Maths

The Maths Department aim to make learning maths fun, interesting and challenging. To ensure pupils are appropriately challenged we set them according to ability and attainment. Pupils will be tested within the first week or so of the Autumn Term to determine setting. These settings are provisional and pupils may be moved between sets if it becomes clear that this will benefit their learning. Pupils are expected to bring the following equipment to all lessons - a pen (blue or black), a pencil, a ruler and a calculator. The National Curriculum requires all children to be taught how to use a calculator effectively. A calculator is thus an essential for work in the classroom and at home. Furthermore public examinations require the use of calculators. These are not provided by the school.

We do therefore strongly recommend every pupil to buy a suitable calculator if they do not already have one. The simplest and cheapest way to do this is to buy a scientific calculator from the LRC once students arrive in September at a cost of approximately £5.00. We are cheaper than retail outlets because we are able to sell them without charging VAT.   Such a calculator will last a pupil right through to Year 11 provided it is looked after. Make sure it is identified in some permanent way as the school cannot be responsible for private property. Then bring it to every lesson! The LRC also sells basic stationery equipment including compasses and protractors.

 

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Key Stage 5

At the same time we do discourage over-dependence on calculators. We expect  pupils to know their basic number facts (addition and subtraction facts up to 20 and multiplication times up to 10 x 10), and as at primary school they are taught how to work things out using pencil and paper where appropriate. This is also a requirement of the National Curriculum and pupils' ability to perform pencil and paper calculations will be tested in GCSE.

In accordance with the School Policy for home study, we aim to set one written or learning homework each week.

We wish every pupil a happy and successful Maths experience at Idsall.

MATHS AT KEY STAGE 3

The following is an outline of the topics covered throughout KS3. Groups will study the same topics although the level will differ depending upon the group. Some topics in year 7 are repeated in year 8 but to a higher level.
 

Year 7

Set 1

First Half Term

Second Half Term

Autumn 1

Collecting, Analysing and Displaying Data

Number Skills

Autumn 2

Equations, Functions and Formulae

Fractions

Spring 1

Angles and Shapes

Decimals

Spring 2

Equations

Multiplicative Reasoning

Summer 1

Perimeter, Area and Volume

Sequences and Graphs

Summer 2

Problem Solving Tasks

Year 7

Set 2 & 3

First Half Term

Second Half Term

Autumn 1

Analysing and Displaying Data

Number Skills (1)

Autumn 2

Equations, Functions and Formulae

Decimals and Measure

Spring 1

Fractions

Probability (1)

Spring 2

Ratio Proportion

Lines and Angles (1)

Summer 1

Sequences and Graphs

Transformations

Summer 2

Revision

Problem Solving Tasks

Year 7

Set 4

First Half Term

Second Half Term

Autumn 1

Analysing and Displaying Data

Calculating

Autumn 2

Equations, Functions and Formulae

Graphs

Spring 1

Factors and Multiples

Decimals and Measures

Spring 2

Angles and Lines

Measuring and Shapes

Summer 1

Fractions, Decimals and Percentages

Polygons and Transformations

Summer 2

Revision

Problem Solving Tasks

Year 8

First Half Term

Second Half Term

Autumn 1

1 Integers
2 Measures
3 Probability
4 Fractions, decimals and percentages

Autumn 2

5 Expressions and formulae
6 Angles and 3-D shapes
7 Equations and graphs

Spring 1

8 Calculations
9 Transformations
10 Sequences and root

Spring 2

11 Collecting and representing data
12 Ratio and proportion
13 Algebra

Summer 1

14 Construction and 3-D shapes
15 Analysing and interpreting data

Summer 2

16 Calculation Plus
17 Functional maths

MATHS AT KEY STAGE 4

As with English, a good Mathematics qualification is a necessary for many jobs and for entry to Higher Education courses.

All students study Mathematics until the end of Year 11 and the vast majority will sit public examinations in the form of GCSE.

There will be two levels of entry for GCSE - Foundation and Higher and students will be following a course which is targeted at one of these levels from the start of Year 9. The decision on which course is most appropriate for each student is based on a number of factors, including performance on Year 9 tests - hence thorough preparation for these tests is vital.

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Year 9 Foundation

Autumn

Integers and place value

Decimals

Indices, powers and roots

Factors, multiples and primes

Algebra: the basics

Expanding and factorising single brackets

Expressions and substitution into formulae

Tables

Charts and graphs

Spring

Pie charts

Scatter graphs

Fractions

Fractions, decimals and percentages

Percentages

Equations

Inequalities

Sequences 

Summer

Properties of shapes, parallel lines and angle facts

Interior and exterior angles of polygons

Statistics and sampling

The averages

Perimeter and area

Year 9 Higher

Autumn 1

Calculations, checking and rounding

Indices, roots, reciprocals and hierarchy of operations

Factors, multiples and primes

Standard form and surds

Algebra: the basics

Setting up, rearranging and solving equations

Sequences

Averages and range

Representing and interpreting data

Spring 1

Scatter graphs

End-of-unit assessed task

Fractions

Percentages

Ratio and proportion

Polygons, angles and parallel lines

Pythagoras’ Theorem and trigonometry 

Summer 1

Graphs: the basics and real-life graphs

Linear graphs and coordinate geometry

Quadratic, cubic and other graphs

Perimeter, area and circles

3D forms and volume, cylinders, cones and spheres

Accuracy and bounds

Transformations

Constructions, loci and bearings

Year 10
Foundation

First Half Term

Second Half Term

Autumn 1

3D forms and volume

Real-life graphs

Straight-line graphs

Autumn 2

Transformations I: translations, rotations and reflections

Transformations II: enlargements and combinations

Ratio and Proportion

Spring 1

Right-angled triangles: Pythagoras and trigonometry

Probability I

Spring 2

Probability II

Multiplicative reasoning

Summer 1

Plans and elevations

Constructions, loci and bearings

Quadratic equations: expanding and factorising

Summer 2

Quadratic equations: graphs

Circles, cylinders, cones and spheres
 

Year 10
Higher

Autumn 1

Solving quadratic and simultaneous equations

Inequalities

Autumn 2

Probability

Multiplicative reasoning

Spring 1

Similarility and congruence in 2D and 3D

Graphs of trigonometric functions

 

Spring 2

Further trigonometry

Collecting data

Cumulative frequency, box plots and histograms

Summer 1

Quadratics, expanding more than two brackets

sketching graphs of circles, cubes and quadratics

Circle theorems

Circle geometry

Summer 2

Changing the subject of formulae (more complex)

algebraic fractions, solving equations arising from algebraic fractions

rationalising surds

 proof

Year 11
Foundation

First Half Term

Second Half Term

Autumn 1

Fractions and reciprocals

Indices and standard form

Similarity and congruence in 2D

Autumn 2

Vectors

Rearranging equations

graphs of cubic and reciprocal functions

simultaneous equations

Spring 1

 Revision

Spring 2

Revision

Summer 1

Exam

Summer 2

Exam

Year 11
Higher

First Half Term

Second Half Term

Autumn 1

Vectors and geometric proof

Reciprocal and exponential graphs

Autumn 2

Gradient and area under graphs

Direct and inverse proportion
 

Spring 1

Revision

Spring 2

Revision

Summer 1

Exam

Summer 2

Exam

MATHS AT KEY STAGE 5

 

Year 12 and 13

Maths with Mechanics
Maths with Statistics
Further Maths

Please see printable version of this page for a detailed breakdown of topics covered per term

 

For further advice or to find out more about the Maths curriculum at Idsall School, please contact Mrs Farish.

Updated September 2016


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