how pupils can improve. An end of year exam gives a measure how pupils are progressing towards the examinations in Year 11.
External examinations in Year 10 are for GCSE Statistics (see below), not GCSE Mathematics.
Progress & Preparation Activities (PPA)
Please see below for details of the Year 10 Preparation & Progress Activities (PPA). Each document refers to a half term; six PPA sheets will be posted over the course of this year.
Foundation:
Higher:
Further Resources
The school has a subscription to The Day, an online news service for schools. Click the button to the right, in order to view activities and discussion points for mathematics. You can log in with the following details:
Pass: theday
Please see below for a number of resources to maximise students’ progress during their Year 10 curriculum.
 NRICH – resources, articles and challenges for able lower secondary pupils.
 Heggarty Maths – an incredible free resource with videos on all topics. This is a highly recommended site.
Curriculum
In Year 11, students will study the following topics:
 Algebra, equations, inequalities and sequences
 Angles, perimeter, area and volume
 Transformations
 Ratio and proportion
 Rightangles triangles
 Construction, loci and bearings
 Quadratic equations and graphs
 Fractions, indices and standard form
 Congruence, similarity and vectors
 Standard form and surds
 Percentages
 Solving equations and simplifying algebraic fractions
 Proportion, ratio and scale
 Function notation
 Transformations
 Pythagoras’ Theorem and trigonometry
 Circle geometry
 Direct and indirect proportion
 Solving quadratic equations
 Transformations of graphs
Assessment
Written examination (calculator 1) – 1 hour 30 minutes – 33.3% of GCSE
Written examination (calculator 2) – 1 hour 30 minutes – 33.3% of GCSE
Written examination (noncalculator) – 1 hour 30 minutes – 33.3% of GCSE
Further Resources
The school has a subscription to The Day, an online news service for schools. Click the button to the right, in order to view activities and discussion points for mathematics. You can log in with the following details:
Pass: theday
Please see below for a number of resources to maximise students’ progress during their Year 11 curriculum.
 PiXL Maths – an excellent tool for identifying areas to work on and videos to help students to improve.
 NRICH – resources, articles and challenges for able lower secondary pupils.
 Heggarty Maths – an incredible free resource with videos on all topics. This is a highly recommended site.
GCSE Statistics
Level: GCSE
Examination Board: Edexcel
Curriculum
Topics are integrated with the GCSE Mathematics curriculum above.
Assessment
Written examination – 1 hour 30 minutes – 50% of GCSE
Written examination – 1 hour 30 minutes – 50% of GCSE
Further Resources
The school has a subscription to The Day, an online news service for schools. Click the button to the right, in order to view activities and discussion points for mathematics. You can log in with the following details:
Pass: theday
Please see below for a number of resources to maximise students’ progress during their Year 10 curriculum.
 BBC Bitesize: GCSE Statistics – several videos applying the statistics taught in the course to the real world.
 YouTube: Statistics Revision Videos – good explanations of some key topics.
Summary
A level Mathematics
Level: ALevel
Examination Board: Edexcel
Curriculum
In Year 12, students take the following topics:
 Pure, covering the following topics: Algebra & Functions, Coordinate Geometry in the (x,y) plane, Sequences & Series, Differentiation, and Integration.
 Statistics, covering the following topics: Measures of Spread, Probability, Correlation, Regression, Discrete Random Variables and the Normal Distribution.
 Mechanics, covering the following topics: Kinematics, Collisions, Dynamics, Statics, Moments and Vectors
In Year 13, students will continue to study Pure, Statistics and Mechanics, expanding on the concepts they start in Year 12.
Assessment
Examinations
Assessment is by examination at the end of Year 13. This consists of three 2hour written papers – the first two papers cover pure mathematics and paper 3 is the statistics and mechanics paper. Each paper is weighted equally and each paper can cover topics covered in either Year 12 or Year 13.
Further Resources
The school has a subscription to The Day, an online news service for schools. Click the button to the right, in order to view activities and discussion points for mathematics. You can log in with the following details:
Pass: theday
Please see below for a number of resources to maximise students’ progress during their Year 12 curriculum.
 Heggarty Maths – an incredible free resource with videos on all topics. This is a highly recommended site.
 Exam solutions – videos explaining how to complete past exam questions. The best way to use this website is to attempt the question and then compare your working with the video.
 Chess club
 UK Maths Challenge activities (Junior, Intermediate, Senior)
 Team mathematics competitions