Maths

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The Mathematics Department provides an environment in which students can achieve to their maximum potential and we encourage an atmosphere of learning, investigation, and co-operation. We try to offer activities of varying kinds in order to accommodate students’ preferred learning styles and develop enthusiasm and interest in mathematics whilst ensuring that students leave us with qualifications that allow them to progress to further education or find a job.

Why do students study Mathematics?
Mathematics is essential because it is one of the most widely used subjects in the world. Every career and pathways needs some sort of mathematics. Mathematics helps the mind to reason and change complicated situations or problems into clear, simple, and logical steps. Students are encouraged to discuss different ways of tackling problems and to explain and justify their explanations to challenge their thinking. The reality is that we live in a society where employers expect some level of numeracy.

The aims of the curriculum in Mathematics are to develop:

  • Versatility in tackling problems
  • Rapid recall
  • Confidence
  • Efficiency
  • Explanation and reasoning
  • Expectations of interest, pleasure and challenge
  • Competence in aspects of number commonly used in society
  • Understanding of graphical representations
  • Determination in the solving of problems

The Mathematics Department will Encourage:

  • The learning of multiplication tables
  • Mental Arithmetic as a first resort
  • Use of estimation
  • Accuracy of number work, and an appropriate degree of accuracy in answers
  • Appropriate use of calculators
  • Correct representation of statistical data using graphs and charts
  • An understating of the size of numbers
  • Using references to appreciate size in measurement
  • Pupils self-correction of errors
  • Use of discussion to understand process and purpose.

 

All students have three lessons a week which we set according to ability, and do the same topics throughout the year but work is matched to their level. Homework is given weekly. Students are tested half termly and there is an end of year examination.

THE TOPICS COVERED IN YEAR 7 ARE:

  • Addition & Subtraction Multiplication & Division
  • Statistics Probability
  • Averages and Range Number Patterns
  • Estimation and Rounding Decimals
  • Symmetry Polygons & Tessellation/shape
  • 3-D Algebra
  • Algebra and Equations Angles
  • Area and Perimeter Negative numbers/co-ordinates
  • Units of length/Scale Drawing Fractions and Percentages

WAYS PARENTS CAN HELP:

  • Ensure students have basic equipment such as pens, pencils and ruler for Maths lessons.
  • Encourage students to learn multiplication tables by frequent testing/ repetition. Also to learn simple number bonds up to 20 (e.g. 14 + 6 = 20, 20 – 14 = 6 etc.)
  • Working out change when shopping, cost of buying so many of something.
  • Getting students to explain their homework to them.
  • Encourage students to look back at regular intervals through previous work.
  • Look for basic arithmetic/mental arithmetic test papers (W.H. Smith etc.)
  • Use everyday objects to name shapes, say how much it will hold, to look at the labels to see the size of bottles etc.
  • Check homework diaries – know when Maths homework is set each week.
  • Students should be encouraged to use ON LINE revision materials, e.g.. SAM Learning, Key Stage 3 Bitesize.
  • Use of ?My Maths?

All students have four lessons a week and are set according to ability. Homework is given weekly. All students will cover the same topics but to a level matched to their ability. Students are tested half-termly and there is an end of year examination.

TOPICS COVERED IN YEAR 8 ARE:

SETS 1 AND 2 ALL OTHER SETS
Powers, Roots & Estimations Squares, roots
Algebra – Patterns & Rules Patterns & Rules
Negative Numbers Negative Numbers & Money
Graphs & Time Graphs & Time
Transformations Transformations
Lines Lines
Statistics – charts & questionnaires Statistics – charts & questionnaires
Probability Probability
Statistics – averages & grouping Statistics – averages & grouping
Percentages & Fractions Percentages & Fractions
Equations Simple equations
Angles Angles
Area Area
Volume Volume
Metric System & Ratio Metric System & Ratio
Intersecting Lines Number Patterns & Puzzles

WAYS PARENTS CAN HELP:

  • Ensure students have basic equipment such as pens, pencils and ruler for Maths lessons
  • Encourage students to learn multiplication tables by frequent testing/ repetition. Also to learn simple number bonds up to 20 (i.e. 14 + 6 = 20, 20 – 14 = 6, etc)
  • Working out change when shopping, cost of buying so many of something
  • Getting students to explain their homework to them
  • Encourage students to look back at regular intervals through previous work
  • Look for basic arithmetic/mental arithmetic test papers (e.g. W.H. Smith)
  • Use everyday objects to name shapes, say how much it will hold, to look at the labels to see the size of bottles etc
  • Check homework diaries – know when Maths homework is set each week
  • Students should be encouraged to use ONLINE revision materials, e.g. SAM Learning, Key Stage 3 Bitesize
  • Use of My Maths

All students have four lessons a week and are set according to ability. Homework is given regularly. Students follow a programme of study matched to their ability to prepare them for their Linear exam at the end of Year 10. Year 11 is spent trying to attain a higher grade or following a course designed to give them a qualification in Further Mathematics.

Topics covered in the GCSE Maths course include:

FOUNDATION LEVEL HIGHER LEVEL
Percentages Surds
Decimals Compound interest
Fractions Recurring decimals
Scatter Graphs Histograms
Probability Cumulative frequency
Averages Box plots
Solving Equations Quadratic equations
Trial and Improvement Types of graphs
Factorising Solving equations involving fractions
Circles Trigonometry
Loci and constructions Similar shapes
Surface area and volume Surface area and volume of compound shapes

Topics covered in the Further Maths course include:

algebra; coordinate geometry; calculus; matrix calculations and geometry.

WAYS PARENTS CAN HELP:

  • Encourage students to have basic equipment such as pens, pencils and a ruler for Maths lessons.
  • Using websites such as BBC Bitesize and My Maths to support learning outside of the classroom.
  • Ensuring students attend revision sessions prior to exams.
  • Purchasing a revision guide to help throughout the course.
  • Encourage students to look back at previous work at regular intervals.
  • Please check the calendar to ensure you are aware of when the exams take place so that your holidays do not occur at the same time.

All students have four lessons a week and are set according to ability. Homework is given regularly. Students follow a programme of study matched to their ability to prepare them for their Linear exam at the end of Year 10. Year 11 is spent trying to attain a higher grade or following a course designed to give them a qualification in Further Mathematics.

Topics covered in the GCSE Maths course include:

FOUNDATION LEVEL HIGHER LEVEL
Percentages Surds
Decimals Compound interest
Fractions Recurring decimals
Scatter Graphs Histograms
Probability Cumulative frequency
Averages Box plots
Solving Equations Quadratic equations
Trial and Improvement Types of graphs
Factorising Solving equations involving fractions
Circles Trigonometry
Loci and constructions Similar shapes
Surface area and volume Surface area and volume of compound shapes

Topics covered in the Further Maths course include:

algebra; coordinate geometry; calculus; matrix calculations and geometry.

WAYS PARENTS CAN HELP:

  • Encourage students to have basic equipment such as pens, pencils and a ruler for Maths lessons.
  • Using websites such as BBC Bitesize and My Maths to support learning outside of the classroom.
  • Ensuring students attend revision sessions prior to exams.
  • Purchasing a revision guide to help throughout the course.
  • Encourage students to look back at previous work at regular intervals.
  • Please check the calendar to ensure you are aware of when the exams take place so that your holidays do not occur at the same time.