Maths Key Stage 4 – Year 9 (Foundation)

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
Pre-Term 11 Number calculations
4 Fractions, decimals and percentages

1.1 Adding and subtracting
1.2 Multiplying
1.3 Dividing
1.4 Multiplying and dividing negative numbers
1.5 Squares, cubes and roots
1.7 Calculations
4.2 Recurring decimals
Term 11 Number
2 Algebra

1.1 Calculations
1.2 Decimal numbers
1.3 Place value
1.4 Factors and multiples
1.5 Squares, cubes and roots
1.6 Index notation
1.7 Prime factors
2.1 Algebraic expressions
2.2 Simplifying expressions
2.3 Substitution
2.4 Formulae
2.5 Expanding brackets
2.6 Factorising
2.7 Using expressions and formulae
Term 23 Graphs, tables and charts

4 Fractions and percentages

5 Equations, inequalities and sequences

3.1 Frequency tables
3.2 Two-way tables
3.3 Representing data
3.4 Time series
3.5 Stem and leaf diagrams
3.6 Pie charts
3.7 Scatter graphs
3.8 Line of best fit
4.1 Working with fractions
4.2 Operations with fractions
4.3 Multiplying fractions
4.4 Dividing fractions
4.5 Fractions and decimals
4.6 Fractions and percentages
4.7 Calculating percentages 1
4.8 Calculating percentages 2
5.1 Solving equations 1
5.2 Solving equations 2
5.3 Solving equations with brackets
5.4 Introducing inequalities
5.5 More inequalities
5.6 More formulae
5.7 Generating sequences
5.8 Using the nth term of a sequence
Term 36 Angles

7 Averages and range

8 Perimeter, area and volume 1

6.1 Properties of shapes
6.2 Angles in parallel lines
6.3 Angles in triangles
6.4 Exterior and interior angles
6.5 More exterior and interior angles
6.6 Geometrical patterns
7.1 Mean and range
7.2 Mode, median and range
7.3 Types of average
7.4 Estimating the mean
7.5 Sampling
8.1 Rectangles, parallelograms and triangles
8.2 Trapezia and changing units
8.3 Area of compound shapes
8.4 Surface area of 3D solids
8.5 Volume of prisms
8.6 More volume and surface area