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Saint John Houghton Catholic Voluntary Academy

Learning without limits



Maths is for everyone. It is diverse, engaging and essential in equipping students with the right skills to reach their future destination, whatever that may be.


The Team

Mrs K McDermott – Head of Mathematics
Mrs J Ellis – Teacher of Mathematics (Second in Department)
Mrs K Nash – Teacher of Mathematics
Mr R Parr – Teacher of Mathematics
Mrs H Sarno – Teacher of Mathematics
Mrs D Smith – Teacher of Mathematics, House 2 Leader (Kolbe)


Key Stage 3

In all year groups, students study the following units of work for approximately two weeks each year


Integers, powers and roots
Sequences, functions and graphs
Lines, angles and shapes
Data and interpreting results
Constructions and loci
Calculations and accuracy
Simplifying and substituting
Ratio and proportion
Pythagoras’ theorem and trigonometry
Forming and solving equations
Area and perimeter
Volume and surface area
Fractions, decimals and percentages


Students have four hours of maths classes a week in years 7, 8 and 9.


Students are set approximately 1 hour of online homework a week on MathsWatch.


Key Stage 4 – AQA Mathematics GCSE

Students follow the AQA syllabus for GCSE mathematics. The GCSE course in mathematics enables students to: develop fluent knowledge and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts; apply mathematical techniques to solve problems; reason mathematically and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms.


AQA GCSE Mathematics


GCSE Mathematics has a Foundation tier (grades 1 – 5) and a Higher tier (grades 4 – 9).


The content of the GCSE is organised into the following broad topic areas:


  • Number (Foundation 25%, Higher 15%)
  • Algebra (Foundation 20%, Higher 30%)
  • Geometry (Foundation 15%, Higher 20%)
  • Ratio and proportion (Foundation 25%, Higher 20%)
  • Statistics and probability (Foundation 25%, Higher 15%)


The GCSE exam comprises three papers, each 1 hour 30 minutes long and Content from any part of the specification may be assessed in any of the exams.


Paper 1 is a non-calculator paper and Paper 2 and 3 are calculator papers.


There are 80 marks available on each paper and there is a mix of question styles, from short, single-mark questions to multi-step problems. The mathematical demand increases as students progress through the paper.


MathsWatch VLE
PiXL Maths App


Twitter: @SJHMaths