In Year 7 and Year 8 you will follow a 2 year course that focuses on developing your mathematical skills and the ability to problem solve.

You will use the Oxford University Press ‘My Maths for Key Stage 3’ text books and a wide range of department developed resources to support your learning. You must make sure you are fully equipped for all lessons, with a pen, pencil, ruler and scientific calculator.

You will receive 7 hour-long lessons of Maths per fortnight.

Year 7

You will initially be set according to your KS2 standardised scores and then be re-sorted using our own baseline assessment. There will be 10 sets across the year and you are all taught maths at the same time.

You will begin your KS3 course with a module of work to improve your skills at using a scientific calculator.

You will then follow either a foundation or higher course and all will study the following during Year 7:                                              

  • Properties of Number           
  • Surface Area and Volume
  • 2D and 3D Shape
  • Solving Equations
  • Negative Numbers
  • Area and Perimeter
  • Expressions, Factorising and Brackets
  • Transformations
  • Presenting and Interpreting Data
  • Units of Measure
  • Decimals and Approximations
  • Fractions, Decimals and Percentages
  • Angle Properties
  • Percentages
  • Fractions
  • Averages
Year 8

For the year 2017-18 you will be taught maths in two parallel bands with 5 sets in each band. You will have been set according to your performance in Year 7, and through a combination of class, exam and teacher assessment.

You will receive 7 hour-long lessons of maths per fortnight.

You will follow either a foundation, higher or higher plus course and continue with the 2-year programme of study which covers:

  • Indices
  • Real-Life Graphs
  • Standard Form
  • Sequences
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Probability
  • Formulae
  • Inequalities
  • Congruent and Similar Shapes
  • Simultaneous Equations
  • Graphs of Equations
  • Bounds
  • Interpreting Data (extended from Year 7)
  • Constructions and Loci
  • Pythagoras’ Theorem
  • Algebraic Fractions
  • Trigonometry
  • Horizontal and Vertical Lines

(Some extended topics may not be covered on the foundation course.)

Support

If you are in Year 7 or year 8 and struggle with your numeracy skills, then you may be given a place on the ‘Paired Maths Programme’. Here you will be paired with a Y10 ‘Maths Mentor’ who will work with you once a week during a form period to help improve your confidence and skills.

If you are in Year 7, 8 or 9 and would benefit from longer additional support then you may be given a place on the ‘Maths Intervention Programme’. Here you will have a slight change to your timetable to allow additional lessons to be given in curriculum time. You will work together in small groups using resources designed to support anyone who find maths more challenging. This programme is not permanent and you can join throughout the year or ‘graduate’ and leave the programme early.

If you are a pupil in Year 7 to 10 then you will follow our ‘Weekly Skills’ system; this will involve you using part of one lesson each week to practice core mathematical skills. You will practice ten different skills each half term and then complete a review of these skills as part of your set homework.