As with English our Maths curriculum has been designed to meet the requirements of the National Curriculum whilst incorporating the school’s academic approach. Our aim is to provide engaging and challenging lessons that are fun, interactive and relevant to the children’s lives. We want pupils to understand how integral mathematics is to their everyday world, from using money to using digital devices. We try to treat Maths as a series of puzzles and problems to be investigated and solved. We aim to stimulate in pupils a fascination and understanding of mathematics by firing their imagination.
Mathematics in Small Classes
Although students immensely benefit from smaller classes in all subjects, nowhere is this more true than in Maths. Most Maths lessons follow a combination of whole class teaching and individual guidance. Providing individual support and attention to pupils is essential to their success in Maths as each child invariably requires different levels of assistance, whether they need further stretching and challenges or they need reassurance that they are working in the right direction.
In Year 10 most pupils will sit the foundation Maths GCSE exam before going onto taking the higher Maths GCSE in Year 11.
Here is a term by term guide to what we teach in Mathematics. Please note that the curriculum is subject to change.
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Mathematics Curriculum
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Year 4 | NUMBER: Place value, Doubling & Halving Arithmetic skills without calculator Ordering decimals, Finding % mentally Multiplying & dividing by multiples of 10 Intro to converting metric units of measure Negative numbers SHAPE & SPACE: Area & perimeter of rectangles and triangles | "ALGEBRA: Writing & using formulae Collecting terms FRACTIONS: Simplifying Adding & subtracting Converting decimals/fractions/% Converting imperfect and mixed fractions Fractions of amounts PROBABILITY: Introduction Logical listing of possible outcomes" | "ANGLES: Measuring & drawing Naming angles & using compass SHAPE: Properties of triangles & quadrilaterals, Rotational symmetry & Reflective symmetry GRAPHS: Plotting & reading NUMBER: Rounding, Whole number calculations Using a calculator BIDMAS" |
Year 5 | "STATISTICS: Averages 2 way tables TRANSFORMATIONS: Reflections, Rotations, Translations & Tessellations ALGEBRA: Expanding a single bracket, Factorisation & Solving simple equations" | "PROBABILITY: Single events SHAPE: Constructing shapes using compasses and/or protractors Scale drawings NUMBER: Factors & multiples, Square numbers and roots, Decimal calculations" | "3D Shapes Number Sequences Problem Solving Related sums Everyday maths: e.g. time" |
Year 6 | "PROBABILITY: Sets & venn diagrams NUMBER: Ratio, Proportion incl best value Standard form (large numbers) Rounding to 1 and 2 decimal places Effective use of calculator Converting metric units of measure Introduction to imperial units of measure" | "SHAPE: Area & perimeter including circles ALGEBRA: Simplifying, Expanding a single bracket, Substitution NUMBER: Fractions including multiplying and dividing Percentage incl % change ANGLES: Angle facts" | "Graphs Arithmetic Statistics" |
Year 7 | "Transformations Solving equations Powers & roots Constructions & bearings" | "Sequences 3D shapes Ration and proportion Probability incl Venn diagrams" | "Problem solving Rounding using significant numbers Compound measures Frequency trees" |
Year 8 | "Negative numbers Standard form Fractions for operations Vectors Special sequences Direct and inverse proportion" | "Percentages incl reverse % Compound interest Areas 2D shapes Volumes of complex 3D shapes Angles in polygons Time series" | "Expand and factorise quadratics Simultaneous equations Straight line graphs Converting compound measures" |
Year 9 | "Problem solving Metric conversions Factorisation Solving equations Inequalities Rearranging formulae Back to front averages" | "Real life graphs Mean & median from a frequency table Pythagoras Probability Indices Problem solving with fractions " | "ALGEBRA: Substitution Using standard formulae Equations Identities Intro to Trigonometry" |
Year 10 | "PROBABILITY: Theoretical Mutually exclusive events MEASURES & ACCURACY: Estimation Calculator methods Converting metric units of area & volume ALGEBRA: Solving linear equations Solving simultaneous equations Solving inequalities GRAPHS: Quadratic curves" | "SHAPE: Congruency Loci NUMBER: Prime factor decomposition using Venn diagrams Simple & compound interest Circles: arcs and sectors" | "Distance / Time graphs Equations of straight lines Trigonometry Growth and decay " |
Year 11 | "Practice GCSE past papers Similarity Pythagoras Mean from a frequency table Sketching functions Proofs" | "Bounds and error intervals Negative indices Solving problems involving ratio Compound measures Mock GCSE exams" | "Revision GCSE Exams" |