• Abbey College, Abbey Road, Hollow Lane, Ramsey Cambridgeshire PE26 1DG

Maths Curriculum

Key Stage 3

The Key Stage 3 curriculum has been based on the revised Mathematics Programme of Study for Key Stage 3. It accommodates for the change in the Key Stage 2 curriculum. A two-year scheme of work for Year 7 and 8 covers all five GCSE assessment objectives (number, algebra, geometry, ratio and proportion, probability and statistics) and prepares students for a three year GCSE course which commences in Year 9. Development of fluency, mathematical reasoning and problem-solving are core to all lessons. Each topic is taught in-depth which allows our learners to conceptually understand key mathematical ideas.


Throughout the year, students use their knowledge to work on mathematical projects such as the Sierpinski's triangle or Tangram. They are encouraged to investigate patterns, record them mathematically and make generalisations. These enrich pupils' mathematical journey by giving them an insight into mathematical discovery. Moreover, some of our students are entered for the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust (UKMT) challenge at the junior level. Our most able mathematician also participate in the Cambridge University Saturday Masterclasses.

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4, Mathematics is a linear course taught over 3 years. The Mathematics team motivate students by ensuring that the syllabus is taught in a positive and engaging manner, providing them with the opportunity to work in a variety of ways. Our programme of study builds on from the material learnt in Key Stage 3. It also includes problem solving and mastery. Assessment objectives are shared with students throughout the course. Students and teachers use these to identify each individual learner's learning needs and to make progress visible. Our pupils receive regular feedback and are expected to complete personalised learning tasks. Furthermore, some of our students are also entered for the GCSE Statistics which is sat in Year 10. This enables them to obtain an additional GCSE qualification. Moreover, our elite students may also be entered for GCSE Further Mathematics which would provide a stepping stone into A-Level Mathematics.


To promote pupils' love for mathematics further, we enter them on the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust (UKMT) challenge. To support them, we provide after school sessions, masterclasses and interventions, all run by our mathematics teachers. Furthermore, we invite outside speakers to promote learners' interest in mathematics and give them a taste of post-16 mathematics. For all students who wish to pursue their mathematical studies, the department invites them to a course which aims at bridging the gap between GCSE and post-16 mathematics.

Key Stage 5

At Key Stage 5, the mathematics department offers the option of three different Level 3 courses, A-Level Mathematics, A-level Further Mathematics and Core Mathematics. The curriculum builds on knowledge from GCSE. A-Level Mathematics provides a challenge and looks at deeper understanding of concepts seen at GCSE. In addition, it gives some applied context into Mechanics and Statistics which is useful for many pathways after Sixth Form. A-Level Further Mathematics is aimed for students who achieve the highest grades at GCSE. Our curriculum and our teachers ensure the students are challenged through problem-solving and more intricate mathematical concepts. Core Mathematics is aimed towards students who are looking to explore mathematics used in real-life. In this course, students are engaged by discovering various areas of mathematics used in, for instance, personal finance, logistics and estimation.


All assessments are completed under controlled conditions in order to build up vital skills required for success at all levels. Pupils are made aware of what they are being assessed on, on how, prior to any test. These assessments are marked and moderated within the department following the guidelines prescribed by exam boards. In exam years, we ensure that students sit the trial examinations under exam conditions in the hall to prepare them as much as possible.