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Maths

Subject Allocation  

In Years 7 and 8 we follow a mastery curriculum.  This means that we focus on fewer topics over the course of the year which allows us to explore them in more depth.  There are six units in each year, and at the end of each unit students take an end of unit assessment.  Teachers then use information from the end of unit assessments to adapt the Scheme of Learning over the next few weeks so that students can revisit any areas that they need to and ensure that misconceptions do not continue through their time at school. 

There are 6 Maths lessons per fortnight with the addition of 1 lesson focusing on developing problem solving skills and 1 DIRT lesson.  Additionally, in Year 7, students follow the ‘Big Maths’ program for the first 20 minutes of each lesson during the autumn term in order to secure their understanding of number and calculations.

Year 7

  • Place Value, Addition and Subtraction

place value, partitioning, using the decimal number system, adding and subtracting using both mental and traditional column methods, adding and subtracting decimals, working with negative numbers, rounding and estimation, perimeter and word problems

  • Multiplication and Division

multiplication tables, multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000, mental multiplication, multiplication using the grid method and the traditional column method, division, long division, multiplication of decimals, division of a decimal by a whole number, area, square and cube numbers, roots, prime numbers, factors and calculating the mean

  • Geometry

measurement, using measuring equipment, metric units, recognising imperial units, names of angles, names of shapes, recognising shapes from their properties, defining shapes, finding unknown angles on a straight line, round a point and in a triangle

  • Fractions

Multiples, lowest common multiple, equivalent fractions and decimals, comparing and ordering fractions and decimals, changing between mixed numbers and improper fractions, adding and subtracting fractions, fraction of a quantity, multiplying fractions by a whole number, dividing fractions by a whole number

  • Algebra

order of operations (BODMAS), negative numbers, algebraic notation, substitution into an expression, simplifying algebraic expressions, solving word problems with expressions, term to term sequences

  • Percentages

convert between fractions, decimals and percentages, percentage of a quantity, find the whole given the part and the percentage, applications of percentages, solving word problems with proportion

Year 8

  • Number

indices, venn diagrams, prime factorisation, hcf, lcm, squares and cubes, roots, order of operations, rounding, significant figures and estimating, fraction equivalence, multiplying and dividing fractions and mixed numbers, using a calculator

  • 2-D Geometry

draw accurate triangles, quadrilaterals, find unknown angles including on parallel lines, area of rectangles, triangles and parallelograms, area and perimeter of composite figures, area of trapeziums, area and circumference of circles, conversion between units

  • Algebra

negative numbers, inequality statements, substitution, algebraic manipulation including expanding and factorising single brackets, linear equations, expressions and equations from real-world situations, solving using trial and improvement

  • Proportional Reasoning

multiply and divide fractions and decimals, percentage of a quantity, percentage increase and decrease, finding the whole given the percentage part, ratio notation, equivalent ratios, dividing in a ratio, speed, distance and time

  • 3-D Geometry

names and properties of 3-D shapes, volume of cuboids and prisms, surface area, converting between units of length, area and volume

  • Statistics

collecting and organising data, construction and interpretation of graphs, median, range, mean and mode, timetables