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.