Faculty Aims

Welcome to the Mathematics department. As a department we want to foster a positive attitude towards maths and its applications and aim to show the relevance and importance of maths in the real world and the impact it has. We aim to promote problem solving skills and encourage our students to work independently or as part of a team.

Course Content Overview

Pupils in Year seven are taught six lesson of mathematics per fortnight.  Years eight and nine pupils are taught seven lessons of mathematics per fortnight.  In years ten and eleven this rises to eight lessons per fortnight.  Pupils are taught skills in Number, Ratio Proportion and Rates of Change, Algebra, Geometry and Measures, Probability and Statistics.  There is also a considerable emphasis placed on applying mathematics to solve problems.

GCSE Mathematics

In May and June of Year 11 pupils will sit the OCR J560 GCSE mathematics papers.  There are two tiers Higher and Foundation.  Pupils entered for the higher tier can achieve grades 9 to 4.  Pupils entered for the Foundation tier can achieve grades 5 to 1.  There are three papers in both tiers and calculators can be used on two of the papers.  Past papers can be down loaded from the OCR website.

How we Stretch and Challenge our students in Mathematics

In Years 7 and 8 pupils follow a scheme of work which is designed to push pupils forward so they very quickly learn new skills in algebra, geometry, probability, statistics, ratio and proportion.  Pupils are also given the opportunity to solve problems using these new skills.  Pupils in years 7 and 8 are tested at the end of each term and are taught how to prepare for these exams using revision sheets written especially for each exam.

In year 9 pupils start work on the GCSE scheme of work with the aim of having studied all topics by the end of year 10.  Pupils in these years are tested in November, March and July on the work they have covered.  Year 11 is then used to prepare and revise for the demanding Mathematics GCSE.

In lessons pupils are routinely given challenge starters and other questions to extend their learning.  Problems solving booklets are used in years nine, ten and eleven to practise solving the type of problems they will encounter on the GCSE exam.

How we support our students

The pupils at Burscough Priory Academy have access to a wide variety of resources to support independent learning.  Pupils in years seven and eight are always given revision sheets before their termly assessments.  These revision sheets contain questions similar to the examinations with answers so they can independently assess their own progress.  Pupils studying for GCSE examinations are provided with past paper booklets and other revision guides.  Computer based packages such as Mathswatch are also available for pupils to use on computers at school and at home.

All pupils are able to use Mathswatch on their computers, tablets or smart phones and have personal details for logging on to this resource.

Username: School email address.

Password: triangle



Exam Schedule

Year 7

Exam at the end of each term

Year 8

Exam at the end of each term

Year 9

Exam in November, March and July

Year 10

Exam in November, March and July

Year 11

Mock exam in December and March

GCSE exam in June (OCR J560)


How parents and carers can support their children in Mathematics

Parents have a huge part to play in maximising the progress made by pupils in maths.  Every pupil is expected to have a pen, pencil, ruler and a scientific calculator (Casio fx-85GT PLUS).  Parents can use the exam schedule shown in the previous section to make sure their son/daughter is revising for their next assessment.  Parents can regularly check that pupils are producing their best work in their exercise books and ensure homework tasks are completed.  All pupils have access to Mathswatch and parents should encourage pupils to use this for independent learning.  Parents can help maintain basic mathematical skills by asking pupils to recite times tables and other mathematical facts.