Curriculum Intent Statement

We are committed to providing high quality Maths teaching for all students. We will help learners to secure the knowledge and skills they need for future success. Confidence and resilience are key to learners achieving academic standards of excellence.

Maths is all around us in everything that we do, from everyday activities such as buying sweets to playing our favourite computer game. Being able to do mental arithmetic helps us to spot if a number is wrong. It’s like having a safety net to catch you if you make a mistake. Understanding numbers is as fundamental as knowing how to read.

Students need procedural understanding – how something works, but they also need to understand why something works. Then they can apply this knowledge and formulate and solve problems, which is a key area of the new GCSE.

We follow a Mastery Curriculum at KS3. Teachers reinforce an expectation that all students are capable of achieving high standards in Maths. The large majority of pupils progress through the curriculum content at the same pace. Differentiation is achieved by exploring deeper and through individual support and intervention. Lessons are crafted to foster deep conceptual and procedural knowledge. Practice and consolidation play a central role. Questioning in class and regular assessment are used to test understanding and to identify those requiring intervention.

Understanding does not come immediately – it may take several years to understand a concept. That is why our KS4 Curriculum uses spiralling – the students come back to and reinforce their understanding of a concept each year.

We want our students to see that mathematics can help them better understand and describe the world around them. We encourage them to see maths as a way of thinking rather than a collection of facts.

The Maths Department

The Maths Department at Clyst Vale has five full time and two part time qualified maths teachers who each teach a selection of sets across all years.

Students are encouraged to aim high and achieve their own absolute best, whatever level they are studying. All students from Year 7 up to Year 13 will be shown how to track their own learning and achievements.

In Year 7 students are given two entry tests which are used, with Key Stage 2 marks, to set the students into their maths groups. There is fluid movement between groups based on effort, homework and end of term test results.

KS3 students in Years 7 and 8 will be following the Discovering Maths two year programme which uses a mastery approach providing progression, practice and support.


All KS4 students are following the Edexcel Linear Exam scheme of work which we begin teaching at the start of Year 9. Each student in maths has one A3 sized exercise book.

Homework is set via Microsoft Teams once a week.  It will consist of ten mixed topic questions.

We are following the OCR A syllabus for KS5 Maths.

KS4 students who wish to complete A Level Maths must get at least a grade number 6 in their Maths GCSE.

If a student wishes to study A Level Further Maths they must get a grade number 8 in GCSE Maths.


Maths Staff Teaching Team


Year 7 and 8
Students in Years 7 and 8 develop and practise core maths skills in all of the five main areas. The emphasis is on fluency in these skills and to encourage students to develop their problem solving skills and the application of mathematics.
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• Applying mathematics to solve problems

• Place value, ordering and rounding

• Integers, powers and roots

• Fractions, decimals and percentages

• Ratio and proportion

• Number operations

• Mental methods of calculation

• Written methods of calculation

• Calculator methods

• Checking Results

  • Equations formulae and identities
  • Sequences, functions and graphs
  • Algebraic Manipulation
  • Geometrical reasoning
  • Transformations
  • Coordinates
  • Construction
  • Measures and mensuration
  • Geometrical Properties

• Specifying a problem and planning

• Collecting data

• Processing and representing data

• Interpreting and discussing results

• Probabilty


Students in Years 9, 10 and 11 follow the Edexcel GCSE Syllabus.

Edexcel Maths GCSE Specification 2020-2021

3-Year GCSE scheme of work 2020-2021


Maths in the Sixth Form at CVCC

We are following the OCR A scheme of work with all Post 16 students.  A student in Year 12 would need to achieve at least grade D in the AS exams in order to progress into Year 13.


Year 12 Maths





All students will complete two AS papers at the end of Year 12:

Pure and Statistics  90 mins  75 marks

Pure and Mechanics  90 mins  75 marks


Year 13 A2 Maths

All students follow the OCR A course.





Students take three exams at the end of Year 13:

Pure Maths  2 hours  100 marks

Pure and Statistics  2 hours  100 marks

Pure and Mechanics  2 hours  100 marks


We also offer Further Maths with the same exam board (OCR A). We have a choice of modules which will be discussed with the students when they start the course.


Year 12 students will complete three AS papers

Year 13 students will complete three A2 papers