# Welcome to the Maths Department

#### Intent

Our main intention when designing a maths curriculum is that pupils are able to enjoy the maths that they are taught and see its relevance to them while at the same time progressing through topics as well as being able to link them together to solve problems.

At both key stages we want to provide early opportunities to solidify knowledge of essential building blocks of maths. Throughout the curriculum there are then opportunities to interleave these building blocks with other more complex ideas. There is an emphasis on consistent revisiting of topics and formal and informal testing of topics covered.

Regular opportunities to explore the mathematical language used in questions are built in to the curriculum. This is done using prompt questions and giving students time to use these before whole class discussions on the vocabulary used.

Regular retrieval practice gives lots of supported opportunities to revisit topics and assist with revision.

#### Why learn Maths?

Studying maths helps us find patterns and structure in our lives. Practically, maths helps us work with money, create graphics, design websites, build skyscrapers and generally understand how things work or predict how they might change over time.

It could be said that mathematics is fundamental in the education of children since maths teaches them to think. It develops our reasoning, helping us to think quickly and analytically and its use can be applied in your day to day life. If you are able to understand mathematics and arrive at logical solutions, you will be able to solve real life problems.

Maths is so much more than just a compulsory subject – the career possibilities can be endless. The benefits that having a good understanding of maths can provide students in the future, such as a bigger college choice and a better paying job in their profession, are endless.

Mathematics is essential in a world of constant change. Mathematics appears in art, music, science, engineering, statistics, education, technology and more. New technologies are changing the way we work and live and mathematics can be very useful in understanding how and why things work the way they work. The combination of a skills shortage and a growing need for maths skills means more and more employers are on the lookout for budding mathematicians!

## Year 7

During year 7, students will study the following topics:

Place Value, Negative Numbers, Calculations, BIDMAS, Estimation and Approximation, Substitution, Area and Perimeter, Pythagoras, Fractions, Using Measures, Using Scales, Time, Plotting Graphs, Ratio, Factors, Multiples and Primes, Collecting Data and Representing Data.

## Year 8

During year 8, students will study the following topics:

Using a Calculator, Probability, 2D Shapes, Circles, Indices, Forming and Solving Expressions, Equations, Percentages, 3D Shapes, Volume and Surface Area, Money, Averages, Sequences, Measuring and Constructing Angles and Lines, Angle Rules, Transformations and Trigonometry.

## Year 9

During year 9, students will study the following topics:

Negative numbers, Fractions, Decimals, Algebraic manipulation, Substitution, Expressions, Equations and Forumulae, Expanding & Factorising, Angle Rules, Circle Theorems, Plans and Elevations, Angle Properties, Properties of Quadrilaterals, Scale Drawing and Bearings, Ratio, Multiplicative Reasoning, Proportion, Percentages, Compound Interest, Area, Arcs and Sectors, Multiples and Factors, Product Rule, Powers and Roots, Standard Form.

## Year 10

During year 10, students will study the following topics:

Sequences, Coordinates, Straight Line Graphs, Quadratic Graphs, Transformations, Vectors, Rounding, Estimation, Equations, Simultaneous Equations, Iteration, Solving Quadratics, Constructions, Inequalities, Direct and Inverse Proportion, Similarity, Compound Units, Probability, Venn Diagrams, Tree Diagrams, Sampling, Averages, Displaying Data using Graphs, Histograms, Cumulative Frequency, Grouped Data, Scattergraphs.

## Year 11

During year 11, students will study the following topics:

Real Life Graphs, Area under a Curve, Equation of a Circle, Surds, Rearranging Formulae, Functions, Tangents to Curves, Pythagoras, Trigonometry, Proof

**Year 11 will spend the remainder of the year on revision and exam preparation**

### Resources

#### Mrs L. Mainwaring

##### Head of Department

#### Mr S. Fern

##### Second in Department

#### Miss H. Evans

##### Teacher of Maths

#### Mr P. Glover

##### Teacher of Maths

#### Miss E. Hird

##### Teacher of Maths

#### Miss C. Lindley

##### Teacher of Maths