Leeds West Academy



Mathematics is a subject that all students need. In addition to the acquisition of vital numeracy skills needed for the future, it is also a field that should be enjoyed.

It is the aim of the Maths department that all students become fluent and confident with Mathematics. The study of Mathematics can provide answers to everyday questions that cannot be solved in any other way. More than just being a subject and qualification which is required at school, it is a subject of wonder and joy. Problems are used in lessons to provide enjoyment and foster creativity. 

At KS3 level there is a big focus in the lessons on becoming fluent with the basic skills before progressing on to reason answers, in slightly different context and then problem solving in an unfamiliar or unusual way.  

Problem solving now makes up a key role in the National curriculum and in exams at all levels. It is for this reason that we train the students to attempt questions in different ways and we build up the ability of the pupils to become resilient and persevere with the work, even when it seems difficult. 

The aims and objectives of the Mathematics GCSE are to enable students to: 

  • develop fluent knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts 
  • acquire, select and apply mathematical techniques to solve problems
  • reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences, and draw conclusions
  • comprehend, interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context. 

The study of the GCSE material begins in year 9 and during the three years the students cover the following six areas: 

1 Number 

2 Algebra 

3 Ratio, proportion and rates of change 

4 Geometry and measures 

5 Probability 

6 Statistics 

Courses in Maths

Key Stage 4

  • GCSE Mathematics (9-1) (Edexcel)  


Year 7 Curriculum Breakdown

Half Term


Sub topic






Algebraic Thinking

  • Sequences
  • Understand and use algebraic notation
  • Equality and equivalence


Place Value & Proportion

  •  Place value and ordering integers and decimals
  • Fraction, decimal and percentage equivalence







Applications of Number

  • Solving problems with addition & subtraction
  • Solving problems with multiplication & Division
  • Fractions & percentages of amounts

Directed Number

Operations and equations with directed number

Fractional Thinking

Addition and subtraction of fractions



Lines & Angles

  • Constructing, measuring & using geometric notation
  • Developing geometric

Reasoning with Number

  • Developing number sense
  • Sets & Probability
  • Prime numbers & proof

Year 8 Curriculum Breakdown

Half Term


Sub topic






Proportional Reasoning

  • Ratio & Scale
  • Multiplicative change
  • Multiplying & dividing fractions


  • Working in the cartesian plane
  • Representing data
  • Tables & probability







Algebraic Techniques

  • Brackets, equations & inequalities
  • Sequences
  • Indices

Developing Number

  • Fractions & percentages
  • Standard index form
  • Number sense



Developing Geometry

  • Angles in parallel lines
  • Area of trapezia & circles
  • Line Symmetry & reflection

Reasoning with Data

  • The data handling cycle
  • measures of location

Year 9 SOL overview

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Key Stage 4 Curriculum Breakdown

Foundation (Lower)

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341.pngYear 10 (1)


    341.png Year 10 (2)

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For further information on the curriculum offered please contact Richard Jagger, Curriculum Leader, jagger.r@whiteroseacademies.org 0113 299 5454.