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Curriculum overview

Horizons Academy aims to develop students’ mathematical confidence allowing them to solve a range of complex problems and critically analyse the world around us. We seek to expose them to the beauty of mathematics through a universal language which underpins many other areas of the curriculum. Mathematics fosters reasoning and problem solving, leading to mastery and logical thinking which builds students into well rounded and aspirational citizens of the future.

In order to be learned, ideas need to be understood deeply; they must not merely be passively received but must be worked on by the student, thought about, reasoned with and discussed with others.

Our curriculum will vary the way a concept is initially presented to students, by giving examples that display a concept as well as those that don’t display it. We will also carefully vary practise questions so that mechanical repetition is avoided, and thinking is encouraged.

Our philosophy is grounded in the quick and efficient recall of facts and procedures to allow students the flexibility to move between different contexts and representations of mathematics. Students should be able to connect new ideas to concepts that have already been understood. This ensures that, once understood and mastered, new ideas are used again in next steps of learning.


  • Exam Board: Pearson
  • Qualification: GCSE
  • Paper 1 – Non-calculator (Foundation and Higher papers – 1hr 30mins)
  • Paper 2 – Calculator (Foundation and Higher papers – 1hr 30 mins)
  • Paper 3 - Calculator (Foundation and Higher papers - 1hr 30 min)

Links to Future Study & Careers

Studying Mathematics gives you lifelong problem-solving skills and develops your ability to think logically and systematically. You will need a good GCSE in Mathematics to study A-Level Mathematics and Science, and you will need at least a Grade 7 to go on to study A-Level Further Maths.

Advanced mathematics qualifications are highly regarded by employers and universities. They are often required or recommended. Studying mathematics helps you develop skills in logical thinking, problem-solving and decision-making, which are valued by employers across many job sectors. Mathematics leads to a vast array of careers, including but not limited to Accounting, Finance, Research Science, Meteorology and Software Development, business management, psychology, banking, ICT, engineering and medicine, to name just a few

Curriculum map

Please click here for the GCSE Math curriculum map.