In Year 7, 8 and 9 students follow a scheme of work, in line with the National Curriculum and will cover content from the topics of Number; Algebra; Ratio, Proportion and Rates of Change; Geometry and Measures; and Probability.


Study Club

STUDY CLUB IS CANCELLED ON THURSDAY 8TH NOVEMBER DUE TO YEAR 11 PARENTS EVENING. Sorry for any inconvenience. It will be back on as normal next week. 

Key Stage 3 Maths study club is held every Thursday 3.30-4.30pm in A5.

Key Stage 3 study club is the perfect place for students to complete homework, review topics they have found difficult in lessons and access exam practice. The club runs on a drop-in basis, so students can attend as and when they require some extra support with their maths or to complete their homework. The club is supervised by a different, qualified maths teacher each week. Therefore, it is also the perfect opportunity for students to hear explanations from other maths teachers in the department instead of just from their own teacher. This can often be helpful in understanding a topic they find difficult. 


Enrichment

We offer our students opportunities to work beyond the curriculum throughout the year. Students are invited to work through puzzles and challenges, often linked to universities and businesses.

Our very able students are invited to an additional weekly session at lunch time which provides them with the opportunity to experiment with mathematical concepts and extend their understanding beyond the curriculum. These students will have access to additional problems and interesting challenges which can be completed over holidays or in their own time.

We invite our top set students to complete the UKMT Maths Challenges each year, with many of our students achieving certificates and some moving on to the next stage of competition.

We also enter a team into the UKMT Team Challenge competition, requiring selected students to work together to solve complex problems. This allows opportunities for students to experience the same style of competition with internal practice challenges between teaching groups.

We encourage students to attend university days to experience the subject in a different light.

Please also see the school’s Whole School Numeracy page to challenge yourself to puzzles outside of lessons.

Course Overview

The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
  • reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
  • can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and nonroutine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions

Our Schemes of Work incorporate the aims of the national curriculum and cover a wide variety of topics including Number; Algebra; Ratio, Proportion and Rates of Change; Geometry and Measures; and Probability.

Assessment

Students are assessed 4 times per school year. The tests cover the same topics each time in order for students (and teachers) to monitor the progress they are making through the curriculum. This means that at the start of the year, students will not have covered all of the topics on the test, but by the end of the year they will have covered everything.

Independent study will help students prepare for the tests and review their work afterwards. The most appropriate form of preparation for these assessments is to use the resources shared on google classroom by their class teacher (prompt sheets and practice tests). In addition to this, the past Key Stage 3 SATs exam papers that can be accessed on the EMaths website (www.emaths.co.uk), are very useful as the questioning is of a very similar style. Students should ask their maths teacher if they are unsure of which Level of these they should attempt.

 

Assessments 2017-18  Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Test 1 w/c 15th Oct w/c 22nd Oct w/c 12th Nov
Test 2 w/c 10th Dec w/c 21st Jan w/c 7th Jan
Test 3 w/c 25th Feb w/c 18th Mar w/c 1st Apr
End of Year w/c 20th May w/c 3rd June w/c 10th June

 

Each student is assessed on a particular graded stage. When they have demonstrated a very secure level of understanding across the topics on a stage, they will be moved on to the next stage. This will be determined by their results on these tests.

Home Learning Policy

Homework is set once per week in Mathematics and, if appropriate, is either marked in class by peer- or self-assessment or marked with comments by the class teacher. Homework forms an important role in consolidating work studied in class and enabling students to understand the mathematical processes involved. Homework is also set on online platforms, such as the Mymaths website for which each student is given an individual login by their class teacher – if they lose this login you can contact us to have it sent out to you.

 

Please note that most of the teachers in our department utilize Google Classroom to help assign tasks and provide work or further explanation.


Homework Includes

  • Review and practise of work studied in class to consolidate learning.
  • Learning or practicing core numeracy skills (such as times tables or mental arithmetic skills).
  • Revising or preparing for assessments, or acting on targets set from previous tests.

Useful Links

Emaths
Old SATs style papers, good for reviewing a range of topics and improving problem-solving skills. Mark schemes are also available. The “Ten 4 Ten” are also useful resources to keep reviewing a little maths on a regular basis. 

NRICH
The nrich website has a wide selection of puzzles and challenges along with solutions from students and teachers; you can even submit your own solutions to nrich for them to publish them!

UK Mathematics Trust
You could try some of the problems from the UKMT’s Maths Challenges here – students are given the opportunity to enter these competitions in school.

Maths Watch
Contains video demonstrations of all GCSE topics (students have their own logins; if these are unavailable please contact your son/daughter’s mathematics teacher).

MyMaths
Students have their own logins; if these are unavailable please contact your son / daughter’s mathematics teacher

GCSE Bitesize
GCSE Bitesize contains revision notes for most topics studied.