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Maths is the core principle behind everything we do in life. It enables us to make connections to real-life situations and learn lifelong skills. Maths enables us to be better problem solvers, communicators and decision makers. The enjoyment in Maths is seen in the harmony, patterns, and structures of numbers and forms. Maths helps us understand the world and we use the world to understand maths.

We follow the White Rose scheme of learning for Year 7 and 8: the idea behind it is to support pupils with simpler topics and then build onto more complex ones. Each topic has further steps within them which are seen as building blocks of Mathematics. Each step builds on from the previous one to help student understanding and engagement. 

In Year 9, students extend their learning on topics previously taught in Year 7 and Year 8 with increased rigour and a focus on interwoven topics and tasks. Groups of topics are taught together so that pupils spend time learning how topics are closely linked. Pupils are also taught some important topics in Year 9 that form the foundations for their work going into Key Stage 4. 

Key Stage 3 Overview

  • Number - Fractions, Decimals and Percentages, Estimation, Number operations, Factors and Multiples, directed numbers.
  • Shape - Angle facts, constructions and Area/Perimeter problems.
  • Algebra - Substitution, collecting like terms, Sequences and  solving equations.
  • Data - Working with averages, Interpreting and representing data, Sets and probability.

Year 8

  • Number - Operations on fractions, Use of a calculator, Percentages, standard form.
  • Shape - Area, converting units, angle facts. Transformations.  
  • Algebra - Expanding brackets, Sequences, Inequalities, Straight line graphs, Solving equations, Indices.
  • Data - Listing outcomes, Representing, analysing and comparing distributions, Finding averages from charts. Measures of location.
  • Probability - Sample space, Venn diagrams
  • Ratio and Proportion - Sharing in given ratios, Direct and inverse proportion, proportional problems involving ratios.

Year 9

  • Number - Standard form, Indices, Factors, Multiples, Primes. Product rule for counting.
  • Shape - Pythagoras, Trigonometry, Isometric drawings,, Transformations, Loci and Constructions, Bearings.
  • Algebra - Inequalities, Simultaneous equations, Straight line graphs, formulae.
  • Data - Scatter Diagrams, Cumulative frequency, Box plots, Tree diagrams
  • Ratio and Proportion - Incorporating problems involving fractions, decimals and percentages with ratio