Maths and Numeracy

Staff List and Responsibilities

  • Mrs R Thompson & Mr S Farrell Faculty Learning Leader's
  • Mrs A Nisar: Deputy Learning Leader Maths Teacher
  • Mr D Norbury: Maths Teacher
  • Mr J Shelley: Maths Teacher
  • Mrs Z Khatun: Maths Teacher
  • Mrs N Smith: Maths Teacher
  • Mrs J Watt: Maths Teacher
  • Miss C Smalley: Maths Teacher and Deputy Head Teacher
  • Miss S Collins: Maths Teacher
  • Mr M Uwais: Maths Teacher
  • Mrs N Qulsoom: Maths Teacher
  • Mrs T Zafar: Maths Teacher
  • Mr D Whiteside: Maths Teacher


Studying mathematics opens up many opportunities and is essential for entry into college. Mathematics at The Oldham Academy North is taught in a suite of 8 classrooms and each classroom is fitted with an interactive whiteboard to improve the learning experience. Within the mathematics area there is a resource room suitable for small group teaching. The faculty subscribes to a number of electronic resources to enhance the learning of the students. Resources available include interactive tutorials, which specifically support the courses that our students follow, websites that help students to enhance their skills and to support students in their learning and investigatory skills.


We ensure all students leave with a Mathematics qualification at The Oldham Academy North whether it is GCSE Mathematics or Entry Level Mathematics. The qualification that suits the student best to meet their full potential will be chosen.

There are lots of opportunities to compete in mathematics competitions, we take part in UKMT and WinAtSchool annually. We do the in school papers as well as day trips competing with schools across the North West. We receive bronze, silver and gold awards annually and have had students get through to the European challenge round!


KS3 Overview

In maths at The Oldham Academy North students follow a 5 year tiered scheme of work based on six maths areas: Number, Algebra, Probability, Statistics, Geometry and Measures, and Ratio and Proportion which starts in KS3 and lays the foundation for GCSE work in year 9 and throughout KS4. KS3 pupils follow the Pi, Theta or Delta programme using a variety of teaching methods and applying the Mathematics to real life situations. The programme includes problem solving mathematics including financial planning. Students are assessed at the end of each unit and half term, they are notified of their strengths and areas for development so they are clear of what they have done well and how to improve for next time.

Students study the Mathematics National Curriculum and through this we aim to develop our students as follows:

  • a positive attitude towards mathematics, as well as competence and confidence in mathematical knowledge, concepts and skills;
  • an ability to solve problems, to reason, to think logically and to work systematically and logically;
  • the skills to use their own initiative and an ability to work both independently and in co-operation with others;
  • an ability to communicate through mathematics and to use and apply mathematics across the curriculum and in real life.

 Year 7 Study Topics

  • Analysing and displaying data
  • Arithmetic
  • Expressions, functions and formulae
  • Decimals and measures
  • Fractions
  • Probability
  • Ratio and proportion
  • Lines and angles
  • Sequences and graphs
  • Transformations

Additional Topics Covered in Year 7 

  • Equations
  • Multiplicative reasoning
  • Students not yet ready to follow a year 7 Scheme of Work, work on numeracy based activates to improve attainment.

Year 8 Study Topics

  • Negative numbers, powers and roots
  • Area and volume
  • Statistics, graphs and charts
  • Expressions and equations
  • Real life graphs
  • Decimals and ratio
  • Lines and angles
  • Calculating with fractions
  • Straight line graphs
  • Percentages, decimals and fractions

Additional Topics Covered in Year 8

  • Index laws
  • Surface area and volume of 3D shapes
  • Scale drawings and constructions
  • Students not yet ready to follow a year 8 Scheme of Work, work on numeracy based activates to improve attainment.


KS4 Overview

Year 9 students begin following the new reformed Edexcel GCSE course as a 3 year period of study, internal assessments continue to use end of topic tests and half termly assessments. Students are prepared to sit their GCSE examination using the Edexcel Linear course, which contains 3 examinations (2 calculator and 1 non-calculator) at the end of year 11 with grades determined by performance across all papers, the final grade awarded will be on 9-1 scale. Students study at either Foundation or Higher Tier depending on their ability. Students are fully supported throughout the course with excellent resources, targeted teaching and many opportunities to attend extra support sessions. One-to-one tuition is also provided for selected students.

For more information from the Edexcel exam board on the reformed GCSE click here:

Year 9 Topics of Study

  • Factors and multiples
  • Expressions, substitution and factorising
  • Graphs, tables and charts
  • Fractions and percentages
  • Equations, inequalities and sequences
  • Angles
  • Averages and range
  • Perimeter, area and volume

Additional Topics Covered in Year 9

  • Surds
  • Pyramids and cones

 Year 10 Topics of Study

  • Graphs
  • Transformations
  • Ratio and proportion
  • Right angle triangles
  • Probability
  • Multiplicative Reasoning
  • Constructions, loci and bearings
  • Quadratic equations and graphs
  • Area and Circumference of Circles

Additional Topics Covered in Year 10 

  • Quadratic formula
  • Venn diagrams and set notation
  • Growth and decay
  • Histograms
  • Circle Theorems

 Year 11 Topics of Study

  • Fractions, indices and standard form
  • Congruence
  • Simultaneous equations

 Additional Topics Covered in Year 11

  • Algebraic Fractions
  • Translating graphs of functions



There are many websites and packages the mathematics faculty use for interactive learning experiences in the academy and as homework, students receive individual usernames and all work is sent back to their class teacher to monitor their progress.



Some of these materials available are:

MY MATHS– Where students can do online homework and access lessons on all the units covered.

MATHSWATCH– Where students can access teacher led videos on all the course content.

ACTIVELEARN– Online homework with examples and revision material.

DIAGNOSTIC QUESTIONS– Multiple choice and reasoning activities to help students rectify any misconceptions, the website then personalized each student’s revision package.

DODDLE– A variety of homework, classwork and assessment activities that are interactive.

GCSE POD- A collection of podcasts on all of the maths GCSE topics.


Other useful Maths websites:


**We advise that students purchase a calculator for their exam and we have the Casio model available in school at a cost of £5.00.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the Maths faculty