The Mathematics Department provides an environment in which students can achieve to their maximum potential and we encourage an atmosphere of learning, investigation, and cooperation. 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 selfcorrection 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

3D Algebra

Algebra and Equations Angles

Area and Perimeter Negative numbers/coordinates

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 halftermly 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.