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  • Key Stage 3

    Topics

    The tables below gives an outline of topics to be taught throughout Years 7 to 9. Topics will be taught at the appropriate level of difficulty for each maths set, with opportunities for every student to consolidate prior learning, develop new skills and experience breadth across the curriculum.

    Homework will be set by the class teacher on a regular basis. This may take the form of finishing set work, revision of skills, investigating new topics or solving problems.

    If your child is taught by more than one teacher, the topics may be taught in a different order throughout the year.

    Year 7

    Term

    Topic

     

    Examples of Content

    Autumn

    Algebra


     


     

    Geometry

     

     

    Number
     

    Statistics

    Sequences

    Expressions and formulae

    Types of number

    Transformations

    2D & 3D shape

    Angles

    Arithmetic
     

    Data

    generating terms; finding and using formulae

    using symbols in expressions and formulae
     

    factors, multiples and primes
     

    translations; symmetry; tessellations

    perimeter; area; volume

    angle properties and facts

    number skills and the four operations with integers, fractions, decimals and percentages

    types of data and averages

    Spring

    Algebra

     


    Geometry

    Number


     

    Statistics

    Equations

    The co-ordinate grid

    Shapes

    Measure


    Ratio

    Probability

    expressions and equations

    co-ordinates and straight lines


    properties of 2D shapes and Euler's theorem

    units of measure; approximation and methods of calculation

    ratio and proportion

    probability scale and application to problems

    Summer

    Algebra

     

    Geometry
     

     

    Statistics

    Equations

    Graphs

    2D and 3D shapes

    Constructions

    Data

    equations, expressions, formulae and sequences

    real-life graphs

    plans and elevations; loci; scale drawing and nets
     

    constructing geometric

    graphs and charts

    Year 8

    Term

    Topic

     

    Examples of Content

    Autumn

    Algebra
     

     

    Geometry


     

    Number

     

    Statistics

    Expressions & Formulae

    Equations

    Shape

    Transformations
     

    Types of number

     

    Probability

    terms, expressions and formulae
     

    solving equations; plotting linear functions

    perimeter; area; units of measure

    translations, rotations, reflections and enlargment

    working with fractions, decimals and percentages; types of number including multiples, factors, primes and integers

    use of vocabulary; probability scale and application to problems

    Spring

    Algebra


     

    Geometry

     

     

    Number

    Sequences

    Equations and formulae

    Angles

    Circles

    3D shapes

    Operations

    Ratio

    sequences; powers and roots

    expressions, equations and formulae
     

    angle facts; properties of polygons

    perimeter and area of circles

    surface area; volume

    solving problems with all four operations

    ratio and proportion; percentages and application to problems

    Summer

    Algebra

    Number

    Statistics

    Number and algebra

    Skills

    Data

    Averages

    modelling and application to problems

    application of number skills

    collecting and using data

    different averages and spread of data

    Year 9

    Term

    Topic

     

    Examples of Content

    Autumn

    Algebra
     

    Geometry

    Measure


    Number

     

    Statistics

    Functions and sequences

    Angles

    Pythagoras' theorem

    Types of number

     

    Data

    rules, graphs and inverses
     

    angle facts; properties of polygons

    exploring right angled triangles


    fractions, decimals and percentages; rounding and significant figures; standard form; surds and indices

    comparing and analysing data sets

    Spring

    Algebra
     


     


    Geometry

    Probability

    Equations and functions

    Expressions and formulae
     

    Transformations

    Events

    solving equations; graphing linear and non-linear functions

    similar shapes; transformations including enlargement and scale; powers and indices; factorising

    perimeter; area and volume; arcs and sectors

    investigating independent events and combined probabilities

    Summer

    Geometry
     

     

    Number

    Trigonometry


    Measurement

    Ratio

    Skills

    working with right angled triangles and trigonometric ratios

    constructing shapes; scale drawing; loci

    ratio and proportion

    application of number skills

     

  • Key Stage 4

    GCSE Mathematics

    Why study mathematics?
    It has been proven that studying mathematics helps to increase your chances of future employment, and gain a highly valued and well paid job. A good knowledge of mathematics will help you to understand current issues and develop transferrable skills needed throughout life. Mathematics is also an essential skill in daily life as it is required to manage personal finances and assist in problem solving.
     
    What areas would you study?
    The course is split into four key areas: number, algebra, geometry and statistics. The course assesses the functional elements of mathematics including problem-solving, reasoning and applying mathematics in real-life contexts.
     
    How do you learn?
    The mathematics course builds on the key concepts learnt in Years 7, 8 and 9. The lessons will continue to follow a similar format to Key Stage 3, i.e. you will study specific topics using a range of materials and resources. You will develop individual and group study skills and have access to excellent ICT facilities and online study aids.
     
    How are you assessed?
    100% examination. There are three terminal papers (two calculator based and one non-calculator). There are no coursework or controlled assessment elements.
     
    Where will this take me post-16?
    GCSE mathematics is an essential entry requirement for many post-16 courses. It prepares you for A-level mathematics and science courses, as well as other subjects which involve using statistics and numeracy e.g. business studies, economics, PE, science and geography. Mathematics can also be studied at university to degree level, either as a stand-alone subject or as part of a course such as electronics, engineering or computer science. Most jobs require a basic level of mathematical competency which you can gain through studying mathematics.
  • Sixth Form

    AS-LEVEL CORE MATHEMATICS

    Examination Board: AQA

    Introduction and Structure

    This is a new one year qualification aimed at students who have achieved a Grade 4 or above at GCSE. Students are expected to study three A-levels alongside core maths.

    Core mathematics has been designed to maintain and develop real-life mathematical skills. The course will include a financial mathematics element and can help with other A-level subjects, in particular with science, geography, business studies, economics and psychology. Core maths involves solving meaningful problems to increase your confidence in using mathematics. This will enable you to be better equipped for the mathematical demands of your other courses, higher education and employment.

    What areas would you study?

    As well as building on prior knowledge the core mathematics specification covers new mathematical areas including:

    • maths for personal finance
    • estimation
    • critical analysis of given data and models
    • critical path analysis
    • expectation
    • cost benefit analysis

    How are you assessed?

    At the end of the year you will sit two papers, both 90 minutes, calculator allowed.

    Entrance Requirements: Core Mathematics

    Minimum requirement: 6 GCSEs Grades 9-4 (or equivalent), including Grade 4 or above in English and maths

    A-level Mathematics

    Examination Board: AQA

    Introduction and Structure

    Mathematics and further mathematics are versatile qualifications covering the up-to-date application and theory of a range of mathematical disciplines.

    What areas would you study?

    • pure mathematics: methods and techniques which underpin the study of all other areas of mathematics, such as, proof, algebra, trigonometry, calculus, and vectors.
    • statistics: statistical sampling, data presentation and probability leading to the study of statistical distributions.
    • mechanics: the study of the physical world, modelling the motion of objects and the forces acting on them. 

    Entrance Requirements: Mathematics

    Minimum requirement: 6 GCSEs Grades 9-4 (or equivalent), including Grade 6 or above in maths and Grade 4 or above in English

    A-level Further mathematics

    Examination Board: AQA

    What areas would you study?

    • pure mathematics content, making up at least 50% of the qualification

    The remainder of the content is made up of options which include:

    • additional pure mathematics
    • additional mechanics
    • discrete mathematics

    Entrance Requirements: Further Mathematics

    Minimum requirement: 6 GCSEs Grades 9-4 (or equivalent), including Grade 7 or above in maths and Grade 4 or above in English

    How do you learn?

    The mathematics courses build on the key concepts learnt in Key Stage 4. There are nine lessons for each every fortnight. Homework will be set regularly and there is an expectation that you will spend time undertaking independent study to ensure you are following the course content.

    How are you assessed?

    100% examination. There are three terminal papers. There are no coursework or controlled assessment elements.

    Careers and Progression

    Mathematics A-level is well-respected by employers, providing students with strong logical and analytical skills. For most science, technology, engineering and mathematics degree courses, A-level mathematics is a requirement and A-level further mathematics is highly desirable. The skills learnt are of great benefit in other subjects such as physics, chemistry, biology, computing, geography, psychology, economics and business studies.

    There are many applications of mathematics in technology from games design and aircraft modelling through to forensics and DNA sequencing. Financial systems and online purchasing systems are  underpinned by mathematics, relying heavily on online security and encryption. A good understanding of algebra, graphs, logarithms and probability are beneficial for the study of chemistry, biology and geography. Psychologists use statistics to analyse the relationships between variables and predict behaviours.

  • Assessment

    The overriding principle of good assessment is that it should be clearly tied to its intended purpose. There are three main forms of assessment: in-school formative assessment, used by teachers to evaluate students’ knowledge and understanding on a day-to-day basis and to tailor teaching accordingly; in-school summative assessment which enables us to evaluate how much a student has learned at the end of a teaching period; and nationally standardised summative assessment which is used by the government to hold schools to account.

    In the maths department we use all three broad overarching forms of assessment.

    Day-to-day in-school formative assessment

    • question and answer during class
    • marking of pupils’ work
    • observational assessment
    • regular short re-cap quizzes
    • scanning work for pupil attainment and development

    In-school summative assessment

    • short end of topic and/or unit tests
    • end of year exams
    • mock exams in Year 11, Year 12 and Year 13

    Nationally standardised summative assessment

    • GCSE exams at the end of Year 11
    • GCE A-levels at the end of Year 13
  • Enrichment

    Over many years we have taken part in World Maths Day, where students compete against other students worldwide. This is a great activity and students enjoy participating.

    We have taken a group of Year 8 students to participate in a countywide maths competition at the UEA.

    We have had several trips with Year 10 students to the UEA MathsFest, where they attend lectures and are involved in mathematical activities.

    In Years 12 and 13 we enter the UKMT maths team challenge and individual challenges. This can lead on to national competitions. We have also had trips to the UEA for maths lectures and activities.