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Mr C Grant                                          (Director of Mathematics)

Miss C Shakeshaft                             (2nd in Mathematics)

Miss A Molloy                                    (Teacher of Mathematics)

Miss L Kemp                                      (Teacher of Mathematics)


A quotation:


“MATHEMATICS is not about numbers, equations, computations or algorithms: it is about UNDERSTANDING”


(William Paul Thurston 1946-2012)


A thought:


“What do you get if you divide the circumference of an apple by its diameter? Apple Pi”


Whether you design the world’s fastest roller coaster, train the best athletes or aspire to own a business. Whether you want to develop problem-solving skills, know how to choose the optimum deal or identify the most suitable budget, Mathematics at Lostock College will equip you with the skills necessary to allow you to apply in whatever the situation arises.




In the Lostock College Mathematics Department we incorporate the Department of Education’s assessment objectives to provide students with the key skills which allow them to not only “do” mathematics but “know” mathematics:

  1. Use and apply standard techniques                                                        (Assessment Objective 1)
  2. Reason, interpret and communicate mathematically (Assessment Objective 2)
  3. Solve problems within mathematics and in other contexts (Assessment Objective 3)

In mathematics we will underpin the key learning with continuing practice of numeracy and times tables developed in Key Stage 2. Lessons in Year 7 and 8 start with either Numeracy Ninjas, Times Table Rock Stars or an equivalent exercise; with focus on their ability to use mental strategies and recall key skills including times tables.

Our Year 7 and 8 Schemes of Learning are designed to follow on from Key Stage 2 and continue to develop mastery learning as being used in leading schools across the country.

Students will then pass into KS4 fully equipped and with the confidence to problem-solve and reason, ready to access the content and demand that the new Edexcel GCSE (9-1) brings.



Key Stage 3


At Lostock College, the Key Stage 3 curriculum commencing 2017/18 is designed around mastery for deeper understanding for learners. It is designed to gradually increase ability, addressing and securing knowledge with deep understanding before moving on. Throughout the curriculum there are sequenced steps, which must be mastered before moving to the next stage. Concrete, pictorial and abstract representations of mathematics are chosen in the classroom to ensure fluency in learning. The mastery approach allows learners to make connections over time.

During lessons practical tasks are encouraged (for example, using counters) and a high level of discussions is included (class, group or paired).  There is no acceleration in content, so all students will progress through different intervention and support, as well as challenging problems. Student’s misconceptions are addressed immediately and rapid intervention is applied.

The scheme is informed by the KS2 programme of study where students have already been taught through a mastery approach or similar and will have focussed on essential skills, where in year 7 we introduce an increase in ability in these skills and in year 8 we will begin to introduce students to problem solving questions to prepare them for the new GCSE curriculum in year 9.



In year 7 students at Lostock College will learn about:


  • Numbers (place value, addition/subtraction, multiplication/division, fractions and negative numbers)
  • Statistics
  • Algebra
  • Geometry (lines and angles)




In year 8 students at Lostock College will learn about:


  • Numbers (fractions and percentages)
  • Algebra
  • Geometry (circles and area)
  • Ratio, Proportion and Rates of Change
  • Statistics
  • Geometry (3D shapes)



Homework at Key Stage 3


Students are set homework each week from relevant booklets. These are set in line with the topic they are learning in class.




Lostock College students will follow a 3-year Scheme of Work starting in year 9. The Key Stage 4 curriculum also encourages mastery learning. Students will gradually build on the key skills developed in years 7 and 8 and aim to increase their understanding of mathematical concepts with a greater emphasis on problem-solving and reasoning.

The Lostock College Mathematics department cover the content as detailed in the Edexcel Scheme of Work and will experience topic areas under the subject content headings of:

  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Ratio, proportion and rates of change
  • Geometry and measures
  • Probability and statistics


The examination, sat in May and/or June of year 11, has two tiers, Foundation and Higher. The new GCSE (9 – 1) examination will consist of three separate examination papers, each of one hour and thirty minutes in length. Two of the examination papers will require the use of a calculator, with one non-calculator.

The examination is assessing a student’s ability to:

AO1 Use and apply standard techniques.

Where students should be able to;

  • Accurately recall facts, terminology and definitions
  • Use and interpret notation correctly
  • Accurately carry out routine procedures or set tasks requiring multi-step solutions.


AO2 Reason, interpret and communicate mathematically.

Where students should be able to;

  • Make deductions, inferences and draw conclusions from mathematical information
  • Construct chains of reasoning to achieve a given result
  • Interpret and communicate information accurately
  • Present arguments and proofs
  • Assess the validity of an argument and critically evaluate a given way of presenting information.


AO3 Solve problems within mathematics and in other contexts.

Where students should be able to;

  • Translate problems in mathematical or non-mathematical contexts into a process or a series of mathematical processes
  • Make and use connections between different parts of mathematics
  • Interpret results in the context of a given problem
  • Evaluate methods used and results obtained
  • Evaluate solutions to identify how they may have been affected by assumptions made.

Homework at Key Stage 4


In Year 9 and 10 students are set homework each week from VLE Mathswatch. These are set in line with the topic they are learning in class. In Year 11 students are set homework on either VLE Mathswatch and/or GCSE Past examination questions.



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