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At The Wilnecote School we aim to provide all of our students with both the mathematical content and transferable lifelong skills to prepare them for the modern world.

In all years students are taught in sets to facilitate progress in fluency, mathematical reasoning and the ability to problem solve.

At keys stage 3 students are taught for seven hours per fortnight.

At key stage 4 students are taught for four hours per week.

 

All students can expect homework weekly.

Year 7

Students in year 7 follow the Maths Mastery SOW. The topics studied are sequenced which allows students to develop a deeper understanding of key concepts – “putting depth before breath”. Understanding is consolidated by revisiting topics regularly throughout the year. This allows students to build upon prior learning by being challenged to apply these skills in a variety of unfamiliar contexts

Topics covered are as follows

 

Term 1

Reasoning with integers

Mental addition and subtraction of integers

Written addition and subtraction of integers

Addition and subtraction of decimals

Multiplication and division of integers

Area

Multiplication and division of decimals

Further applications of multiplication and division

 

 

Term 2

Working with units

Angles and angle properties of straight lines

Properties of triangles

Properties of quadrilaterals

Symmetry and tessellations

Understand and use equivalent fractions

Fractions of amounts

Multiply and divide fractions

 

Term 3

Order of operations

Introduction to algebra

Algebraic generalisation investigation

Percentages

Working with data

Projects

 

 

 

Year 8

All students cover the same topics but the level that they work at is based upon prior knowledge and achievement.

Topics covered are as follows

 

Term 1

Number patterns

Investigating Number Systems

Solving Calculation Problems

Exploring Shape

Generalising Arithmetic

Reasoning With Measures

 

Term 2

Discovering Equivalence

Investigating Statistics

Solving Number Problems

Reasoning With Fractions

Visualising Shape

Term 3

Exploring Change

Reasoning Proportionality

Describing Position

Measuring And Estimating

 

 

Assessment:

Students are assessed regularly in Mathematics to identify understanding of skills and retention of knowledge. Gaps identified then inform future planning.

Assessment in year 7:

  • Pre-learning tests at the beginning of each half term
  • Post learning tests at the end of each half term
  • End of year examination

Assessment in year 8 takes three forms –

  • Short end of unit assessments
  • Half termly tests
  • End of year examination

At Key Stage 4 students follow the Edexcel GCSE scheme of work.

The examination, which is sat at the end of year 11 consists of three 90 minute papers. The first is non-calculator, the others are calculator allowed.

From year 9 onwards all students therefore need to be equipped with their own scientific calculator.

In year 9 students look at the basics of each topic and then go into more depth in them in year 10 and term 1 of year 11.

The rest of year 11 is given over to revising all topics and practising exam technique.

 

Assessment:

In years 9 and 10 students are tested as follows

  • Short end of unit assessments
  • Half termly tests
  • End of year examination

In year 11 students sit four PPEs – in October, December, February and April.

We participate in the national Junior and Intermediate Maths Challenges during the school year and also send a team of year 8 and 9 students to the regional round of the Team Maths Challenge.

Key Stage 3

Year 7

Students in year 7 follow the Maths Mastery SOW. The topics studied are sequenced which allows students to develop a deeper understanding of key concepts – “putting depth before breath”. Understanding is consolidated by revisiting topics regularly throughout the year. This allows students to build upon prior learning by being challenged to apply these skills in a variety of unfamiliar contexts

Topics covered are as follows

 

Term 1

Reasoning with integers

Mental addition and subtraction of integers

Written addition and subtraction of integers

Addition and subtraction of decimals

Multiplication and division of integers

Area

Multiplication and division of decimals

Further applications of multiplication and division

 

 

Term 2

Working with units

Angles and angle properties of straight lines

Properties of triangles

Properties of quadrilaterals

Symmetry and tessellations

Understand and use equivalent fractions

Fractions of amounts

Multiply and divide fractions

 

Term 3

Order of operations

Introduction to algebra

Algebraic generalisation investigation

Percentages

Working with data

Projects

 

 

 

Year 8

All students cover the same topics but the level that they work at is based upon prior knowledge and achievement.

Topics covered are as follows

 

Term 1

Number patterns

Investigating Number Systems

Solving Calculation Problems

Exploring Shape

Generalising Arithmetic

Reasoning With Measures

 

Term 2

Discovering Equivalence

Investigating Statistics

Solving Number Problems

Reasoning With Fractions

Visualising Shape

Term 3

Exploring Change

Reasoning Proportionality

Describing Position

Measuring And Estimating

 

 

Assessment:

Students are assessed regularly in Mathematics to identify understanding of skills and retention of knowledge. Gaps identified then inform future planning.

Assessment in year 7:

  • Pre-learning tests at the beginning of each half term
  • Post learning tests at the end of each half term
  • End of year examination

Assessment in year 8 takes three forms –

  • Short end of unit assessments
  • Half termly tests
  • End of year examination
Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4 students follow the Edexcel GCSE scheme of work.

The examination, which is sat at the end of year 11 consists of three 90 minute papers. The first is non-calculator, the others are calculator allowed.

From year 9 onwards all students therefore need to be equipped with their own scientific calculator.

In year 9 students look at the basics of each topic and then go into more depth in them in year 10 and term 1 of year 11.

The rest of year 11 is given over to revising all topics and practising exam technique.

 

Assessment:

In years 9 and 10 students are tested as follows

  • Short end of unit assessments
  • Half termly tests
  • End of year examination

In year 11 students sit four PPEs – in October, December, February and April.

Extra-Curricular

We participate in the national Junior and Intermediate Maths Challenges during the school year and also send a team of year 8 and 9 students to the regional round of the Team Maths Challenge.