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At Parrs Wood High School we have a strong and successful maths faculty. Our aim is for our students to develop a real interest in maths, by deepening their understanding and developing their reasoning skills to become competent mathematicians.

We believe that a strong understanding of maths helps students to understand the world around them and allows them to make reasoned choices in their lives outside school. The Maths Faculty strives to provide a rich and meaningful course to ensure that all pupils can access and enjoy the curriculum and reach their full potential.

We want to give students the confidence to embrace mathematical challenges that they encounter as adults using the problem-solving skills they have developed as students.

Mathematics is a popular subject at Parrs Wood with a high number of pupils choosing to continue its study into A-Level.

Equipment Required

  • Pen
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Rubber
  • Sharpener
  • Scientific calculator (we recommend the CASIO fx-83GT plus)
  • Protractor (ideally 360 degrees)
  • Pair of compasses

Mathematical equipment along with the rest of the simple 7 (inc. Casio fx-83GT plus) can be purchased from the stationary shop on site. Students can also spend their rewards points on equipment from the online portal with next-day collection available.

Useful Links

Our staff highly recommend these links for students to visit as they contain useful resources to assist in this particular subject area

Key Stage 3

Students are facilitated in the development of their number, data handling and geometry skills and be introduced to algebra and probability. Topics are taught in line with the National Curriculum and are taught in a variety of formats and key numeracy skills are regularly revisited. By the end of Key Stage 3, pupils will have mastered the essential numeracy skills and have a solid foundation of topics to enable them to succeed at GCSE at the appropriate level.

Year 7


  • Basic Arithmetic and Negative Numbers
  • Fractions, Decimals and Percentages
  • Squares, Cubes and Roots
  • Multiples Factors Primes
  • Estimation
  • Ratio


  • Algebra Simplifying and Solving
  • Inequalities
  • Sequences


  • Measures
  • Area, Perimeter and Volume
  • Angles
  • Transformations
  • 3D-shapes

Data Handling:

  • Sets, Venn Diagrams and Probability
  • Representing Data

Year 8


  • Indices, Roots, Powers
  • Standard form, Estimation and Accuracy
  • Fractions, Decimals and Percentages


  • Manipulating Brackets and Solving Equations
  • Graphs
  • Solving


  • Pythagoras
  • Enlargement and similarity
  • Construction and loci
  • Angles and Bearings
  • Transformation
  • Volume and surface area

Data Handling:

  • Probability
  • Averages
  • Representing Data

Year 9


  • Reverse Percentages and Compound Interest
  • Rounding and estimation
  • Solve ratio and proportion questions


  • Algebraic manipulation
  • Sequences
  • Functions and graphs


  • Pythagoras and trigonometry
  • Angles and Bearings
  • Transformations and similarity

Data Handling:

  • Averages from tables
  • Statistical diagrams
  • Probability and Tree Diagrams

Key Stage 4

At KS4, our Maths curriculum builds on the skills that pupils have gained at KS3. We develop problem solving techniques so that pupils can reason mathematically and break down information and decide on the mathematical skills that are needed to solve more complex problems. We expose students to exam style questions to prepare them for the GCSE and we ensure that pupils are challenged. By the end of KS4, students are aim is for all students to achieve success at GCSE and have problem-solving skills necessary for further education or to secure employment and for life as an adult.

Year 10:

Foundation Higher
Integers and place value Indices, roots, reciprocals and hierarchy of operations
Decimals Standard form and Surds
Indices, Powers and Roots Algebra: the basics, setting up, rearranging and solving equations
Factors, Multiples and Primes Graphs: the basic and real life graphs
Fractions and FDP conversion Percentages
Properties of shape, parallel lines and angle facts Fractions
Perimeter, area and volume Ratio and proportion
Plans and Elevations  Linear graphs and coordinate Geometry
Percentages Probability
Ratio Pythagoras
Proportion Trigonometry
Probability Sequences
Tables, charts and graphs Calculations, checking and rounding
Pie charts Solving quadratics, factorising, completing the square, quadratic formula
Statistics, sampling and averages Perimeter, area and circles
Algebra: the basics 3D forms and volume, cylinders, cones and spheres
Expressions and substitution into formulae Accuracy and bounds
Equations and inequalities Polygons, angles and Parallel lines
Sequences Constructions, Loci and bearings
Representing and interpreting data and scatter graphs

Collecting Data


Cumulative frequency, box plots and histograms


Averages and range

Year 11:

Foundation Intermediate Higher
Indices and Standard Form Indices and Standard Form Revision of linear graphs and coordinate Geometry
Fractions, decimals and percentages Rounding, bounding and error intervals Surds
Algebraic manipulation Angles and parallel lines Changing the subject of a formula
Angle facts Pythagoras Solving quadratics, factorising, complete the square, formula
Straight line graphs Trigonometry Algebraic fractions and solving equations
Probability and Venn diagrams Compound measures Proof
Circles Solving quadratics Iteration
Equations and equalities Linear graphs and coordinate Geometry Circle geometry
Ratio and compound measures Perimeter, area and volume Solving inequalities: linear, graphically and quadratics 
Proportion Congruence and similarity of 2D and 3D Functions
Pythagoras Percentages Reciprocal and exponential graphs, gradient and area under graphs
Trigonometry Factors, multiples and primes  Vectors and geometric proof
Volume and surface area Transformations Further Trigonometry
Transformations of shapes and vectors Functions Probability
Quadratics Iteration  Cumulative frequency, box plots and histograms
Quadratic graphs Sequences Transformations
Scatter diagrams Ratio and exchange rates Constructions bearings and Loci

Rearranging equations, graphs of cubic and reciprocal 


Direct and inverse proportion Sequences/Quadratic sequences


Quadratics and Simultaneous equations Quadratic and linear simultaneous equations

Similarity and congruence 2D

Solving inequalities  Direct and inverse proportion

Simultaneous equations

Probability Circle theorems and proofs


Averages and range Congruence and similarity of 2D and 3D


Cumulative frequency and box plots Trigonometric graphs and ratios


Plans and elevations, constructions and bearings Transformations of functions


Frequency polygons and scatter diagrams

Key Stage 5

At Key Stage 5 we have three courses that enable students to continue their study of maths post 16 at a level suitable to them. The courses allow our students to progress in careers where there is a higher level of mathematic content and deepens their understanding, building on their prior knowledge.

We offer the following subjects at Parrs Wood Sixth Form College:

Year 12:

  • Algebraic Methods
  • Algebraic Expressions
  • The binomial expansion
  • Quadratics
  • Line Geometry
  • Equations and Inequalities
  • Graphs and Transformations
  • Differentiation
  • Exponentials
  • Integration
  • Logarithms
  • Trigonometric Ratios
  • Circles
  • Trig identities and Equations
  • Data Collection
  • Vectors
  • Measures of location and spread
  • Modelling in Mechanics
  • Representations of data
  • Constant Acceleration
  • Correlation
  • Forces and motion
  • Probability
  • Variable Acceleration
  • Probability Distributions
  • Hypothesis Testing

Year 13:

  • Algebraic Methods
  • Radians
  • Functions and Graphs
  • Trigonometric Functions
  • Sequences and Series
  • Differentiation
  • Binomial Expansion
  • Trigonometry and Modelling
  • Parametric
  • Integration
  • Numerical Methods
  • Vectors
  • Normal Distribution
  • Moments
  • Regression Hypothesis Testing
  • Forces and Friction
  • Conditional Probability
  • Projectiles
  • Applications of Forces

  • A Level Bridging Pack

    In order to be prepared for a successful year of AS Mathematics we expect all of our new students to download and complete the A level Mathematics bridging pack. If you can complete this pack and are comfortable will all of the skills involved then you will have a good foundation on which to build upon during your first year of the course. If you struggle with any topics in the pack then we would advise you to seek help at your first available opportunity in order to bring your skills up to the required level.

    Click here to download the bridging pack.

    Some websites that students may find useful at KS5 include:


    Director of Faculty: S. Anderson (s.anderson@pwhs.co.uk)

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