Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy

Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy


To enhance the study of the Maths syllabus, all students at OSCA are strongly advised to purchase and bring to school daily a CASIO FX-83 Scientific Calculator. We train our students using this model in order to best prepare them for exams. These are available to purchase from the finance office for £8.

Years 7 and 8 students are taught in parallel sets, red and blue and are set from set 1 to set 4.

All years 9, 10 & 11 students are taught in ability sets throughout their school careers.

The Academy has introduced Mastery Maths in year 7.

The Mathematics Mastery secondary programme empowers and equips teachers to improve pupils’ enjoyment, resilience, understanding and attainment in maths.

Every child can enjoy and succeed in mathematics as long as they are given the appropriate learning opportunities. A growth mindset enables pupils to develop resilience and confidence.

Enabling learners to solve new problems in unfamiliar contexts is the ultimate aim of mathematics education. Identifying, applying and connecting ideas enables pupils to tackle new and more complex problems.

The curriculum areas studied in years 7 are:

Autumn 1

Unit 1: Reasoning with integers

Unit 2: Mental addition and subtraction of integers

Unit 3: Written addition and subtraction of integers

Unit 4: Addition and subtraction of decimals


Autumn 2

Unit 5: Multiplication and division of integers

Unit 6: Area

Unit 7: Multiplication and division of decimals

Unit 8: Further applications of multiplication and division


Spring 1

Unit 9: Working with units

Unit 10: Angles and angle properties of straight lines

Unit 11: Properties of triangles

Unit 12: Properties of quadrilaterals

Unit 13: Symmetry and tessellation


Spring 2

Unit 14: Understand and use fractions

Unit 15: Fractions of amounts

Unit 16: Multiplying and dividing fractions


Summer 1

Unit 17: Order of operations

Unit 18: Introduction to algebra

Unit 19: Algebraic generalisation project

Summer 2

Unit 20: Percentages

Unit 21: Handling data

Unit 22: Projects and review


The curriculum areas studied in years 8:

Whole numbers and decimals
Measures, perimeter and area
Expressions and formulae
Fractions, decimals and percentages
Angles and 2D shapes
Adding and subtracting
Transformations and symmetry
Factors and multiples
Constructions and 3D shapes
Multiplying and dividing
Ratio and proportion

Throughout Key Stage 4 students will follow a course leading to a GCSE at either Foundation or Higher tier which is taken at the end of Year 11.

The curriculum areas studied in year 9 and 10 are:



Geometry & Measures

Probability & Statistics


The curriculum areas studied in year 11 are:

Bespoke syllabus once the scheme of work is completed, arising from mock exam Question Level Analyses (QLA)

The GCSE exam will consist of 3 written papers, each worth 33.3% of the final grade.
Paper 1 (1.5 hours, non calculator)

Paper 2 (1.5 hours, calculator allowed )
Paper 3 1.5 hours, calculator allowed )

The HIGHER tier will examine grades 4 to 9


The FOUNDATION tier will examine grades 1 to 5
Students who achieve grades 6 - 9 at GCSE are well prepared for study at Advanced Level.


Useful links to support progress in Maths

The academy offers a range of resources to enhance your child’s learning in mathematics. Here is the access information your child will need to use them:




To further support the progress of your child at home, we encourage you to participate with your child’s learning at home. Here are a list of websites you can use with your child on a weekly basis. They include videos, worksheets and games.

* http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/maths

* http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/maths/games

* http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zqhs34j

* http://resources.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/maths/

* http://www.cimt.plymouth.ac.uk/projects/mepres/book7/book7.htm

* http://www.mrcartermaths.com


It is also important to challenge your child to improve skills such as problem solving and critical thinking. Here are a list of websites you can use with your child on a weekly basis. They include problem solving questions, competitions and articles that will widen your child’s understanding of maths in the real world.

* http://nrich.maths.org/secondary-lower

* http://mathschallenge.net/

* https://www.ukmt.org.uk/individual-competitions/junior-challenge/