Head Of Department :
Mr Edward Watson
Department Teaching Staff :
Miss Victoria Williams (2nd Maths)
Mr Jamie Butler
Mr Connor Early-Pickersgill
Mrs Jingwen Ma
Mr Chris Townsend
Ms Sylvia Campbell
At Hanham Woods Academy, the maths department are striving for every pupil
to pass their GCSE and with the highest grade possible.
Mathematics is hugely important in society and with a firm grasp and
understanding of the subject, many doors are open to you.
The subject equips pupils with the ability to reason logically, analyse and
to solve problems. These skills are all essential within the workplace and
in society. Mathematics is an international language and one that is
fundamental to understand the world in which we live in.
All year groups receive 5 x 50 minute lessons each week.
Mathematics is like a tower of Jenga. The bottom layers correspond to Key
Stage 3 (KS3/Years 7-9) and are the most fundamental building blocks.
Without solid foundations, it becomes impossible to add any new learning on
without the tower all falling down.
The Mathematics GCSE course builds extensively on the foundations that are
built in the first three years at Hanham Woods Academy and it is therefore
essential to use KS3 productively.
Each pupil must own their own calculator. It is an essential part of
maths lessons at Hanham Woods Academy and will be needed for exams and for
homework.We strongly recommend the Casio FX-83 GT Plus as it offers the
best functionality, performance and value for money. It can be purchased
at the link below but is also available in most shops and elsewhere
Some topics covered
– Algebraic sequences
– Equations of graphs
– Ratio and proportion
– Using prime factors
– Calculations with percentages
– Algebraic equations and formulae
– Standard form
– Transformations using vectors
– Constructions and loci
– Angle facts
– Real life graphs
Each pupil must own their own calculator. It is an essential part of maths
lessons at Hanham Woods Academy and will be needed for exams and for
We strongly recommend the Casio FX-83 GT Plus as it offers the best
functionality, performance and value for money. It can be purchased at the
link below but is also available in most shops and elsewhere online.
Some topics covered
– Quadratic equations and their graphs
– Sine and Cosine rules
– Gradients and rates of change
– Circle theorems
– Algebraic fractions
AQA GCSE Maths
Assessment for this course comprises of 3 x 1.5 hour papers (1
Non-Calculator, 2 Calculator) to be taken in Summer of Year 11.
Pupils in the top set may also take an Additional Maths qualification in
The school are delighted that students have access to Hegarty Maths. This online platform has broken GCSE maths down into individual skills,
with each skill having an individual video and a quiz.
It is an excellent revision tool and can significantly boost exam results if used well.
Here is a copy of the Higher and Foundation Tier Exam checklists.
Building on the solid foundations that have been built in KS3, pupils will
deepen their understanding and their application of Mathematics in Key
Stage 4 (KS4/Years 10-11) in preparation for their standardised exams at
the end of Year 11.
Having a good GCSE maths grade opens many doors for future opportunities,
regardless of whether you wish to take mathematics further.
University courses that Mathematics is often required for:
Sports Science/Physical Education
Please note that this is solely a guide and you must always check the
requirements for the university of your choice when applying. Mathematics
is often highly regarded in University applications as a ‘facilitating
Mathematics students are often widely acknowledged for analytical,
statistical and problem solving skills.
Careers that maths may lead on to:
Engineer (Chemical, Civil, Mechanical)