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Gladesmore Community School

Gladesmore Community School


“Mathematics is an exciting subject that can open a range of opportunities for students. It allows them to develop critical, analytical, reasoning and problem-solving skills; all of which are needed to function in an ever-changing society.”

KS4 Specification

Edexcel GCSE Mathematics.

National Curriculum

Gladesmore Community School prides ourselves on delivering the breadth and ambition of the National Curriculum.

Curriculum Intent

Mathematics is an exciting subject that can open a range of opportunities for students. It allows them to develop critical, analytical, reasoning and problem-solving skills; all of which are needed to function in an ever-changing society. Mathematics underpins other subjects such as Science and Design and Technology, and runs discreetly through others.

At Gladesmore, Mathematics supports the school’s vision by reviewing, developing and delivering a curriculum which offers excellent quality of education to all pupils. As a faculty, the school’s REACH values are vital and are embedded in our lessons. We promote dialogue in the classroom and every student is encouraged to respect and value each other’s opinions. 

The Mathematics faculty follows a spiral curriculum; this allows us to develop the core fundamentals in Mathematics at KS3 so that all students can build on their knowledge as they move into KS4. Students join us from KS2 with a wide range of abilities. To aid the transition from KS2 to KS3, our initial focus is on the Number strand; by securing this strand as a foundation for learning, we are then able to look, in-depth, at the other strands such as Geometry and Algebra. We also incorporate authentic investigations at KS3 that reflect the diverse socio-cultural background of our students and staff and develop students’ problem-solving skills. We ensure our curriculum fosters our students as autonomous learners, via strategies such as home learning, online and interactive learning platforms and the making and using of their own revision materials.   

At KS4, we continue to build upon our KS3 curriculum through our spiral learning approach.  In this way, we revisit, extend and build on our students’ prior learning, allowing students to make connections between concepts and to apply the required mathematical processes to solve complex problems. Our students are offered different pathways at KS4 to ensure that they are challenged and given the opportunity to make progress. As students then progress and become confident Mathematics learners, we seek to ensure they will be able to routinely transfer their learnt skills to other subjects.

In order to enhance the KS4 Mathematics curriculum at Gladesmore, we provide opportunities for students to study Additional Mathematics, Further Mathematics and GCSE Statistics; such offers provide an excellent footing for those who want to pursue Mathematics at KS5.  To further foster a love and appreciation for the subject, we encourage our students to participate in a variety of extra-curricular activities such as the UKMT  and Count on Us Maths Challenges. These challenges allow our students to meet and compete with students from different socio-economic backgrounds and these positive experiences, in turn, allow our students to become more confident mathematicians.

Fundamentally, as a faculty, our intent is to provide a curriculum that meets the needs of all students, enabling progress at all stages with a strong emphasis on stretch and challenge. Through our curriculum, students acquire a range of techniques that they can apply to a variety of situations so as to be able to solve problems within different contexts.  Whichever pathway students choose to take beyond KS4, through Mathematics at Gladesmore, they gather the knowledge, skills and qualifications to improve their ability to solve real life problems and to be able to think critically - skills which are central to improving the quality of their lives. 

Curriculum Summary

Year 7 

  • Place Value
  • The Four Operations
  • Perimeter, Area and Units
  • Angles and 2D Shapes
  • Fractions
  • Fractions, Decimals, Percentages
  • Introduction to Algebra
  • Coordinates and Graphs
  • Order of Operations
  • Ratio and Proportion 
  • Working with data

Year 8 

  • Number properties 
  • Positive and negative numbers
  • Rounding and estimation 
  • Length and Area
  • 3D shapes
  • Compound measures
  • Calculations with fractions 
  • Probability 
  • Algebraic manipulation 
  • Solving equations 
  • Angles
  • Transformations
  • Statistics 

Year 9 

  • Arithmetic 
  • Powers and roots 
  • Fractions, decimals and percentages 
  • Algebraic manipulations 
  • Coordinates and graphs
  • 2D Shapes 
  • 3D Shapes
  • Solving equations 
  • Sequences
  • Percentages
  • Proportion 
  • Constructions, loci and bearings 

Year 10 


  • Rounding and error intervals 
  • Percentages 
  • Ratio and proportion 
  • Perimeter and area  
  • Volume and surface area 
  • Angles and bearings 
  • Transformations
  • Drawing graphs
  • Straight line graphs
  • Compound measures 
  • Probability 
  • Averages and range 


  • Surds and indices 
  • Drawing graphs and graphing inequalities 
  • Solving quadratics 
  • Arc and sectors 
  • Circle theorems 
  • Similarity and congruence 
  • Complex transformations of shapes 
  • Conditional probability 
  • Volume and algebra
  • Bounds and compound measures 
  • Graphs of circles 
  • Linear and quadratic simultaneous equations 
  • Histograms, cumulative frequency and box plots 

Year 11 


  • Multiples and factors
  • Algebraic manipulation 
  • Solving equations
  • Indices and standard form
  • Area, perimeter and right-angles triangles 
  • Assessments, consolidation and preparation for final exams


  • Functions and iteration
  • Transforming graphs
  • Advance trigonometry 
  • Vectors 
  • Real life graphs and rates of change
  • Algebraic proofs 
  • Assessments, consolidation and preparation for final exams



Gladesmore Community School
Crowland Road
N15 6EB


020 8800 0884