The mathematics department at St Thomas More aims to promote the appreciation and enjoyment of mathematics for all students. Staff are enthusiastic about their subject and aim to show, where possible, the applications of mathematics in everyday life.
The staff in the mathematics department support all students regardless of their ability in the subject. We recognise that to some, mathematics does not come easily, and additional support is available for those who find the subject difficult. Throughout the five years at St Thomas More, students study a wide variety of mathematical topics ranging from Number to Statistics and learn how the different topics in mathematics link to each other.
In years 7 and 8 students follow a scheme of work based on the White Rose Maths scheme, which is aimed at developing the pupil’s mastery of maths. This builds the foundations on which GCSE mathematics is based and so prepares them for year 9 when they start their GCSE course.
Many of the topics studied will be revisited across years 7 and 8 so as to help pupils retain the information.
Below is a list of the topics to be studied;
- Understand and use algebraic notation
- Equality and equivalence
- Place value and ordering integers and decimals
- Fractions, decimals, and percentage equivalence
- Solving problems with addition and subtraction
- Solving problems with multiplication and division
- Fractions and percentages of amounts
- Operations and equations with directed number
- Addition and subtraction of fractions
- Constructing, measuring, and using geometric notation
- Develop geometric reasoning
- Developing number sense
- Sets and probability
- Prime numbers and proof
Students receive 45 minutes of homework each week, with an emphasis on retrieval practice. They will receive a mixed homework on what they have previously studied once a month and in the remaining weeks they will receive a mixture of online and written homework’s. Support is always on hand if students are struggling. Students are encouraged to use MathsWatch to improve their understanding