Mathematics

Aims of the curriculum

  • A genuine feeling of how numbers fit together; the ability to carry out calculations, understand the significance of results and estimate whether or not an answer is reasonable
  • The ability to apply Mathematics in everyday situations and develop an understanding of the part which Maths plays in the world; to a range of business contexts and develop an understanding of the part which Maths plays in the world of work; to other subjects, such as business studies, science, technology and geography
  • The ability to solve problems, present solutions clearly, checks and interprets results
  • The ability to communicate what they have learned clearly, both in written form and orally
  • The confidence to experiment and make mistakes, and persevere when problems arise

Curriculum overview

Year 7

Term 1
  • Baseline test/induction
  • Whole numbers and decimals
  • Measures, perimeter and area
  • Expressions and formulae
  • Fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Angles and 2-D shapes
Term 2
  • Graphs
  • Whole number calculations
  • Statistics
  • Transformations and symmetry
  • Equations
Term 3
  • Factors and multiples
  • Constructions and 3-D shapes
  • Sequences
  • Further whole number and decimal calculations
  • Ratio and proportion
  • Probability
  • Functional maths

Year 8

Term 1
  • Baseline test
  • Whole numbers and decimals
  • Measures, perimeter and area
  • Expressions and formulae
  • Fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Angles and shapes
Term 2
  • Graphs
  • Mental calculations
  • Statistics
  • Collecting and representing data
  • Transformations
  • Equations
Term 3
  • Written and calculator methods
  • Constructions
  • Sequences
  • 3-D shapes
  • Ratio and proportion
  • Probability
  • Functional maths

Teaching methods and student organisation

  • Year 7 students have four lessons per week, and year 8 students have three lessons per week. Students are grouped by ability within their pathway
  • Lessons will usually begin with either an introduction to a new topic, building from previous experience, or a re-cap of work from a previous topic
  • During the lesson there will be time for discussion and reflection, regular mini plenaries to assess understanding and opportunities for self and peer assessment
  • A plenary session at the end should allow pupils the opportunity to reflect on what they have learned

Progression after Key Stage 3

Students will continue to study mathematics in Key Stage 4, and will also be able to study optional subjects such as Business Studies and Geography that will use mathematical concepts.

Additional classes and extra curricular activities

  • Maths Clinic is a drop in session that runs every Wednesday 3pm-4pm in S14. This is open to all pupils whether they need extra help and revision or want to extend on their learning from previous lessons.
  • Number crunchers takes place on Friday lunchtimes for students who need more practice of basic numeracy skills.
  • If pupils need help they are always welcome to see their class teacher outside of lesson time

 

How can you help your child?

  • Students will be given a formal piece of homework every week. Parents can help by supporting their child where possible with this and ensure that this is being completed on time. They will also be provided with materials that can be used daily to support progress.
  • Students will be assessed every half term in mathematics, and may need help in their revision of topics
  • All pupils have individual logins and passwords for www.mymaths.co.uk and should be encouraged to use this website on a regular basis and are provided with a Mathswatch CD to support independent learning.

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