Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy

Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy



The Mathematics department at OSCA consists of a dedicated team of caring professionals who are all committed to raising the attainment of ALL students. This will enable the majority of our students to achieve a minimum target grade, which is critical in terms of their future careers.

Mathematics is a collection of knowledge, skills and processes that will be crucial for the students to learn and master in preparation for their next steps. There is a willingness from all members of the Mathematics team to make the subject more relevant by applying this knowledge and the skills and processes to real life situations and students will be encouraged to use Mathematics to solve a range of problems throughout their time at the academy. 

Students at both key stages will be assessed regularly and their progress continually tracked using the new 9 -1 grading, with any underachievement being addressed by the application of any of a number of interventions we offer and liaison with parents. There will be a real focus on ensuring that students have a good understanding of the work rather than just learning and repeating a skill

All students are taught in ability sets throughout their school careers. In lower school (years 7 & 8) students will follow broadly the same programme of study, however further challenge is prominent in the higher sets. This will ensure that students are able to make appropriate progress towards their target grades, giving them a solid foundation in preparation for their GCSE work (years 9, 10 & 11).

The curriculum areas studied in years 7 and 8 are:

Whole numbers and decimals
Measures, perimeter and area
Expressions and formulae
Fractions, decimals and percentages
Angles and 2D shapes
Adding and subtracting
Transformations and symmetry
Factors and multiples
Constructions and 3D shapes
Multiplying and dividing
Ratio and proportion

Throughout Key Stage 4 students will follow a course leading to a GCSE at either Foundation or Higher tier which is taken at the end of Year 11. 

The curriculum areas studied in year 9 are:

Angles and polygons
Handling data 1
Fractions, decimals and percentages
Formulae and functions
Working in 2D

The curriculum areas studied in year 10 are:

Measures and accuracy
Equations and inequalities
Circles and constructions
Ratio and proportion
Factors, powers and roots
Graphs 1
Working in 3D
Handling data 2
Calculations 2

The curriculum areas studied in year 11 are:

Graphs 2
Pythagoras and trigonometry
Combined events
Units and proportionality

The GCSE exam will consist of 3 written papers, each worth 33.3% of the final grade.
Paper 1 ( 1.5 hours, non calculator)
Paper 2 ( 1.5 hours, calculator allowed )
Paper 3 (1.5 hours, calculator allowed )

The HIGHER tier will examine grades 4 to 9

The FOUNDATION tier will examine grades 1 to 5
Students who achieve grades 6 - 9 at GCSE are well prepared for study at Advanced Level.

Maths - GCSE
Statistics - GCSE


Useful links to support progress in Maths

The academy offers a range of resources to enhance your child’s learning in mathematics. Here is the access information your child will need to use them:

Username: tividale
Password: number


Password: mathswatch

SAM Learning
Centre ID: b69th


To further support the progress of your child at home, we encourage you to participate with your child’s learning at home. Here are a list of websites you can use with your child on a weekly basis. They include videos, worksheets and games.

* http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/maths

* http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/maths/games

* http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zqhs34j

* http://resources.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/maths/

* http://www.cimt.plymouth.ac.uk/projects/mepres/book7/book7.htm



It is also important to challenge your child to improve skills such as problem solving and critical thinking. Here are a list of websites you can use with your child on a weekly basis. They include problem solving questions, competitions and articles that will widen your child’s understanding of maths in the real world.

* http://nrich.maths.org/secondary-lower

* http://mathschallenge.net/

* https://www.ukmt.org.uk/individual-competitions/junior-challenge/