Throughout the five years all students will follow a mastery scheme of work. Assessments will involve GCSE papers from Year 7 onwards to ensure all students are familiar from an early stage with the standard and style of questions expected. All lessons involve a large element of problem solving questions and cover the three assessment objectives: AO1: Use and apply standard techniques, AO2: Reason, interpret and communicate mathematically, AO3: Solve problems within mathematics and in other contexts

All students are set weekly departmental homework sheets focussing on consolidation of work previously covered. These sheets encourage independent work and contain guidance as to where students can find assistance if required.

Maths at Lostock Hall Academy


Students in Year 7 and 8 follow a SOW that allows them to see full coverage of all areas of the curriculum. Units are taught in three or four week blocks and assessments are completed of complete units. Formal assessment will consist of three exam papers a year.

KS3 classes are taught in ability groups which are regularly reviewed to ensure that all students are in the correct class for their ability. A numeracy topic is taught for one lesson a week throughout Years 7 and 8.

Year 7 and 8 topics:

  • Transformations;
  • Displaying Data;
  • Algebraic expressions, simplifying, substitution, formulae, expanding and factorising;
  • Perimeter and area;
  • Averages; Fractions and percentages, growth and decay;
  • Equations and inequalities, sequences;
  • Angles.

Year 8 topics:

  • Pythagoras’ Theorem and Trigonometry;
  • Probability;
  • Coordinates, linear graphs, real life graphs, distance-time graphs;
  • Ratio and proportion, direct and inverse proportion, compound measures;
  • Constructions, loci and bearings;
  • Quadratic equations and graphs;
  • Laws of indices, standard form;
  • Volume, Congruence, similarity and vectors; C
  • Cubic and reciprocal graphs, simultaneous equations, rearranging formula
Pupils in a Maths lesson at LHA


Students in Year 9 – 11 follow a three Year GCSE course. All students sit either the Higher or Foundation Edexcel GCSE at the end of Year 11. Throughout the course of the three years they complete five full exam cycles under exam conditions and progress monitored.

Currently Higher students are taught in ability groups and Foundation students in mixed ability groups.

For all students each module will begin with a baseline assessment using exam questions and end with a topic test, again using exam questions. Students are expected to achieve their target grades in topic tests.

Foundation topic order:

  • Tables, charts and graphs, Pie charts, Scatter graphs;
  • Transformations;
  • Algebra: the basics, Expressions and substitution into formulae;
  • Statistics, sampling and the averages;
  • Equations and inequalities, Sequences,
  • Properties of shapes, parallel lines and angle facts, Interior and exterior angles of polygons;
  • Probability;
  • Perimeter, area and volume;
  • Real-life graphs, Straight-line graphs;
  • Ratio, Proportion;
  • Right-angled triangles: Pythagoras and trigonometry;
  • Multiplicative reasoning;
  • Plans and elevations, Constructions, loci and bearings;
  • Quadratic equations: expanding and factorising, Quadratic equations: graphs
  • Circles, cylinders, cones and spheres;
  • Fractions and reciprocals;
  • Indices and standard form;
  • Similarity and congruence in 2D;
  • Vectors;
  • Rearranging equations, graphs of cubic and reciprocal functions and simultaneous equations.​

Alongside this students will be taught numeracy units:

  • Integers and place value, Decimals, Indices, powers and roots, Factors, multiples and primes;
  • Fractions, decimals and percentages, Percentages.

Higher topics order:

  • Averages and range, Representing and interpreting data and scatter graphs;
  • Transformations;
  • Constructions, loci and bearings;
  • Algebra: the basics, setting up, rearranging and solving equations, Sequences;
  • Collecting data, Cumulative frequency, box plots and histograms;
  • Polygons, angles and parallel lines, Pythagoras’ Theorem and trigonometry;
  • Graphs: the basics and real-life graphs, Linear graphs and coordinate geometry, Quadratic, cubic and other graphs;
  • Probability;
  • Perimeter, area and circles, 3D forms and volume, cylinders, cones and spheres, Accuracy and bounds;
  • Solving quadratic and simultaneous equations, Inequalities;
  • Multiplicative reasoning;
  • Similarity and congruence in 2D and 3D;
  • Graphs of trigonometric functions, Further trigonometry;
  • Quadratics, expanding more than two brackets, sketching graphs, graphs of circles, cubes and quadratics;
  • Circle theorems , Circle geometry;
  • Changing the subject of formulae (more complex), algebraic fractions, solving equations arising from algebraic fractions, rationalising surds, proof;
  • Vectors and geometric proof;
  • Reciprocal and exponential graphs; Gradient and area under graphs;
  • Direct and inverse proportion.

Alongside this students will be taught numeracy units:

  • Calculations, checking and rounding, Indices, roots, reciprocals and hierarchy of operations, Factors, multiples, primes, standard form and surds;
  • Fractions and percentages, Ratio and proportion.

How parent/carers can help a student achieve his/her full potential

You can support a student by monitoring homework completion and encouraging them to watch the Mathswatch video clips to develop their knowledge and understanding.

As a school we subscribe to Mathswatch, Mathsworkout, Numeracyworkout, Justmaths and method maths. All students are provided with logins and passwords for all of these sites and are encouraged to use them at home for independent work and revision.

Homework is set weekly and will generally consist of a set of revision questions that require students to watch a video clip for each topic and then complete.