The vision of the maths department at Astrea Academy Sheffield is to teach mathematics passionately while developing mutual respect and motivating students; embed accurate mathematical knowledge via a well-rounded curriculum and encourage independent reasoning.

Maths is a key subject for the future of our students, we therefore:

  • Share our passion, enthusiasm and love for the subject.
  • Aim to ensure we teach maths at the top level.
  • Teach with the belief that our subject can and should change lives.


In mathematics we understand that KS3 content is key for the success of our students moving onto GCSE’s. Due to the reduced amount of time pupils have had in schools during the 2019/20 academic year, the following changes have been made to the curriculum for the 2020/21 academic year in maths.

  • Pupils starting Y7 will start by recapping on basic maths skills in order to access KS3 curriculum.
  • Pupils starting Y8 in September will cover Y7 topics below in the first half term, followed by Y8 content.
    • Positive Integers, Negative Integers, Fractions, Decimals and Percentages.
  • Pupils starting Y9 will cover the Y8 topics below, followed by the Y9 topics. Students will need to have covered the essential KS3 material before going onto KS4, for this to happen we have condensed some topics to allow the time for this to take place. The condensed topics will then be filtered back into KS4 to ensure no learning has been missed.
      • Angles in Quadrilaterals & Polygons, Perimeter Area of Parallelograms and Volume and Surface Area of Prism and Cylinders.

Key Stage 3

We cover all core topics at key stage 3 to give pupils the best foundation possible to succeed in their GCSEs.


Positive Integers

Negative Integers

Introduction to Algebra

Simple Equations




Angles & Parallelograms Line


Perimeter and Area

Volume and Surface Area


Factors and Multiples

Approximation and Estimation

Ratio, Rate and Speed

More Percentages

Algebraic Expressions

Equations and Inequalities

Coordinates and Lines

Number of Patterns

Angles in Quadrilaterals & Polygons

Perimeter Area of Parallelograms

Volume and Surface Area of Prism and Cylinders

Statistical Graphs


Indices and Standard Form
Linear Equations in Two Variables
Factorisation and Quadratic Expressions
Non-Linear Graphs
Pythagoras Theorem
Congruence, Similarity & Enlargements

Data Analysis

Probability & Sets


Pupils are assessed informally after each chapter (every 3-4 weeks) and formally twice per year. All assessments follow the GCSE criteria, ensuring we are preparing students for the coming years. 

Key Stage 4

Exam Board – Edexcel

Awards – GCSE Mathematics

After a comprehensive Key Stage 3 programme, pupils will be streamlined in to studying for their GCSEs. The content examined can be seen below.

Topics Covered

  1. Number
  2. Algebra
  3. Radio, proportion and rates of change
  4. Geometry and measures
  5. Probability
  6. Statistics

Maths Paper 1

Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes

Foundation and Higher Tier

80 marks

33.3% of GCSE

Maths Paper 2

Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes

Foundation and Higher Tier

80 marks

33.3% of GCSE

Maths Paper 3

Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes

Foundation and Higher Tier

80 marks

33.3% of GCSE

Home Learning

Students have 2 parts to their home learning.

  1. Hegarty maths – Homework set every week
  2. Kerboodle – Access to the curriculum we follow, including the assessments.

How can you help?

  1. Each week ask about your child’s homework
  2. Provide your child a good place to work
  3. Encourage your child to work in the right way
  4. Sign-off their homework each week
  5. Encourage your child not to give up if they are making mistakes
  6. Reassure your child if they are not understanding