Mathematics

Staff

Name
Mr J Agar – Head of Department
Miss A Davies
Mrs K Rosenqvist
Mr A Ridley
Mr R Evans

About Mathematics

Topics of study in Year 7 include collecting discrete data, grouping data where appropriate / Using the mode and median as characteristics of a set of data / Using the mean of discrete data and comparing two simple distributions / Using knowledge of shape to make 3-D mathematical models / Drawing common 2-D shapes in different orientations on grids / Reflecting simple shapes in a mirror line / Measuring and drawing angles to the nearest degree / Recognising, identifying and describing all the symmetries of 2-D shapes / Reading scales on maps, plans and graphs / Understanding and using simple vocabulary associated with probability / Using the probability scale from 0 to 1, and appreciating that different outcomes may result from repeating experiments / Place value / Making approximations / Developing mental strategies for addition and subtraction / Multiplication and division / Multiplying and dividing whole numbers by 10 and 100 / Recognising and describing number patterns and relationships / Using simple formulae expressed in words / Constructing and interpreting bar charts and pictograms / Finding perimeters and areas of shapes by counting squares and volumes by counting cubes.

Pupils also spend time practising for the procedural and reasoning papers of the National Numeracy Tests in May.

Year 8 pupils undertake the following areas of study: Using the mean of discrete data and comparing two simple distributions / Collecting and recording continuous data / Measuring and drawing angles to the nearest degree / Recognising, identifying and describing all the symmetries of 2-D shapes / Reading scales on maps, plans and graphs / Using common 2-D representations of 3-D objects, and the properties of quadrilaterals to classify different types of quadrilaterals / Solving problems using angle and symmetry properties of polygons and properties of intersecting and parallel lines / Enlarging shapes by a positive whole number scale-factor / Using the probability scale from 0 to 1, and appreciating that different outcomes may result from repeating experiments / Using knowledge that the total probability of all the mutually exclusive outcomes of an experiment is 1, and finding and justifying probabilities / Identifying all the outcomes when dealing with a combination of two experiments.

Pupils also spend time practising for the procedural and reasoning papers of the National Numeracy Tests in May.

In Year 9 pupils undertake the following areas of study: Formation and manipulation of linear equations / Solving linear equations and linear inequalities / Nets and isometric drawing / Properties of quadrilaterals / Symmetry / Angles / Coordinates / Tessellations / Metric Units / Transformations / Probability / Relative Frequency / Probability of two events occurring / Rounding significant figures / Understanding the effects of multiplying and dividing by numbers between 0 and 1 / Solving numerical problems with numbers of any size, using a calculator efficiently and appropriately / Finding and describing in words the rule for the next term or the nth term of a sequence where the rule is linear / Using formulas for finding circumferences and areas of circles, areas of plane rectilinear figures and volumes of cuboids / Constructing and interpreting frequency diagrams, pie charts and scatter diagrams.

Once again, pupils also spend time practising for the procedural and reasoning papers of the National Numeracy Tests in May.

At GCSE, pupils gain the knowledge and understanding of mathematical skills and concepts and acquire and use problem-solving strategies. They also select and apply mathematical techniques to solve real-world and mathematically academic situations, how to reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences and draw conclusions and interpret and communicate mathematical information.

Year 10 topics of study include: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of whole numbers, decimals, fractions and negative numbers / Finding a fraction or percentage of a quantity / Expressing one number as a fraction or percentage of another / Fractional and percentage changes (increase and decrease) / Profit and loss / Finding the nth term of a linear sequence / Use of coordinates in four quadrants / Straight line graphs / Gradients and intercepts / Drawing and interpreting quadratic and cubic graphs.

Year 11 topics of study include: ratio and proportion / Construction and interpretation of travel graphs / Substitution into formulae / Solving equations by trial and improvement / Pythagoras’ Theorem / Constructions / Loci / Constructing and interpreting scatter diagrams / Selecting and using the appropriate measures of central tendency.

Throughout Years 10 and 11 pupils practise past papers for their external examinations and these papers are analysed question-by-question, enabling areas of weakness to be identified and re-taught if required. Pupils who achieve a grade C in June are be able to follow the Higher tier course from September onwards where they can achieve grades A*, A and B. Those who fail to achieve a C grade continue to study the Foundation tier.

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