# Taverham High School

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## Home Curriculum Introduction Mathematics

• 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:

• 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. 