Maths

What will students learn?

Year 7

In year 7 students will be following Mathematics Mastery programme. This programme is focused on Year 7 with the aim ‘to address educational disadvantage by promoting, developing, researching and supporting a mastery approach to mathematics teaching’. This is done by focusing on a key Mathematical skill each half term and exploring those skills in depth. The emphasis on Number in Year 7 is to ensure that every child has a strong understanding of the basic mathematical concepts, creating a solid tool bank for them to call upon throughout their mathematics career. Tasks are structured to support and stretch students, challenging their mathematical thinking at all stages. Each year, students will cover new skills for a longer period of time. The method of delivery will be through problem solving to ensure they are able to apply their mathematical skills in various context. Further information can be found in ‘KS3 Maths information’ document. 

Year 8

In Mathematics, pupils will study a range of different topics from Number, Data Handling, Algebra, Geometry and Measures in everyday contexts. Within the Year 8 curriculum, there is an emphasis on skills; both Mathematically specific skills such as representing data and geometrical constructions and skills that they can transfer across a range of subjects e.g reading for meaning and communicating to different audiences. Furthermore, students are given the opportunity to develop their literacy, numeracy and ICT skills.

Year 9

Students in Set 1 will embark on the GCSE Higher Course in September 2013. Students in Set 2 – Set 4 will continue with the current teaching programme and commence the GCSE course in the Summer Term. In Mathematics, pupils will continue to study a range of different topics from Number, Data Handling, Algebra, Geometry and Measures. Within the Year 9 curriculum, there is an emphasis on skills; Mathematically specific skills such as applying their mathematical skills to real life problems ( Functional skills)and skills that they can transfer across a range of subjects e.g reading for meaning and communicating to different audiences. Within the year, students are given the opportunity to develop their literacy, numeracy and ICT skills.

How will they be assessed?

Year 7

To help find out how students are progressing…

Students’ books are regularly taken in by their Mathematics teacher and they will receive written feedback on their most recent work or home learning task. This will give students guidance on what work they have completed well and what they need to work on to ensure that they make further progress. For each unit, students are levelled using an APP assessment. This is an assessment of each Mathematical area (Number, Data Handling, Algebra,Geometry and Measures and Mathematical Processes).

To help find out what students have learned…

Throughout the course of the year, students will have 3 main cross year tests, the Christmas Cross Year Test, the Spring Cross Year Test and the End of Year Exam (which takes place in the Summer Term). Students will be issued with a level from 3 to 6H from these assessments. Their overall achievement for the year will be given in the end of year report using all these assessments to give an average level for the year. 

Year 8

To help find out how students are progressing…

Students’ books are regularly taken in by their Mathematics teacher and they will receive written feedback on their most recent work or home learning task. This will give students guidance on what work they have completed well and what they need to work on to ensure that they make further progress. For each unit, students are levelled using an APP assessment. This is an assessment of each Mathematical area (Number, Data Handling, Algebra, Geometry and Measures and Mathematical Processes).

To help find out what students have learned…

Throughout the course of the year, students will have 6 cross year tests, the October Half Term Test, the Christmas Main Exam, two Spring Cross Year Tests and two Summer Cross Year Tests. Students will be issued with a level from 3 to 7h at the end of each term assessments. Their overall achievement for the year will be given in the end of year report using all these assessments to give an average level for the year. 

Year 9

To help find out how students are progressing…

Students’ books are regularly taken in by their Mathematics teacher and they will receive written feedback on their most recent work or home learning task. This will give students guidance on what work they have completed well and what they need to work on to ensure that they make further progress.

To help find out what students have learned…

Throughout the course of the year, students will have 4 cross year tests, the October Half Term Test, the Christmas Cross Year Test, the Spring Cross Year Test and the End of Year Exam (which takes place in the Summer Term). Students will be issued with a level from 3 to 8a from these assessments. Their overall achievement for the year will be given in the end of year report using all these assessments to give an average level for the year. 

Home Learning

Year 7

Students will receive one home learning assignment once a week and the expectation is that this will take between 20 minutes to 30 minutes to complete. Students will be given home learning tasks in a variety of forms. In some cases it will take the form of text book exercises or guided research tasks. In all cases, the home learning tasks will consolidate their understanding of the topics and skills that have been covered in previous lessons.

Year 8

Students will receive one home learning assignment once a week and the expectation is that this will take between 30 minutes to 40 minutes to complete. Students will be given home learning tasks in a variety of forms. In some cases it will take the form of text book exercises or guided research tasks. In all cases, the home learning tasks will consolidate their understanding of the topics and skills that have been covered in previous lessons.

Year 9

Students will receive one home learning assignment once a week and the expectation is that this will take approximately 45 minutes to complete. Students will be given home learning tasks in a variety of forms. In some cases it will take the form of text book exercises, guided research tasks or past examination questions. In all cases, the home learning tasks will consolidate their understanding of the topics and skills that have been covered in previous lessons.

How can parents support their child?

Year 7

When pupils are going through topics from their lessons at home, they can visit main Mathematics websites for KS3:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/ks3bitesize/maths/  

http://www.mymaths.co.uk ( your child can ask for the username and password from their class teacher)

You can also support your child by ensuring that your child has a full maths set and calculator. You child will be given a revision checklist and revision paper before each examination. You can go through these with your child before the test to ensure that your child is fully prepared.

Year 8

When pupils are going through topics from their lessons at home, they can visit main Mathematics websites for KS3:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/ks3bitesize/maths/

http://www.mymaths.co.uk ( your child can ask for the username and password from their class teacher)

You can also support your child by ensuring that your child has a full maths set and calculator. You child will be given a revision checklist and revision paper before each examination. You can go through these with your child before the test to ensure that your child is fully prepared.

Year 9

When pupils are going through topics from their lessons at home, they can visit main Mathematics websites for KS3:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/ks3bitesize/maths/

http://www.mymaths.co.uk ( your child can ask for the username and password from their class teacher)

http://www.emaths.co.uk/learn.htm

You can also support your child by ensuring that your child has a full maths set and calculator. You child will be given a revision checklist and revision paper before each examination. You can go through these with your child before the test to ensure that your child is fully prepared.

 

Extra Curricular activities

Year 7

Mathemagic Club

This club takes place at lunchtimes and gives pupils the opportunity to play a variety of mathematical games such as Connect 4 and Mastermind, as well as a selection of tricky puzzles. Students also have the opportunity to compete in chess tournaments against other schools.

Junior Mathematics Challenge

Pupils in Year 7 are invited to compete in the Junior Mathematical Challenge which usually takes place at the beginning of the summer term. This is a fun Maths competition entered by children across the country and in the past we have enjoyed good results on a national scale.

Year 8

Mathemagic Club

This club takes place at lunchtimes and gives pupils the opportunity to play a variety of mathematical games such as Connect 4 and Mastermind, as well as a selection of tricky puzzles. Students also have the opportunity to compete in chess tournaments against other schools.

Junior Mathematics Challenge

Pupils in Year 8 are invited to compete in the Junior Mathematical Challenge which usually takes place at the beginning of the summer term. This is a fun Maths competition entered by children across the country and in the past we have enjoyed good results on a national scale.

Year 9

Mathemagic Club

This club takes place at lunchtimes and gives pupils the opportunity to play a variety of mathematical games such as Connect 4 and Mastermind, as well as a selection of tricky puzzles. Students also have the opportunity to compete in chess tournaments against other schools.

Intermediate Mathematics Challenge

Pupils in Year 9 are invited to compete in the Intermediate Mathematical Challenge which usually takes place at the beginning of the summer term. This is a fun Maths competition entered by children across the country and in the past we have enjoyed good results on a national scale