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Mathematics

Year 7

The year 7 mathematics curriculum has been designed to provide students with the opportunity to master fundamental number concepts and develop their fluency in written and mental arithmetic calculation. Within each module, questions that encourage students to think mathematically and problem solve play a vital role in their learning and also in developing their understanding of the importance and relevance of these skills in everyday life. 

Throughout the year students study the core principles of number comprising of 

Integers, place value and numbers properties 

Decimals and decimal place value 

Calculations with integers and decimals 

Percentages and calculating percentages 

Equivalent decimals and percentages 

Fraction calculations 

Fraction, decimal and percentage equivalence 

By the end of year 7 students will have become more competent and confident in calculating mathematically and therefore preparing them for the subsequent mathematical concepts they will study in their future academic years.

 

Year 8

The year 8 curriculum leads directly on from year 7 exploring other areas of Mathematics. With students having mastered key numerical and arithmetic skills in year 7, the year 8 curriculum provides opportunities for students to learn other disciplines in Mathematics and apply their mastered skills hence further enhance their learning of mathematical concepts.

Having fundamental numerical knowledge and understanding will support their learning of the following:

Fractions, Decimals and Percentages (advanced)

Geometry – angles, transformations and circles

Probability and statistics

Algebra – simplifying, solving, factorising, sequences

Proportion

The new Mathematics Curriculum is more challenging and there is new, additional content to learn. The Year 8 curriculum has been structured to enable students to further prepare them for the demanding GCSE which they begin in year 9. The content studied in year 8 develops fundamental skills and knowledge further, complementing content learnt in year 7, whilst broadening their mathematics repertoire. The scheme of learning for year 8 introduces students to statistics and probability, geometry, proportion and algebraic concepts.

 

Key Stage 4 Mathematics

In Key Stage 4 Mathematics students apply mathematical techniques mastered in Key Stage 3 to a variety of mathematical concepts which will students to problem solve, reason and communicate mathematically, make deductions and inferences and draw conclusions.

 

The Mathematics GCSE content can be taught at two levels, Foundation and Higher. There are 5 fundamental domains to the curriculum, each carrying a different weighting depending on the tier of entry, see table below.

 

 

Tier

Core Principle

Weighting

Foundation

Grades 1 to 5

Number

25%

Algebra

20%

Ratio and Proportion

25%

Geometry and Measures

15%

Statistics and Probability

15%

Higher

Grades 5 to 9

Number

15%

Algebra

30%

Ratio and Proportion

20%

Geometry and Measures

20%

Statistics and Probability

15%

 

 

 

Year 9

Year 9 students begin Key Stage 4 where they start to study GCSE Mathematics. The curriculum has been designed to provide students with a fulfilling, diverse and challenging programme of study, developing their confidence in mathematical skills, knowledge and understanding. Each module has been written and structured to further develop and master key skills previously studied in Key Stage 3.

 

During Year 9 students build their skills and understanding of concepts at GCSE level and they begin to access GCSE style questions building their confidence in answering them successfully and gaining an understanding of how they will be assessed in exams. In year 9 students will embark on either the higher or foundation scheme of work and will explore the following concepts;

Number – calculating, estimating and understanding properties

Algebra – simplifying, substituting, solving, factorising and manipulating

Geometry – angles, transformations

Statistics – representing and analysing data

Ratio and Proportion

 

Year 10

Year 10 students will enter into their second year of the GCSE Mathematics curriculum. The programme of study continues to evolve and students study a broad range of concepts that gradually become more challenging. During this year students will begin to develop their ability to recall mathematical knowledge and apply a variety of skills from different concepts collectively. The curriculum is designed purposely to gradually build students’ knowledge and skills in a range of mathematical concepts and one that this is challenging and rewarding. Some of the concepts studied consist of

Number – fractions, decimals and percentages

Algebra – formulae, functions, inequalities, writing algebraically

Geometry – constructions and loci, bearings, volume and surface area and trigonometry

Statistics – representing and analysing data (more advanced) 

Ratio and Proportion – direct and inverse, speed distance and time.