Infection Information: 

The academy is now closed for half term. During the holiday break we still need to collate infection information on our students, and close contacts would need to be advised of risk. If your child is tested positive, please contact the School Health Support Team call line on 01772 531555 with the date, name and school of the child. If you prefer you can also email details to the Covid19 Education inbox using the link

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Throughout the five years all students will follow a mastery scheme of work. Assessments will involve GCSE style 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.

Throughout all years students are given the opportunities to explore maths beyond the curriculum with an emphasis on problem solving. Within maths lessons we will always make links to real life context whilst developing new knowledge and skills.  When possible we will take maths outside the classroom to ensure that students leave Lostock Hall Academy with the toolkit of skills, habits and styles to construct strategies of action throughout life.

Key Stage 3

Students in Year 7 and 8 follow a SOW that allows them to see full coverage of all areas of the KS3 National Curriculum. Units are taught in three or four week blocks and assessed at the end of each unit. 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.

The initial Year 7 units focus on ensuring all students have a full understanding of the core elements that are needed not just in maths lessons but in other subject across the academy. For all students each unit will begin with a baseline assessment using exam questions from across the complete unit and end with a topic unit test, again using exam questions from across the unit ensuring all assessment objectives are covered.

Year 7 and 8 topics:

  1. Place Value and Rounding
  2. Calculations including negative numbers
  3. Properties of number
  4. Fractions
  5. Percentages
  6. Ratio
  7. Algebraic expressions
  8. Sequences
  9. Equations and inequalities, changing the subject
  10. Angles
  11. Averages
  12. Displaying data
  13. Perimeter and Area
  14. Pythagoras’ Theorem and trigonometry
  15. Probability
  16. Coordinates, linear graphs and distance time graphs
  17. Volume
  18. Transformations
  19. Quadratic equations and graphs
  20. Laws of indices and standard form
  21. Proportion and compound measures
  22. Cubic and reciprocal graphs
  23. Constructions
  24. Vectors

Pupils in a Maths lesson at LHA

Key Stage 4

All students sit either the Higher or Foundation Edexcel GCSE at the end of Year 11. During Year 9 students have the opportunity to deepen their understanding of some of the KS3 content. 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:

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

Higher topics order:

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

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 Pinpoint Learning. 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.