Maths

Key Stage 3

The maths KS3 scheme of work is designed to consolidate the curriculum over three years at key stage 3. The year 7 scheme differs from 8 and 9 in that it is an introduction to all topics, the idea being that the students get to explore different areas of maths and start to gain a global understanding. Years 8 and 9 dedicate half a term to each topic. This is to allow students time to explore the topics more thoroughly and give the teacher time to properly assess progress and well as building in more fun and problem based activities.

Year 7

Term 1 – N1 – calculating | N2 – place value and rounding
Term 2 – G1 – area, perimeter and volume | A1 – expression and equations
Term 3 – N3 – properties of numbers | S1 – handling data
Term 4 – N4 – fractions, decimals, percentages & ratios | G2 – properties of shapes & angles
Term 5 – S2 – Probability | Revision of topics from year 7
Term 6 – G3 – Transformations (reflections, rotations, translations and enlargements)

Year 8

Term 1 – N2 – covers place value and related topics such as rounding and some decimal work. More able students will be starting to multiply decimals and to use standard form to express large and small numbers.
Term 2 – G1 – covers basic measures and their related topics such as area, perimeter and volume. The most able students will be looking to extend this unit to be able to calculate the area of a circle or the missing side of right-angled triangle.
Term 3 – A1 – covers expressions and equations. Students should be developing an understanding of algebraic language and representation. All students should be able to simplify expressions correctly and to solve basic equations but the more able can extend this to quadratics or simultaneous equations
Term 4 – G2 – covers properties of shape with particular focus on angles. More able students should be completing complex angle calculations and starting to consider the concepts of congruency and similarity.
Term 5 – N3 – focus on properties of number. Students should be able to recognise and define primes, factors, multiples, squares, cubes and their roots and more complex index laws. They should also understand the properties of negative numbers. The most able students will extend this to standard form calculations.
Term 6: Cross topic project – term 6 is left open to allow teachers to select appropriate cross topic or cross curricular projects depending on the ability and interests of their class. These topics will allow students to build a more global understanding of maths.

Year 9

Term 1 – N4 – covers fractions, decimals, ratio and percentages. All students will be able to recognise equivalent fractions and convert fractions, decimals and percentages confidently. The most able students should be adding, subtracting and multiplying fractions and should be aiming to start to consider some proportion problems.
Term 2 – A2 – covers sequences and linear graphs. The most able students should be extending this to y=mx +c and quadratic graphs. During this unit students should be developing an understanding of how to draw linear graphs what their applications are in real life.
Term 3 – G3 – covers transformations (rotations, reflections, enlargements and translations). The most able students will start to look at how these affect linear or quadratic graphs.
Term 4 – S2 – covers probability and has strong links to N4. All students will be able to describe events using fdrp and calculating the probability of mutually exclusive events. The most able can extend this to probability trees in preparation for GCSE.
Term 5 – G4 – covers constructions and loci emphasis on 2D representations of 3D space. All students should be able to draw angles and lines accurately and use this to construct some triangles. The more able should then be able to link these representations to loci and use this to problem solve.
Term 6 – S1 – covers data collection, analysis and display. This unit is project based in order to prepare students for a GCSE in statistics.

Key Stage 4

What will my child learn in Mathematics?

As well as building on what students have already learnt in Years 7 to 9 they will also learn many new skills, such as trigonometry and histograms, and how to apply them in other subjects.

How is Mathematics taught?

There will be 6 lessons a fortnight and students will be placed into sets determined by their mathematical skills. The pace of work will be specially tailored to the needs of the student.

There is a lot to learn, however it is broken down into smaller chunks making it easier to remember and revise

How is Mathematics assessed?

Students will be given two written papers totalling 100% of the marks. There is no coursework although a good deal of teaching will develop the skills of using and applying mathematics.

There will be two ‘tiers’ of entry and grades available are:

Foundation: G to C
Higher: D to A*

A decision on which tier a student should be entered for will not be taken until Year 11.

Key Stage 5

What will my child learn in A-Level Mathematics?

Mathematics is a highly regarded subject and develops a unique view of the world. A great sense of achievement is gained from the mastery of its interesting and sophisticated skills.

You will study mostly Pure Mathematics with one statistics module in Year 12, followed by more pure mathematics in Year 13 with either a module in mechanics or further statistics.

Private study is an essential part of the course and homework will take at least six hours a week. You will be regularly assessed during your Maths AS Level and A Level course, which is organised on a modular basis. In addition, you will complete one piece of coursework and sit examinations during the two year course.

Successful completion of three modules in the first year will lead to an AS award.

Mathematical techniques including problem solving are valued in a wide range of vocational areas from Business to Engineering. AS/A Level Mathematics is a desirable prerequisite qualification for many higher education courses such as Science, Finance, Psychology and Business Management.

Further Mathematics

Students who are interested in a maths related degree course at university and who achieved at least a grade A at GCSE, may find that the Further Mathematics course is beneficial. It is available as an AS Level (three additional modules) or a full A Level (a further three more modules). These will be chosen from a wide range of modules including:

Decision Maths
Differential Equations
Numerical Methods
Further Pure
Further Mechanics
Further Statistics