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Programme of study

The ability to use numbers, measurement and statistics and the properties of shape is a requirement for all employers and college courses and is essential for a variety of tasks throughout life.

Mathematics, like the ability to speak, write and listen, is therefore, a life skill and not just a school subject.

The national curriculum for Mathematics is divided into four sections:

  • Using and Applying Mathematics
  • Number and Algebra
  • Shape, Space and Measure
  • Handling Data

Each of the sections is divided into levels. In primary school, children are mainly taught to achieve level 4 by the end of Year 6. At Cansfield, the majority of students in Year 7 study level 5/6 of the national curriculum with some more able students working toward level 6/7. Some students who find the subject particularly challenging follow a course of study designed to achieve their potential in GCSEs in Year 11. Our curriculum is enriched with many real life and functional tasks.

All students enjoy the opportunity to experience a variety of topics including cross-curriculum work and projects, linking to Religious Education, Geography, PE, Design & Technology and Modern Languages, PSHE.


All students are expected to have a pen, pencil, eraser and ruler for each lesson. It is recommended that each student has their own scientific calculator for each lesson.


  • Check that your child has the right equipment each morning.
  • Check their homework is completed in accordance with their timetable.
  • Help them to improve their mental arithmetic skills by practising their multiplication
  • Talk about measurement of various kinds, old and new, encouraging your child to
    estimate lengths, weights, capacities in cans, bottles, etc.
  • Help your child to be organised, keeping their old books for revision for exams.
  • Buy an appropriate revision guide to provide extra help and support at home. Guides can be
    bought through school if required.
  • Encourage your child to present their work clearly to aid understanding.
  • Help your child see the mathematics in the world around them.