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Maths

Mathematics

Mathematics should be viewed as a five year course culminating in GCSE examinations at the end of Year 11.  We aim to increase our students’ fluency, reasoning and problem solving skills in mathematics as they progress through our school.

Years 7 and 8

Students follow a differentiated curriculum appropriate to the ability of each student based on their prior performance data.  Regular assessment ensures that progress is monitored thoroughly.

Year 7 and 8 mathematics has the following main aims:

  • To allow students to enjoy and achieve in mathematics;
  • To establish good study habits leading to independent study skills;
  • To build confidence in their mental mathematics skills;
  • To learn to estimate answers before calculating and to establish checking as a routine step;
  • To begin to justify their answers by explaining why they make sense;
  • To enable students to explore mathematics independently;
  • To make cross-curricular links;
  • To apply mathematics across a range of contexts;
  • To become efficient in the use of calculators;
  • To begin to consider the difference between evidence and proof;
  • To begin to develop skills in using algebra.

A number of our more able students take part in the UKMT national math’s challenges, and representatives from Year 8 also attend the Royal Institution Mathematics Workshops in Cambridge.

Year 9

With the advent of a new GCSE mathematics structure for first examination in 2017, the key aims for Year 9 mathematics are:

  • To develop problem solving skills;
  • To make connections within mathematics;
  • To establish good mathematical communication skills;
  • To become fluent in using basic algebraic manipulation skills.

Students are placed in sets according to their achievements in Year 8 and their progress continues to be assessed through regular assessments.   

The level of study for Years 10 and 11 will be determined by the year 9 assessments, with the final assessment  of the year being of particular importance.