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Curriculum Statement

Faculty: Mathematics | Subject: Mathematics

Subject Overview:

Mathematics

YEAR 7 & 8

Key Topics

Key Information

From the start of Year 7, pupils are put into Maths sets according to their mathematical ability.

Each set follows the department’s scheme of work.

The scheme of work is differentiated into three areas: “Support”, “Core” and “Extension”.

Each set then follows a scheme of work according to the needs of the group and the individuals within it. However, when studying a particular topic, each set can dip into any of the three areas of “Support”, “Core” or “Extension” depending upon the needs of the pupils in the group.

The main topics within the scheme of work are Algebra, Number, Statistics and Geometry & Measures.

Each main topic then has sub-divisions. Over the two years of the Key Stage pupils will gain a strong understanding of the key mathematical concepts that will allow them to start GCSE in year 9 with confidence.

Homework Tasks

Homework is set on a weekly basis. The homework is a continuation of the classwork, aimed at strengthening a pupil’s understanding.

Assessment

Assessments are carried out by the classroom teacher to allow pupils to become aware of their current levels. This also allows the classroom teacher to plan for future lessons by highlighting any gaps in pupil’s knowledge and understanding.

There is also the chance for pupils to attend master classes at the University of Plymouth during both year 7 & year 8.

Key Skills

Resilience is a skill which pupils will develop during their mathematical studies.

Pupils are encouraged to study worked examples and then use such examples to find the solutions to the problems put in front of them.

Enquiry is also a skill which is developed. Pupils are encouraged to relate maths to the real world and think of practical examples where mathematics is necessary.

Teamwork is encouraged as pupils show resilience by working together to solve problems.

Pupils are also encouraged to be methodical, so that their working out and methods are organised and relevant to the question.

Organisation also extends to homework as pupils make sure they meet deadlines and complete tasks on time.

Most of all the enjoyment of mathematics is a skill which is encouraged.

 

YEAR 9

Key Topics

Pupils begin their GCSE studies.

Please see the KS 4 Subject Overview.

 

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