Mathematics

Year 7
Year 8
Key Stage 4

What will my child learn about in Mathematics this year?

In year 7, students will study topics across the different strands of Mathematics; Number, Algebra, Geometry and Statistics. They will be encouraged to apply their skills to a range of real life problems and will be taught efficient ways for problem solving.

Discovery


Students will study the areas of different shapes, including triangles, parallelograms, trapeziums and compound shapes. They will be encouraged to discover how the space inside a shape relates to the length of its sides. They will investigate how and why we use different units of measure and discover how to convert between these different units.

Celebration


Students will celebrate the fact that geometry is all around us and will be encouraged to spot where this exists in everyday life and in their everyday routines. They will learn about the different facts and rules for angles, and will celebrate how geometry helps us in ways that they will not even recognise by studying bearings etc.  

Creativity


Students will learn about different types of ways of displaying data in a creative and informative way. They will study the construction and interpretation of bar charts, pie charts, stem and leaf plots, and frequency polygons. Students will be encouraged to explore the benefits of each type of chart, and how each can display data in their own creative but unique way.

Balance


In this unit, students will study fractions in great detail. They will learn about equivalent fractions, and how finding equivalent fractions involves a process of balancing. They will also learn how to add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions proficiently using efficient methods for doing so.

What type of homework will be set?

Students will receive homework each week relevant to the topic that they are studying at the time. This may be a written piece of homework, an investigatory or research task, or even an on line task.

How will my child be assessed in Mathematics this year?

Students will be assessed at the end of every unit that they study (roughly every 2 weeks) and will then complete a self -assessment sheet which details the areas they have mastered, and the areas that they still need to develop. Each assessment will be approximately 20 minutes long. They will also be assessed formally on 2 occasions throughout the year. These assessments will take place in Dec/Jan and again in June/July.

How can I support my child’s learning at home?

Parents can help their children by ensuring they are prepared for lessons with the correct equipment. This includes a pen, pencil, ruler, protractor and compasses in addition to a calculator, which may or may not be scientific. A useful link to practice materials may be found at www.mymaths.co.uk .This gives many practice tutorials and questions at different levels together with answers. In addition to this, a host of useful material may be found on our website.

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What will my child learn about in Mathematics this year?

In year 8, students will study topics across the different strands of Mathematics; Number, Algebra, Geometry, Ratio and Proportion and Statistics. They will be encouraged to apply their skills to a range of real life problems and will be taught efficient ways for problem solving.

Risk


Students will study theoretical probability and will become familiar with the associated language of probability. They will learn how to identify the risk of events occurring by knowing that they are related to the associated probability. They will learn how to identify outcomes of an event in a logical way using several types of diagrams.

Interpretation


In this unit, students will study and explore the correlation and relationship between different variables. They will be encouraged to predict relationships using their knowledge of the world around us, and will learn how those relationships may be interpreted differently.

Identity


Pupils will learn how to identify an inequality, and how this differs from an equation. They will look at how to identify the set of numbers represented by an inequality and will go on to solve inequalities by using their prior knowledge of solving equations. Pupils will be encouraged to link inequalities to real life problems and may look at basic linear programming.

Structures


Students will revisit the notion of venn diagrams and will explore how and why we use them, and the history behind them. They will learn how to identify situations where venn diagrams are useful and will link this heavily to their prior knowledge of probability. Students will learn how to solve real life logic problems using this as a method.

What type of homework will be set?

Students will receive homework each week relevant to the topic that they are studying at the time. This may be a written piece of homework, an investigatory or research task, or even an on line task.

How will my child be assessed in Mathematics this year?

Students will be assessed at the end of every unit that they study (roughly every 2 weeks) and will then complete a self -assessment sheet which details the areas they have mastered, and the areas that they still need to develop. Each assessment will be approximately 20 minutes long. They will also be assessed formally on 2 occasions throughout the year. These assessments will take place in Dec/Jan and again in June/July.

How can I support my child’s learning at home?

Parents can help their children by ensuring they are prepared for lessons with the correct equipment. This includes a pen, pencil, ruler, protractor and compasses in addition to a calculator, which may or may not be scientific. A useful link to practice materials may be found at www.mymaths.co.uk .This gives many practice tutorials and questions at different levels together with answers. In addition to this, a host of useful material may be found on our website.

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What will I learn?

Mathematics is a compulsory subject at KS4 and is compulsory for all students at KS5 who do not achieve at least a grade 4 at GCSE.

All students will take exams in GCSE Mathematics. It is the aim of the Mathematics department to prepare students for life, to improve their problem solving skills, and to extend their Mathematical knowledge.

You will study a mixture of units containing mostly Number, Algebra, Geometry, Ratio and Proportion and Probability.

GCSE Mathematics is now assessed with grades 9 (highest) to 1 (lowest) and the course is taught and examined in two tiers, Foundation and Higher. Since the reformed curriculum, there has been a slight increase in the proportion of non-structured questions in the exam which, for most students, has represented an increase in difficulty. There has been a small increase in content too, both at Foundation and Higher tier.

We also offer Additional Maths to our most able students, which is a course that is designed to bridge the gap between GCSE and A Level.

How will I be assessed?

  • Paper 1: Non-Calculator 1.5 hrs (33.3%)
  • Paper 2: Calculator 1.5hrs (33.3%)
  • Paper 3: Calculator 1.5hrs (33.3%)

What could I move onto?

Most courses after GCSE require a grade 5 in Maths or above at GCSE.

The GCSE exam will provide a good platform to study AS- or A-level mathematics and the most able students can study Further Mathematics A/AS level.

A good grade in GCSE Mathematics is widely valued by all employers as it tells them you are good at problem solving, have strong analytical skills and can provide logical and coherent arguments.

Exam Board: AQA

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