Maths Key Stage 4 – Year 9 (Higher)

Year 9 students begin following the new reformed Edexcel GCSE course as a 3 year period of study, internal assessments continue to use end of topic tests and half termly assessments. Students are prepared to sit their GCSE examination using the Edexcel Linear course, which contains 3 examinations (2 calculator and 1 non-calculator) at the end of year 11 with grades determined by performance across all papers, the final grade awarded will be on 9-1 scale. Students study at either Foundation or Higher Tier depending on their ability. Students are fully supported throughout the course with excellent resources, targeted teaching and many opportunities to attend extra support sessions

Students study the Mathematics National Curriculum and through this we aim to develop our students as follows:

  • a positive attitude towards mathematics, as well as competence and confidence in mathematical knowledge, concepts and skills;
  • an ability to solve problems, to reason, to think logically and to work systematically and logically;
  • the skills to use their own initiative and an ability to work both independently and in co-operation with others;
  • an ability to communicate through mathematics and to use and apply mathematics across the curriculum and in real life.
Year 9 Curriculum OverviewThemesUnit content
Term 11 Number

2 Algebra

1.1 Number problems and reasoning
1.2 Place value and estimating
1.3 HCF and LCM
1.4 Calculating with powers (indices)
1.5 Zero, negative and fractional indices
1.6 Powers of 10 and standard form
1.7 Surds
2.1 Algebraic indices
2.2 Expanding and factorising
2.3 Equations
2.4 Formulae
2.5 Linear sequences
2.6 Non-linear sequences
2.7 More expanding and factorising
Term 23 Interpreting and representing data

4 Fractions, ratio and percentages

5 Angles and trigonometry

3.1 Statistical diagrams 1
3.2 Time series
3.3 Scatter graphs
3.4 Line of best fit
3.5 Averages and range
3.6 Statistical diagrams 2
4.1 Fractions
4.2 Ratios
4.3 Ratio and proportion
4.4 Percentages
4.5 Fractions, decimals and percentages
5.1 Angle properties of triangles and quadrilaterals
5.2 Interior angles of a polygon


5.3 Exterior angles of a polygon
5.4 Pythagoras’ theorem 1
5.5 Pythagoras’ theorem 1
5.6 Trigonometry 1
5.7 Trigonometry 2
Term 36 Graphs

7 Area and volume

8 Transformations and constructions
6.1 Linear graphs
6.2 More linear graphs
6.3 Graphing rates of change
6.4 Real-life graphs
6.5 Line segments
6.6 Quadratic graphs
6.7 Cubic and reciprocal graphs
6.8 More graphs
7.1 Perimeter and area
7.2 Units and accuracy
7.3 Prisms
7.4 Circles
7.5 Sectors of circles
7.6 Cylinders and spheres
7.7 Pyramids and cones
8.1 3D solids
8.2 Reflection and rotation
8.3 Enlargement
8.4 Transformations and combinations of transformations
8.5 Bearings and scale drawings
8.6 Constructions 1
8.7 Constructions 2
8.8 Loci