Maths

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Mr Andrew MacDonald

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Year 7
In Year 7 students follow a curriculum which is primarily drawn from National Curriculum levels 5 & 6.  Topics covered include the use of algebra to describe patterns, solve equations and draw graphs, calculating areas and angles in triangles and quadrilaterals, using statistical measures and diagrams to compare and analyse data, using properties of numbers such as primes and factors and calculating efficiently using negatives, decimals and fractions.

The intention is that students will have an opportunity to consolidate their understanding of level 5 topics, while making a major advance with level 6. The most able students may also be introduced to some level 7 topics.

A variety of teaching approaches are used to motivate students and support effective learning.

Students are initially taught in their tutor groups and it is expected that changes to setting will occur at the start of Term 2. From then on students will be taught in two bands of two sets.

Year 8
In Year 8 students follow a curriculum which is primarily drawn from National Curriculum levels 6 & 7. Algebra skills are developed significantly, with extensive work on techniques such as simplifying expressions and solving equations. Students will be introduced to more complex geometrical problems, involving the application of concepts such as Pythagoras’ Theorem and an increasing array of geometrical facts and formulae. Students should also be competent with calculations involving fractions, decimals and negative numbers by this stage. The intention is that students will have an opportunity to consolidate their understanding of level 6 topics, while making a major advance with level 7. The most able students may also be introduced to some level 8 topics.

Students are taught in 5 sets across 3 bands of ability. Lower ability groups generally have lower numbers to facilitate a greater level of one to one support from the teacher.

Year 9
In Year 9 students follow a curriculum which is primarily drawn from National Curriculum levels 7 & 8. Data handling skills are developed through the introduction of concepts such as cumulative frequency and students will also develop greater efficiency in using proportional reasoning when solving problems. The intention is that all students will have an opportunity to consolidate their understanding of level 6 & 7 topics, while the more able will make a major advance with level 8

Students are taught in 5 sets across 3 bands of ability. Lower ability groups generally have lower numbers to facilitate a greater level of one to one support from the teacher.

 

 
 

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