Mathematics

Aims of the curriculum

We wish every pupil to develop:-

  • 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. Being able to apply Maths 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 9

Term 1
  • Whole numbers and decimals
  • Measures, perimeter and area
  • Expressions and formulae
  • Fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Angles and 2-D shapes
  • Graphs
Term 2
  • Calculations
  • Statistics
  • Transformations and symmetry
  • Equations
  •  Powers and roots
Term 3
  • Constructions
  • Sequences
  • 3-D shapes
  • Ratio and proportion
  • Probability
  • Functional maths

Year 10

Term 1
  • Calculations
  • Expressions
  • Angles and polygons
  • Handling data
  • Fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Formulae and functions
Term 2
  • Working in 2-D
  • Probability
  • Measures and accuracy
  • Equations and inequalities
Term 3
  • Circles and constructions
  • Ratio and proportion
  • Factors, powers and roots
  • Functional maths

Year 11 Higher

Term 1
  • Integers and decimals
  • Fractions
  • Algebraic manipulation
  • Construction and loci
  • Measures and compound measures
  • Formulae and linear equations
  • Linear graphs
  • Perimeter, area, volume and surface area
  • Collecting and displaying data
  • Fractions, decimals and percentage
  • Ratio and proportion
Term 2
  • Circle theorems
  • Pythagoras and Trigonometry
  • Similarity and congruence
  • Simultaneous equations
  • Quadratic equations and graphs
  • Transformations
  • Further graphs and functions
  • Index notation
  • Surds
  • Sine and Cosine rules
  • Averages and range
  • Vectors
Term 3
  • Revision

Year 11 Foundation

Term 1
  • Number
  • Decimals and rounding
  • Algebraic manipulation
  • Collecting and recording data
  • Processing, representing and interpreting data
  • Calculator skills
  • Fractions
  • Angles
  • Averages and range
  • Percentages
  • Ratio and proportion
Term 2
  • 3-D shapes
  • Perimeter and area of 2-D shapes including circles
  • Linear equations and inequalities
  • Constructions and loci
  • Line diagrams and scatter graphs
  • Formulae
  • Transformations
  • Probability
  • Pythagoras’ theorem
Term 3
  • Revision

Teaching methods and student organisation

Year 9 have three lessons a week. Year 10 and 11 have 4 lessons per week. Students are grouped by ability.

  • 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

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, revision or want to extend on their learning from previous lessons
  • Pupils who would benefit from extra support are provided with intervention sessions
  • Leading up to exams class teachers run revision sessions for their groups, details of these are published on more news
  • 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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