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The Bay CE School

Maths

Welcome to the Maths department

The Maths department seeks to achieve high standards in the teaching and learning of mathematics, bringing the best out of all our students, irrespective of their ability and giving them the confidence to use the mathematical skills that they have acquired. Our curriculum links maths to real life, encouraging students to problem solve, explore relationships and links between the different topics in maths which promotes resilience. The students will feel driven, motivated and challenged with the different topics and spiralled curriculum.

An essential piece of equipment in maths is a scientific calculator (it will be needed for every lesson); it will be used in other subjects within the school. 

Setting: 

Groups are by ability with opportunities to move at stages through the year for Years 9 to 11

Years 7 and 8 have 2 specialised groups, then mixed ability.   

Teachers

Mrs L Scott – Head of Maths

Mrs I Moreno - Deputy Head of maths, KST 3 lead

Mr K Lauder-Vale

Miss Harris  

Mrs S Dixon

Mrs S Green

Mrs H Ward 

How the Curriculum has been adapted following the Covid-19 Pandemic

The curriculum of Maths has been developed to focus on learning and development of topics through our spiralled teaching and learning. This has allowed us to address the misconceptions that may have been caused by the COVID - 19 Pandemic. One aspect that will be utilised is the use of google classrooms, teachers will be placing work, homework and supporting materials on here to aid learning and support independence. 

Phase 2 (Years 7 , 8 and 9) 

Like all schools, Phase 2 all students follow the National Curriculum. Our maths curriculum is spiralled so the students will revisit topics through the year as well as learn new skills e.g Algebra .At the end of each topic, the students will take a unit test. At the end of each term all students will take a termly test.  Students are developing their understanding and curiosity of maths, this includes where it is seen in everyday life e.g Fibonacci sequence. We will also look at all the different types of subjects and jobs requiring maths. 

Topics – Year 7 

 

Term 1

Term 2

Autumn

Autumn term:  Analysing data, number skills, algebra (expressions, functions and formula)

Spring

Spring term: Fractions, probability, ratio and proportion

Summer

Summer term: Lines and angles, sequences and graphs and transformations.

 Extension units to promote learning will cover: multiplicative reasoning, perimeter, area and volume

 

Topics – Year 8

 

Term 1

Term 2

Autumn

Autumn term: Number, area and volume, expressions and equations, real life graphs

Extension unit to promote learning: 2D and 3D shapes

Spring

Spring term: Ratio and proportions, lines and angles and calculating with fractions

Extension units to promote learning:  fractions, decimals and percentages and probability

Summer

Summer term: Straight line graphs, percentages, fractions and decimals, statistics, construction

 

Topics – Year 9 

 

Term 1

Term 2

Autumn

Number, decimals, powers roots, index laws, reciprocals, standard form, surds factors primes and multiples. Algebra, expanding, factoring, expressions, substitution rearranging formula, solving equations and sequences.

Spring

Data, tables, pie charts, scatter graphs, averages, representing and interpreting data, scatter graphs, fractions, percentages, ratio and proportion. Algebra, solving equations and inequalities

Summer

Sequences, properties of shape, angle facts, Polygons, angles, Pythagoras and trigonometry, real life graphs, quadratic, cubic and trigonometry graphs. Statistics and sampling  

At the end of each topic, the students will take a unit test and at the end of each term a termly test. This is a spiralled curriculum so students will revisit topics throughout the year.  

Students are developing their understanding and curiosity of maths, this includes where it is seen in everyday life e.g Fibonacci sequence.

We will also look at all the different types of subjects and jobs that require maths. 

Support available 

Useful websites

BBC Bitesize – https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize (free site)

Active learn – https://pearsonactivelearn.com/app/Home (Students have their logins)

Corbett maths – https://corbettmaths.com/ (free site) 

GeoGebra – https://www.geogebra.org/?lang=en-GB (free site)

Maths Genie - https://www.mathsgenie.co.uk/gcse.html (free site) 

Intervention

In class/school time and via ‘Active Learn’

Google classroom - all teachers upload linked materials to the lessons that have been covered. 

How parents can support

Homework

Monitoring the completion of weekly homework tasks. 

Revision Guide

CGP Key stage 3 Revision guides

Revision guides and workbooks - Pearson Edexcel (9-1) from reception £2.80 each

Exam Practice

CGP Revision Guides

Maths genie https://www.mathsgenie.co.uk/gcse.html

Google Classroom - Teachers will place papers on here and give out Paper copies. 

Resources

Revision Guides will contain practice questions. 

Have a scientific calculator, a phone is not acceptable.

Phase 3 (Years 10 and 11)

This qualification in Mathematics encourages students to develop confidence in, and a positive attitude towards, mathematics and to recognise the importance of mathematics in their own lives and to society. This qualification prepares students to make informed decisions about the use of technology, the management of money, further learning opportunities and career choices.

During Phase 3 the topics covered will be ensuring that the students go deeper into the maths, making links to real life and job prospects. Students will learn proficiency, problem solving skills and resilience. At the end of each topic, the students will take a unit test and at the end of each term a termly test. All assessments will be based on the GCSE and have links to other subjects e.g design technology, geography, food technology and science.

Mathematics is still tiered Foundation (grades 1 to 5), Higher (grades 3 to 9). We use Pearson, Edexcel for our exam board. 

Assessment: There are three exam papers which are 1 hour 30 minutes in length. Calculators are required for papers 2 and 3. 

Topics – Year 10

 

Term 1

Term 2

Autumn

Autumn term Foundation: area, perimeter, volume, real life graphs, straight-line graphs, transformations, reflections, enlargements, translations, rotations.

Autumn term Higher: area, perimeter, volume, spheres, cones, bounds, transformations, reflections, rotations, enlargements, translations, constructions, bearing, loci and inequalities.

Some students will also be completing the Statistics course which will run alongside the maths lessons. This will be spread over years 10 and 11. Units covered in Year 10 Autumn: Probability

Spring

Spring term Foundation: Ratio, proportion, trigonometry in right angled triangles, Pythagoras and probability. 

Spring term Higher: probability, multiplicative reasoning, similarity, congruence and graphs of trigonometric functions. 

Some students will also be completing the Statistics course which will run alongside the maths lessons. This will be spread over years 10 and 11. Units covered in Year 10 spring: collection of data, Processing and representing data and Summarising data

Summer

Summer term Foundation: Multiplicative reasons, plans and elevations, constructions, bearing and loci,

Summer term Higher: Data, cumulative frequency, box plots, histograms, quadratics, expanding sketching graphs, circle graphs,

Some students will also be completing the Statistics course which will run alongside the maths lessons. This will be spread over years 10 and 11. Units covered in Year 10 summer: scatter graphs and time series graphs 

Topics – Year 11 

 

Term 1

Term 2

Autumn

Autumn term Foundation: Quadratics, quadratic graphs, equations, expanding, factorising, circles, cylinders, cones, spheres, fractions, reciprocals, indices and standard form.

Autumn term Higher: Circle theorems, rearranging formula, surds, proof, vectors, geometric proof.

Some students will also be completing the Statistics course which will run alongside the maths lessons. This will be spread over years 10 and 11. Units covered in Year 11 Autumn: index number

Spring

Spring term Foundation: Similar and congruency in shapes, vectors and rearranging formula.

Spring term Higher: Reciprocal and exponential graphs, gradient and area under graphs, direct and inverse proportion

Some students will also be completing the Statistics course which will run alongside the maths lessons. This will be spread over years 10 and 11. Units covered in Year 11 spring: probability distribution 

Summer

Revision in preparation for the exam season

Exam Season

Support available 

Useful Websites

BBC Bitesize – https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize (free site)

Active learn – https://pearsonactivelearn.com/app/Home (Students have their logins)

Corbett maths – https://corbettmaths.com/ (free site) 

GeoGebra – https://www.geogebra.org/?lang=en-GB (free site) 

Maths Genie - https://www.mathsgenie.co.uk/gcse.html (free site)

Intervention

In class, in tutor time and revision sessions after school on Tuesday for Higher Paper students, Thursday for Foundation students . 

How parents can support 

Homework

Monitoring the completion of weekly homework tasks. 

Revision Guide

Pearson, Edexcel Revision Guide and workbook. Sold through school at £2.80 each

Exam Practice

See  websites 

Resources

Revision Guides and workbooks will contain practice questions.

Have a scientific calculator, a phone is not acceptable.  

Career Opportunities

Careers with mathematics require the following skills:

  • analytical skills
  • a logical mind
  • problem-solving skills
  • computing skills

There are a large number of careers that involve the use of mathematics and an interest in figures. Some examples are:

  • Accountancy – recording and analysing financial information for individuals, companies, public sector organisations etc
  • Administrative work with figures – in all organisations, ranging from local authorities to manufacturing industries – perhaps working in payroll or accounts
  • Architecture – combines a flair for design with mathematical skills
  • Computing – perhaps working in software development or systems analysis
  • Financial advice work – advising people about their personal finances
  • Financial services – banking, building society work, insurance and pensions
  • Logistics – working out the most efficient way to move goods and people around
  • Management and administration – will almost certainly include some financial or statistical work
  • Marketing and market research – making sure your organisation is providing the goods and services that customers want, and promoting them effectively; market research often involves quantitative research
  • Purchasing – buying goods or raw materials for an organisation, at the best possible price
  • Quantity surveying – working out costs for major building projects
  • Stock and commodity market work – investing in commodities and stocks and shares
  • Medical and healthcare work – many jobs in these areas require an ability with clinical measurements, interpreting figures etc

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