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  • Key Stage 3

    Maths Curriculum and Homework – Year 7

    The table below gives an outline of topics to be taught throughout Year 7. Topics will be taught at the appropriate level of difficulty for each Maths Set, with opportunities for every pupil 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 mathematics by more than one teacher, the topics may be taught in a different order throughout the year.

    Term

     

    Topic

    Examples of Content

    Autumn

    Geometry

    Number

    Algebra

    Geometry

    Geometry

    Algebra

    Statistics

    Algebra

    Transformations

    Arithmetic

    Sequences

    2D & 3D Shape

    Angles

    Expressions & Formulae

    Data

    Types of number

    • translations; symmetry; tessellations
    • number skills and the four operations with integers, fractions, decimals and percentages
    • generating terms; finding and using formulae
    • perimeter; area; volume
    • angle properties and facts
    • using symbols in expressions and formulae
    • types of data and averages
    • factors, multiples and primes

    Spring

    Algebra

    Statistics

    Number

    Algebra

    Geometry

    Number

    Equations

    Probability

    Measure

    The Coordinate Grid

    Shapes

    Ratio

    • expressions and equations
    • probability scale and application to problems
    • units of measure; approximation and methods of calculation
    • coordinates and straight lines
    • properties of 2D shapes and Euler’s Theorem
    • ratio and proportion

    Summer

    Geometry

    Algebra

    Statistics

    Geometry

    Algebra

    Constructions

    Equations

    Data

    2D and 3D Shape

    Graphs

    • constructing geometric
    • equations, expressions, formulae and sequences
    • graphs and charts
    • plans and elevations; loci; scale drawing and nets
    • real-life graphs

    Maths Curriculum and Homework – Year 8

    The table below gives an outline of topics to be taught throughout Year 8. Topics will be taught at the appropriate level of difficulty for each Maths Set, with opportunities for every pupil 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 mathematics by more than one teacher, the topics may be taught in a different order throughout the year.

    Term

     

    Topic

    Examples of Content

    Autumn

    Number

    Algebra

    Statistics

    Geometry

    Algebra

    Number

    Geometry

    Types of number

    Expressions & Formulae

    Probability

    Shape

    Equations

    Types of number

    Transformations

    • types of number including multiples, factors, primes and integers
    • terms, expressions and formulae
    • use of vocabulary; probability scale and application to problems
    • perimeter; area; units of measure
    • solving equations; plotting linear functions
    • working with fractions, decimals and percentages
    • translations, rotations, reflections and enlargment

    Spring

    Number

    Geometry

    Algebra

    Number

    Geometry

    Geometry

    Algebra

    Operations

    Angles

    Sequences

    Ratio

    Circles

    3D shape

    Equations & Formulae

    • solving problems with all four operations
    • angle facts; properties of polygons
    • sequences; powers and roots
    • ratio and proportion; percentages and application to problems
    • perimeter and area of circles
    • surface area; volume
    • expressions, equations and formulae

    Summer

    Statistics

    Statistics

    Algebra

    Number

    Data

    Averages

    Number & Algebra

    Number

    • collecting and using data
    • different averages and spread of data
    • modelling and application to problems
    • application of number skills

    Maths Curriculum and Homework – Year 9

    The table below gives an outline of topics to be taught throughout Year 9. Topics will be taught at the appropriate level of difficulty for each Maths Set, with opportunities for every pupil 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 mathematics by more than one teacher, the topics may be taught in a different order throughout the year.

    Term

     

    Topic

    Examples of Content

    Autumn

    Algebra

    Number

    Geometry

    Measure

    Statistics

    Number

    Functions & Sequences

    Types of number

    Angles

    Pythagoras’ Theorem

    Data

    Types of number

    • rules, graphs and inverses
    • fractions, decimals and percentages; rounding and significant figures
    • angle facts; properties of polygons
    • exploring right angled triangles
    • comparing and analysing data sets
    • standard form; surds and indices

    Spring

    Algebra

    Probability

    Geometry

    Algebra

    Geometry

    Equations & Functions

    Probability

    Transformations

    Expressions & Formulae

    Compound Measures

    • solving equations; graphing linear and non-linear functions
    • investigating independent events and combined probabilities
    • similar shapes; transformations including enlargement and scale
    • powers and indices; factorising
    • perimeter; area and volume; arcs and sectors

    Summer

    Number

    Geometry

    Geometry

    Number

    Ratio

    Trigonometry

    Measurement

    Number

    • ratio and proportion
    • working with right angled triangles and trigonometric ratios
    • constructing shapes; scale drawing; loci
    • application of number skills

     

  • Key Stage 4
    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 (2 calculator based and 1 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

    Why study mathematics?

    Mathematics and Further Mathematics are versatile qualifications, well-respected by employers. Mathematics students become better at thinking logically and analytically. For most science, technology, engineering and mathematics degree courses, A level Mathematics is a requirement and AS or A level Further Mathematics is highly desirable. The skills you learn in A level Mathematics are of great benefit in other A level subjects such as physics, chemistry, biology, computing, geography, psychology, economics and business studies.

    What areas would you study?

    Mathematics

    • 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. 

    Further Mathematics

    • Pure mathematics content, making up at least 30% of the AS level and 50% of the A level.

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

    • Additional pure mathematics
    • Additional statistics and/or mechanics
    • Discrete / Decision Mathematics

    How do you learn?

    The mathematics course builds on the key concepts learnt in Key Stage 4. There are 9 lessons 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.

    Career Opportunities

    There are many new applications of mathematics in technology:

    • Games Design
    • Internet Security
    • Programming
    • Communications
    • Aircraft Modelling
    • Fluid Flows
    • Acoustic Engineering
    • Electronics
    • Civil Engineering
    • Quantum Physics
    • Astronomy
    • Forensics
    • DNA sequencing

    Financial systems and online purchasing systems are also 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, which is used by teachers to evaluate pupils’ 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 pupil 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

    Nationally standardised summative assessment:

    • GCSE Exams at the end of Year 11
    • GCE AS Levels at the end of Year 12
    • 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.

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

    In Year 10 we have had several trips to the UEA ‘MathsFest’, where pupils attend lectures and are involved in mathematical activities.

    In Year 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.