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Parkside School

Maths

Maths

Mathematics allows us to describe the world and its processes using Number, Algebra, Data or Shape. At Parkside school, we are looking to develop flexible skills which can be transferred to suit future careers and learning

 Mr Shepherd

Head of Faculty

 Miss Shinn

Asst Head of Faculty

 

 

 Mrs Williams

KS3 Coordinator

 Miss Shinn

KS4 Coordinator

 Miss Garrod

KS5 Coordinator

 

 

 

Curriculum Plans

   

Year 7, 8 & 9

What are we studying?

 Year 7

In year 7 we are looking to build on the areas of mathematics covered in KS2, whilst including new material which will begin to build foundations of key topics needed in KS4 mathematics.

We begin with Number, introducing negative numbers and multiplying and dividing with decimals, then when pupils are settled we begin the introduction of Algebra, Ratio and Proportion, Lines and Angles, Fractions, Decimals and Percentages and finally Data Handling.

 Year 8

 In year 8, we build on prior knowledge from year 6 and 7, although there is newer content, there are strong links with the year 7 curriculum.

Beginning with Properties of Number, we again develop onto Solving equations, Volume and Surface area of shapes, Sequences and graphs, Probability and finish with Constructions and Transformations. 

 Year 9

In year 9, we are preparing pupils to be able to engage in the more challenging GCSE content. Many of these topics will be interlinked with topics covered in Year 7 and 8. We are looking for pupils to master areas which will be central to enable pupils to succeed in their GCSE.

This is an integral year for maths and although there is repetition of topics covered, there is also chance to extend understanding into some topics which will appear on the Higher Tier examinations. 

 

How are we assessed?

Pre-assessments are used at the beginning of each topic in order to help understand the strengths and weaknesses of each class so that the planning and teaching can be designed around each class. At the end of each unit, pupils will complete a Post test, which will assess understanding of the unit objectives.

Pupils are given a chance to reflect and review these tests to enable then to improve on their test scores.  

What homework are we expected to do?

Homework is provided on a weekly basis, and is designed around repetition and understanding core topics. Pupils are expected to complete homework to the best of their ability and correct mistakes in lesson when it is reviewed.  

What can parents do to help?

Some parents may have had a difficult time in maths lessons when they were at school. Please do not pass down your own feelings of maths down to your sons/daughters. If your child comes home and you are not sure how to help, find out together using online resources and videos, don’t give up and show that if maths is practiced, everyone can succeed.   

How we provide for SEN and most able students

In maths we are keen for every pupil to meet their potential. We use the Pre-assessments in order to get to know individual pupils’ strengths and weaknesses. This means we can support pupils individually whilst challenging our most able pupils. 

Useful resources and equipment

Please ensure your child has:

Pen

Pencil

Ruler

Protractor

Scientific Calculator

(Casio fx-GTX is recommended)

Where can this subject take you? Career opportunities

Maths is a key component to many careers and is an excellent indicator of how good someone is at learning.

Sixth forms and Colleges will require a pass in mathematics in order to study a Level 3 course.

Directly related careers include:

Accountant

Statistician

Scientist

Architect

Actuary

Investment Analyst. 

Year 10 & 11

What are we studying?

 Year 10

In year 10, we are building on understanding learnt previously which a lot of new content.

The bulk of new content in KS4 is learnt in year 10 and at the end of year 10, the first GCSE Examination Mocks will occur. 

 Year 11

 In year 11, the most complex areas of the curriculum are taught up until the spring term. Once all of the curriculum is covered. We focus on gaps in understanding in order for pupils to ensure they are able to achieve the best grade they can and become confident in their work. 

 

How are we assessed?

Pre-assessments are used at the beginning of each topic in order to help understand the strengths and weaknesses of each class so that the planning and teaching can be designed around each class. At the end of each unit, pupils will complete a Post test, which will assess understanding of the unit objectives.

Pupils are given a chance to reflect and review these tests to enable then to improve on their test scores.  

What homework are we expected to do?

Homework is provided on a weekly basis, and is designed around repetition and understanding core topics. Pupils are expected to complete homework to the best of their ability and correct mistakes in lesson when it is reviewed.  

What can parents do to help?

Some parents may have had a difficult time in maths lessons when they were at school. Please do not pass down your own feelings of maths down to your sons/daughters. If your child comes home and you are not sure how to help, find out together using online resources and videos, don’t give up and show that if maths is practiced, everyone can succeed.   

How we provide for SEN and most able students

In maths we are keen for every pupil to meet their potential. We use the Pre-assessments in order to get to know individual pupils’ strengths and weaknesses. This means we can support pupils individually whilst challenging our most able pupils. 

Useful resources and equipment

Please ensure your child has:

Pen

Pencil

Ruler

Protractor

Scientific Calculator

(Casio fx-GTX is recommended)

Where can this subject take you? Career opportunities

Maths is a key component to many careers and is an excellent indicator of how good someone is at learning.

Sixth forms and Colleges will require a pass in mathematics in order to study a Level 3 course.

Directly related careers include:

Accountant

Statistician

Scientist

Architect

Actuary

Investment Analyst.  

Year 12 & 13

What are we studying?

 Year 12

In the first year of A-Level Mathematics there is a large crossover between the highest topics in GCSE. There are less topics than GCSE mathematics and therefore there is a better chance to delve deeper into the subject areas and really build on understanding of these areas.

 Year 13

In year 13, there are many new areas of interest and maths may feel quite abstract at times. This year is the most fascinating as you are introduced to new areas of mathematics which help to interpret the real world. 

 

How are we assessed?

In sixth form we have regular and cumulative assessments so that there is a chance to revisit topics which have been covered previously. There is lots of opportunity to develop skills and secure understanding.

What homework are we expected to do?

Homework is provided on a weekly basis, and is designed around repetition and understanding core topics. Pupils are expected to complete homework to the best of their ability and correct mistakes in lesson when it is reviewed.  

What can parents do to help?

In order to support pupils in mathematics, please track pupils’ results, ensure the out of class learning is completed to a high level and also encourage pupils to seek out support if they require. We are aware that Mathematics is a challenging subject and we are more than happy to help if pupils seek support.

How we provide for SEN and most able students

Classes in sixth form are small, this enables teachers to be able to spend lots of time with pupils and understanding their needs. Staff are very flexible and are able to adapt as necessary in order to really support pupils individually.

Useful resources and equipment

Please ensure your child has:

Pen

Pencil

Ruler

Protractor

Scientific Calculator

(Casio fx-GTX is recommended)

Where can this subject take you? Career opportunities

Mathematics in sixth form can be a great stepping stone into a career using mathematics and also a prerequisite for many courses at university.

 

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