Maths curriculum at Brownhills Ormiston Academy

The department’s vision,
• As the maths department we aim to provide exciting and engaging lessons for our learners,
challenging them at every step to become independent mathematicians.
• The Maths curriculum focuses on mastery of skills and techniques across all strands that
are taught, interleaving skills across lessons, units and key stages through the careful sequencing of lessons.
• We have high expectations, encouraging students to aspire to be the best they can.
• We will support our students to develop skills that are transferable across all subjects and
employment in later life.
• The students will think, write, and speak like a mathematician.
• We will take every opportunity to develop student’s cultural capital by exploring the origins
of mathematics and how relevant mathematics study is to today’s society.

Sequencing of lessons

Across each key stages the five strands of mathematics; number, algebra, ratio, statistics and geometry are taught. In Year 7 students are introduced to the fundamentals that underpin the secondary maths curriculum including algebraic thinking, and the principles of proportion. In year 8 and 9 students continue to develop their skills across all five strands. Within each strand there is opportunity to make connections between areas of mathematics that have already been studied.
Topics and lessons are carefully planned to ensure that students are always building on their previous knowledge. In key stage 4 students follow the higher or foundation pathway. Both pathways allow students to develop their existing knowledge base.


Students will receive regular formative assessment. Each lesson begins with a “Do Now” where learning from the previous lesson, week and topic are all recalled. Peer and self assessment opportunities are provided in each lesson and embedded into the scheme of learning. Regular assessment opportunities are planned in to lesson including the use of mini whiteboards and targeted questioning. This allows the lesson to be personalised to the students in the classroom meaning students are able to reach their full potential. Summative assessments are used each half term assessing the key knowledge from each unit of work that has been studied. Students have opportunity to complete response to marking enabling students to secure their knowledge before moving on to new content. Those studying GCSE have additional summative assessments in year 10 and year 11 in the form of pre public examinations.

Curriculum in action 

Knowledge Organisers

Year 7

Maths Unit 2 – Algebra

Maths Unit 3 – Written Calculations

Maths Unit 4 – Angles

Maths Unit 5 – Representing data

Maths Unit 6 – Area & Perimeter

Maths Unit 7 – Multiples, factors, primes & negatives

Maths Unit 8 – Coordinates and real life graphs

Maths Unit 9 – Fractions, Decimals & Percentages

Maths Unit 10 – Forming and Solving equations

Maths Unit 11 – Volume and Surface Area

Maths Unit 12 – Sequences

Maths Unit 13 – Transformations

Year 8

Unit 14 Probability

Unit 15 Expanding, factorising and changing the subject of a formula

Unit 16 Indicies and Standard Form

Unit 17 Measures

Unit 18 Constructions, Loci & Bearings

Unit 19 Processing Data

Unit 20 Visualisation, Nets and Isometric drawings

Unit 21 Ratio

Unit 22 Real Life Fractions Decimals Percentages

Unit 23 Pythagoras Trigonometry

Unit 24 Proportion

Unit 25 Solving Equations

Year 9 – Foundation

Maths Unit 1 – Number

Maths Unit 2 – Algebra

Maths Unit 3 – Handling Data

Maths Unit 4 – Fractions, Decimals & Percentages

Maths Unit 5 – Averages

Maths Unit 6 – Angles

Maths Unit 7- Equations & Sequences

Maths Unit 8 – Area & Perimeter

Maths Unit 9 – Coordinates and real life graphs

Maths Unit 10 – Transformations

Year 9 – Higher

1. Number

2. Algebra

3. Data

4. FDP

4. Interpreting Data

5. Circle Theorems

6. Quadratics

Year 10 – Foundation

11.-Ratio & Proportion

12.-Pythag & Trig

13. Probability

14. Constructions, Loci & Bearings

15. Multiplicative Reasoning

16. Quadratics

17. Circles and cylinders

18a. Fractions & Reciprocals

18b. Standard Index Form

19a. Congruency and similarity

19b. vectors

20a. cubic & reciprocal graphs

20b. sim equations & rearranging equations

Year 10 – Higher

11. Ratio and Proportion

12. Trigonometry and Pythagoras

13. Probability

14. Constructions, Loci and Bearing

15. Multiplicative Reasoning

16. Quadratics and Cubics

17. Circles, cones and spheres

18. Reciprocals and exponential graphs

19. Similarity and Congruence

20. Rearranging formulae and functions

21. Tangent to a circle








5 Year Road Map

Maths 5 Year Road Plan