Mathematics

Key Stage 3

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 students will follow the White Rose Maths scheme of work and Y8 they will follow the Pearson scheme of work, which consists of three pathways. In Years 9-11 there are two pathways (Higher and Foundation)

The aim at key stage 3 is to build on and reinforce the skills learnt in Key Stage 2. Students study a broad range of topics. Our Key stage 3 curriculum places a high importance on building confidence in reasoning and problem solving.

The aim at key stage 3 is to build on and reinforce the skills learnt in Key Stage 2. Students study a broad range of topics. Our Key stage 3 curriculum places a high importance on building confidence in reasoning and problem solving.

Students study the following topics:

Year 7

  • Sequences
  • 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

Year 8

Boost
Number properties and calculations
Decimal calculations
Number properties
Fractions and percentages
Transformations
Shapes and measures in 3d
Angles
Statistics
Probability
Expressions and Equations
Sequences
Polygons and Transformations
Probability
Constructions
Statistics
Geometry in 2d and 3d
Algebraic and geometric formulae
Dealing with Data
Challenge
Number
Factors and Powers
Decimals and ratio
Percentages, Decimals and Fractions
Calculating with fractions
Transformations
Area and Volume
Lines and Angles
Statistics, graphs and charts
Probability
Real-life graphs
Expressions and Equations
Straight line graphs
Sequences
Circles, Pythagoras and Prisms
Multiplicative Reasoning
Constructions
Multiplicative reasoning
Extend
Factors and powers
Calculating with Fractions
Percentages, Decimals and Fractions
Fractions, Decimals and %’s
Transformations
2D shapes and 3D solids
Lines and Angles
Scale drawing and measures
Averages
Probability
Real life graph
Constructions and Loci
Working with powers
Graphs
Non-linear Graphs
Trigonometry
Graphical Solutions
Inequalities, equations and formulae

Independent Study

Students receive 45 minutes of homework each week, with an emphasis on retrieval practice. They will receive a mixed homework on what they have been covering in lessons one week and in the alternate week they will receive Hegarty maths quizzes to complete. Support is always on hand if students are struggling. Students are encouraged to use Hegarty Maths to revise concepts and complete quizzes to test their understanding