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 and promotes resilience. They will feel driven, motivated and challenged with the different topics and levels covered.

An essential piece of equipment in maths is a scientific calculator; this will also be used in other subjects within the school. Students will use this from the very first lesson in Year 7 and it will need to be on hand in all maths lessons. 

Setting: Groups are by ability with opportunities to move at stages through the year

Teachers

Mrs L Scott – Head of Maths

Mrs I Moreno – Second in Maths 

Mr D Stocking

Mr A Price

Mr K Lauder-Vale

Mrs K Leslie 

Mrs D Snook 

Mr M Roberts

 

Phase 2 (Years 7 and 8) 

At Phase 2 all students follow the National Curriculum and the National Numeracy Strategy Framework for mathematics. At the end of each topic, the students will take a unit test and at the end of each term 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 require maths. 

Topics – Year 7 
 

Term 1

Term 2

Autumn Autumn term:  Analysing data, number skills, algebra (expressions, functions and formula), decimals and measure.
Spring Spring term: Fractions, probability, ratio and proportion
Summer Summer term: Lines and angles, sequences and graphs and transformations.

 

Topics – Year 8
 

Term 1

Term 2

Autumn Autumn term: Number, area and volume, expressions and equations, real life graphs
Spring Spring term: Ratio and proportions, lines and angles and calculating with fractions
Summer Summer term: Straight line graphs, percentages, fractions and decimals, statistics, construction

 

 

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

Active learn – https://pearsonactivelearn.com/app/Home (logins will be with students soon)

Intervention In class/school time
How parents can support
Homework Monitoring the completion of weekly homework tasks. 
Revision Guide CGP Key stage 3 Revision guides
Exam Practice CGP Revision Guides
Resources Revision Guides will contain practice questions.

 

Phase 3 (Years 9, 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 9 
 

Term 1

Term 2

Autumn Autumn term Foundation: Number, decimals, powers roots, index laws, factors primes and multiples. Algebra, expanding, factoring, expressions, substitution

Autumn term Higher: Number, roots, powers, index laws, reciprocals, standard form, surds.  Algebra, rearranging formula, solving equations and sequences.

 

Spring Spring term Foundation: Data, tables, pie charts, scatter graphs, fractions, percentages, algebra, solving equations and inequalities

Spring term Higher: Data, averages, representing and interpreting data, scatter graphs, fractions, percentages, ratio and proportion.

Summer Summer term Foundation: Sequences, properties of shape, angle facts, statistics and sampling 

Summer term Higher: Polygons, angles, Pythagoras and trigonometry, real life graphs, quadratic, cubic and trigonometry graphs.

 

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.

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. 

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,

 

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.

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

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 (logins will be with students soon)

Pixl Maths app – https://mathsapp.pixl.org.uk/ (students have their logins for this)

GCSEPOD – https://www.gcsepod.com/   (students have their logins for this) 

Method maths – https://www.methodmaths.com/login.html (students have their logins for this)

Intervention In class, in tutor time and revision sessions after school on a Tuesday (starting from December 2019). 
Masterclasses Once every half term on a Monday night. Invites will go out to 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 £2.50 each
Exam Practice Same as above.

Method maths website- full maths papers are here.

Resources Revision Guides and workbooks will contain practice questions.

 

Career Opportunities

Careers with mathematics require the following skills:

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

There are a large amount 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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