Maths

What will students learn?

Year 7

In year 7, Students follow the first year of a two-year KS3 Scheme of Work. We follow a scheme of work which allows students to work on fluency, reasoning, problem solving, real life contexts and depth. Pupils will study a range of different topics from Number, Data Handling, Algebra, Geometry and Measures. Within the Year 7 curriculum, there is an emphasis on skills - both Mathematically specific skills such as representing data and geometrical constructions as well as 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 8

In year 8, Students continue onto the second year of the two-year KS3 Scheme of Work. We follow a scheme of work which allows students to work on fluency, reasoning, problem solving, real life contexts and depth. Pupils will extend and build on a range of different topics from Number, Data Handling, Algebra, Geometry and Measures. Within the Year 8 curriculum, there is an emphasis on skills - both Mathematically specific skills such as representing data and geometrical constructions as well as 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

In year 9 students will embark on the 3 year GCSE Course.  Students in Set 1- 3 follow the higher course and the set 4 follow the foundation course. Students will study a range of different topics from Number; Algebra;  Ratio, proportion and rates of change; Geometry and measures, Probability; Statistics.

In the assessment there is now greater emphasis on problem solving, communication, proof and interpretation. This introduction ensures that students have the skills they need to use Mathematics in a real life context.  Problem solving questions are used in lessons on a regular basis to give pupils confidence to tackle these type of questions.

 

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 and verbal feedback on the pre-test. 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 the half term 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…

After every topic, students will have a topic test to assess what they have learnt – this also allows for us to find out what areas they need to work on. Throughout the course of the year, students will have half-term and end of term tests. 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…

After every topic, students will have a topic test to assess what they have learnt – this also allows for us to find out what areas they need to work on. Throughout the course of the year, students will have half-term and end of term tests. 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 as well as verbal feedback on their most recent work or home learning task. This will give students guidance on how to move forward with their learning and progress. Developing students to take an active role in their learning.

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. 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 a piece of home learning assignment once every two weeks and the expectation is that this will take one hour to complete. Students will be given home learning tasks in a variety of forms. In some cases, this will take the form of text book exercises, Mathswatch assignments 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 a piece of home learning assignment once every two weeks and the expectation is that this will take one hour to complete. Students will be given home learning tasks in a variety of forms. In some cases, this will take the form of text book exercises, Mathswatch assignments 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

https://vle.mathswatch.co.uk/vle (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

https://vle.mathswatch.co.uk/vle (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

https://vle.mathswatch.co.uk/vle (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.