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The aim of all Maths learning and teaching at The Orchard Centre is to ensure that all of the students we teach are able to gain the highest level of qualification that they can during their time with us.

Students who attend the Orchard PRU all arrive with an individual set of circumstances and an individual ‘journey’ as far as their Maths education is concerned. From the outset it is important that these individual circumstances do not have a lasting impact on the Mathematical development of any student. Sometimes there are personal barriers to overcome and sometimes a lack of continuity or a complete break in education may have led to deficits in their learning.

It therefore becomes very important to find the level of functioning of every student so that an appropriate, interesting and challenging curriculum can be put into place. This may mean providing work at Level 1 of the National Curriculum, right through to Grade A* on the GCSE Higher Maths Paper.

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Courses Offered and Examinations Taken:

All of the courses offered and course materials used closely follow those used in mainstream schools. It is important for us to mirror what is taught in mainstream schools as closely as possible so that any student moving from The Orchard Centre back to mainstream does not lose any time, experience, or methodology which could set their progress back before they start.

As students gradually increase their time in mainstream, their whole learning experience at The Orchard Centre can revolve around their mainstream work. If a student remains with us for a longer period of time, we will ensure that their learning is monitored and progress is made ready to take similar external exams to those that they would have taken in mainstream.


Key Stage 3 Curriculum


The KS3 programme of study begins by building on the skills learnt in primary school.  Essential number work is taught with particular emphasis on ‘smart’ ways to solve problems.  Familiarity and confidence with number lays the foundation for the other aspects of maths including shape, space and measure, data handling, algebra and probability.

Students in Year 7 generally have a wide range of starting points in terms of the maths content they have studied and the academic levels they have reached.  Planning for lessons has to take account of this and so each topic is differentiated to take account of the differing starting levels.

Topics for Key Stage 3:


  • Place value of numbers and decimals.
  • Rounding
  • Indices, powers and roots.
  • Factors, multiples and primes.
  • Sequences
  • The four rules of numberdata
  • Fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Metric and imperial measures
  • Order of operations
  • Sequences

Shape, Space and Measure

  • Angles and proofs.
  • Constructing triangles.
  • Special quadrilaterals.
  • Angles in polygons.
  • Area and perimeter
  • Volume
  • Transformations
  • 2D and 3D shapes and their properties
  • Nets
  • Co-ordinates
  • Constructions and Loci
  • Pythagoras’ Theorem
  • Similar Shapes



  • It all adds up to 1
  • Chances in probability
  • Experimental probabilitygraph
  • What are your chances?

Handling Data

  • Collecting data
  • Interpreting data
  • Presenting data
  • Frequency tables
  • Reading and interpreting graphs



  • Functions and mapping
  • Distance-Time graphs
  • Using letters to communicate
  • Understanding brackets
  • Developing and using formulae
  • Constructing equations
  • Solving equations
  • Graphs
  • Equations