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Stewards Academy

Science Specialist

Maths

Subject Intent

The solutions to many of life’s problems have been a direct result of mathematical advances which have developed all around the world over centuries. It is a universal language that is creative and ingenious in the way it builds upon reasoning and logical thinking. It is the backbone to science, technology and engineering and vital for most careers and financial literacy. High quality mathematical education develops an understanding of the universe and allows us to be in awe of the beauty all around us. Mathematics gives us a great sense of enjoyment by exploring our curiosity.

Aims

The aims of teaching and learning mathematics are to encourage and enable students to:

  • Understand and be able to use the language, symbols and notation of mathematics
  • Recognise that mathematics permeates the world around us
  • Appreciate the usefulness, power and beauty of mathematics
  • Enjoy mathematics and develop resilience when solving problems
  • Develop mathematical curiosity and use inductive and deductive reasoning when solving problems
  • Become confident in using mathematics to analyse and solve problems both in school and in real-life situations
  • Develop abstract, logical and critical thinking and the ability to reflect critically upon their work and the work of others
  • Appreciate the international dimension of mathematics and its multicultural and historical perspectives.
  • Develop fluent knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts
  • Reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences and draw conclusions
  • Comprehend, interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context.

Key Stage 3

In year 7 and 8 pupils follow the Maths Mastery curriculum.  This is a new approach to teaching where pupils spend more time on fewer topics. They explore concepts using objects, conversations and problem-solving to build confidence in their understanding. Pupils spend time developing a deeper understanding of mathematical concepts through the use of language, concrete manipulatives and pictorial representations rather than accelerating through topics.

It is essential that pupils come to school equipped with a range of suitable mathematical instruments. Equipment is available for purchase in the School Resources Centre.

Pupils are assessed every half term and are encouraged to access the 'MyMaths' website, knowledge organisers and pocket revision guides to aid independent learning.

Year 7 Unit Titles

Year 8 Unit Titles

  • Place Value

Addition and Subtraction 

Addition and Subtraction of decimals

  • Multiplication

Division

  • Units

Angles

Polygons

Constructions (and loci)

Angles in polygons

Symmetry and tessellation

  • Fractions - understanding fractions

Fractions - fractions of amounts

Multiplication of decimals

Division of decimals

  • Order of operations

Sequences

Substitution

Expanding and factorising

Identities

  • Percentages

Statistics

  • Primes and factorising

Fractions - Add and subtract fractions

  • Positive and negative numbers

Sequences

Simplifying expressions

Equations

  • Constructions and loci

Angles in parallel lines

Angles in polygons

Area

  • Percentages

Ratio

  • Rounding

Circles

3D Shapes

Surface area and Volume

  • Statistics

Year 9 Unit Titles

 

  • Coordinates

Graphs (including sketching)

Proportion

Standard form

  • Sequences

Expanding and factorising

Rearranging formula

  • Constructions and loci

Congruence and similarity

Pythagoras

Angles in polygons

  • Equations

Inequalities

Graphs

  • Probability

Statistics

Scatter graphs

  • Congruence and similarity

Transformations

Trigonometry

 

 

Brief description of the departments homework policy for pupils in year 7,8 and 9

Homework for KS3 focusses on independent study. Students are encouraged to complete sections of their knowledge organisers based on topics they have covered in lessons week by week. They will keep these knowledge organisers in their independent study folders so they always have access to their revision. Pupils will build their knowledge over the half term in preparation for their post assessments at the end of each half term when they will be assessed on content covered in lessons. Pupils may also use the my maths website and pocket revision guides to complete further revision. If pupils request it, they may be given access to Maths mastery workbooks in which they may complete independent tasks at home to further their knowledge.

Year 7 Homework Tasks

Year 8  Homework Tasks

  • Knowledge Organisers
  • Independent Revision
  • Knowledge Organisers
  • Independent Revision

Year 9 Homework Tasks

 

  • Knowledge Organisers
  • Independent Revision

 

 

Key Stage 4

The Programme of study at Key Stage 4 builds on the progress of students during KS3. Students are assessed on their mathematical skills, their ability to apply these to real-life situations and their problem solving skills.

Pupils start their GCSE course at the beginning of year 10. They follow the AQA Mathematics GCSE Linear Course. The GCSE has two levels of entry, Higher and Foundation, examined through three 1.5 hour papers at the end of Year 11.

In year 10and 11, homework booklets are set every half term with a suggested timetable as to the completion of the work. Students are encouraged to use the ‘Mathswatch’ website to aid independent learning.

Year 11 complete weekly skill based homework and regular assessments to encourage independent revision for their final exam.

Please provide a brief description of the departments homework policy for pupils at KS4

In year 10 and 11, homework booklets are set every half term with a suggested timetable as to the completion of the work. Students are also provided with knowledge organisers summarising key skills and exam practice of content covered in lessons. Students are encouraged to use the ‘MathsGenie’ website and their pocket revision guides to aid independent learning.

 

Year 10 

Year 11 

N Calculating with percentages 

G Measures 

A Surds 

N Standard Form 

N Calculating with percentages 

 G Measures 

Gap analysis 

A Further quadratics, rearranging formula and identities  

G Trigonometry recap and extension 

N Growth and decay 

Gap analysis 

G Volume 

A Quadratics, rearranging formula and identities 

D Statistical measures:  

Cumulative frequency/ 

Histograms 

N Indices 

G Properties of polygons 

D Statistical Measures 

Analysing data using averages 

N Indices 

G Constructions and loci 

A equation of a circle 

A Further equations and graphs 

N Proportion, direct and inverse 

A Inequalities 

A Algebra and graphs 

A Sketching graphs 

 

G Congruence and similarity 

G Pythagoras theorem and basic trigonometry 

A Algebraic fractions 

G Congruence and similarity 

G Trigonometry and Pythagoras’ theorem 

A Inequalities 

G Vectors 

A Further sketching graphs 

Gap analysis 

 

N Direct and inverse proportion 

G Trigonometry 

Gap analysis 

 

A Simultaneous equations 

D Probability:  

Relative frequency/ 

Venn diagrams and tree diagrams 

D Conditional probability 

D Statistics recap and review 

G Further perimeter and area 

G Further Circumference and area of circles 

A Graphs recap and extension 

G Sine and Cosine Rule 

A Transforming functions 

G Circle theorems 

 

A Solving quadratic equations 

A Quadratic graphs 

N Growth and Decay 

 

A Introduction to quadratics and rearranging formula 

G Surface area and volume 

A Simultaneous equations 

G properties of polygons 

A Gradients and rates of change  

A Pre-Calculus and area under a curve 

 

G Vectors 

Gap analysis 

 

A Sketching graphs 

A Linear and quadratic equations and their graphs 

G Geometry recap 

D Probability:  

Relative frequency/ 

Venn diagrams and tree diagrams 

Gap analysis 

Revision 

Gap analysis 

 

Revision 

Gap analysis 

 

 

Please provide a brief description of the departments homework policy for pupils at KS4

In year 10 and 11, homework booklets are set every half term with a suggested timetable as to the completion of the work. Students are also provided with knowledge organisers summarising key skills and exam practice of content covered in lessons. Students are encouraged to use the ‘MathsGenie’ website and their pocket revision guides to aid independent learning.