Why learn maths?

Mathematics is the means of looking at the patterns that make up our world and the intricate and beautiful ways in which they are constructed and realised. The subject transcends cultural boundaries and its importance is universally recognised. Mathematics helps us to understand and change the World.

Mathematics contributes to the school curriculum by developing pupils’ abilities to calculate; to reason logically, algebraically, and geometrically; to solve problems and to handle data. Mathematics is important for pupils in many other areas of study, particularly Science and Technology. It is also important in everyday living, in many forms of employment, and in public decision-making. As a subject in its own right, Mathematics presents frequent opportunities for creativity, and can stimulate moments of pleasure and wonder when a problem is solved for the first time, or a more elegant solution to a problem is discovered, or when hidden connections suddenly manifest.

What will be covered?

The KS3 curriculum at Wyvern Academy, is taught through routes that will enable pupils to progress from KS2 through to their GSCE targets. Within each route the mathematical topics are taught through objective led lessons under the element headings of:

  • Place Value, Ordering and Rounding
  • Integers, Powers and Roots
  • Fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Ratio and proportion
  • Number operations
  • Equations, formulae, expressions and identities
  • Sequences, functions and graphs
  • Measures and mensuration
  • Properties of shape and construction
  • Probability
  • Statistics

The KS4 curriculum at Wyvern Academy, uses the new 1-9 grading system. The GCSE specification in mathematics provides a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study. It encourages students to develop confidence in, and a positive attitude towards mathematics and to recognise the importance of mathematics in their own lives and to society.

The specification does this by enabling students to:

  • develop fluent knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts
  • acquire, select and apply mathematical techniques to solve problems
  • reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences and draw conclusions
  • comprehend, interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context.

The content is taught under the headings of:


  • Structure and calculation
  • Fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Measures and accuracy


  • Notation, vocabulary and manipulation
  • Graphs
  • Solving equations and inequalities
  • Sequences

Ratio, proportion and rates of change

Geometry and measures

  • Properties and constructions
  • Mensuration and calculations
  • Vectors



Further information can be found here.

What are the career possibilities?

Maths qualifications are important for most career paths when you leave school. If you choose to take your studying of the subject beyond GCSE, you can go into: accounting, medicine, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, forensic pathology, finance, business, consultancy, teaching, IT, games development, scientific research, programming, civil service, design, construction and astrophysics to name a few…

Further information can be found from the Maths Careers website.