Maths Curriculum Key Stage Three

 

Introduction to the Subject 

 

Maths is one of Bolingbroke Academy’s specialisms.  Maths is an essential subject for many careers – from Engineering, Medicine and the Sciences, to Finance, Programming and Architecture. Our vision is not only to enable our pupils to choose maths for further study or their career if they wish, but also to ensure that all pupils, regardless of their future choices, can have a positive experience of mathematics at school.  At the root of Mathematics, at Bolingbroke Academy, is a belief that all pupils can be successful mathematicians, if they are given the tools and the confidence to access the material.

 

We follow the Mathematics Mastery programme, which is a new approach to Mathematics that has been developed by teachers at ARK schools.  We cover fewer topics in more depth, so that pupils are able to master topics thoroughly when they learn a new concept.  We also use physical manipulatives and pictures to aid pupils’ understanding of abstract concepts.

 

Problem solving and communication are at the heart of our mathematics curriculum.  Every lesson contains a ‘talk task’, where pupils discuss their mathematical ideas.  We have high expectations of the language that our pupils use in the maths classroom and challenge our pupils through rich tasks and open ended questions.

 

The vision of the Maths department:  Maths Vision .pdf

Year 7: Aims                   

 

The Year 7 Mathematics curriculum aims to get pupils into excellent mathematical habits and sets them up for the rest of their secondary mathematics education.  The first term focuses on number, with pupils expected to be able to understand and explain the methods they use, with the following two terms introducing them to the other three major strands of mathematics: shape, algebra and data.

Year 7: Content                   

Autumn 1: addition, subtraction and place value of decimals and integers; multiplication and division by powers and multiples of ten; perimeter of rectilinear shapes

 

Autumn 2: multiplication of integers and decimals; area of rectangles, triangles and compound shapes; mean average

 

Spring 1: units of measurement and conversion of metric units; angle properties

 

Spring 2: equivalence of fractions; finding fractions of a quantity; multiplying and dividing fractions; converting between mixed numbers and improper fractions

 

Summer 1: writing and simplifying algebraic expressions; expanding single brackets

 

Summer 2: interpreting pie charts; writing quantities as percentages; percentages of amounts

Year 7: Assessment                   

At the beginning of every half term, pupils take a pre-learning assessment to enable teachers to see what prior understanding pupils have of the topic.  At the end of every half term, pupils take a post-learning assessment so that they can compare their percentage scores and see how much progress they have made.

 

At the end of every full term, pupils are given a Core Assessment designed by AQA.  This assessment lasts for one hour and covers topics from the whole of mathematics, with a focus on the maths they have learnt most recently.  Pupils will be given a level for their attainment in this test.

Year 7: Teaching                   

Pupils have five 55 minute lessons in Mathematics per week.

Year 8: Aims                   

The Mathematics curriculum in year 8 aims to build upon the solid foundations set in Year 7 and stretch pupils’ concepts of number, shape and algebra.  Pupils are encouraged to make links between their learning in other areas of maths so that, although they might be focussing on one topic, they will be practising other topics.

Year 8: Content                   

Autumn 1: exploring properties of number (including factors, multiples, prime factor decomposition, HCF and LCM); rounding and estimating; adding and subtracting fractions and mixed numbers

 

Autumn 2: calculating with negative numbers; simplifying harder algebraic expressions; factorising linear expressions; solving linear equations

 

Spring 1: construction of shapes; finding unknown angles with parallel lines; finding the area and perimeter of parallelograms, trapeziums; converting with metric units of length and area

 

Spring 2: converting between fractions, decimals and percentages; calculating percentage increase and decrease; working with ratios; calculating speed/distance/time

 

Summer 1: finding the circumference and area of a circle; converting with metric units of mass and volume; visualising 3D shapes using their nets; finding the volume and surface area of prisms

 

Summer 2: collecting and organising data; constructing charts; interpreting and comparing statistical representations

 

Year 8: Assessment                   

At the beginning of every half term, pupils take a pre-learning assessment to enable teachers to see what prior understanding pupils have of the topic.  At the end of every half term, pupils take a post-learning assessment so that they can compare their percentage scores and see how much progress they have made.

 

At the end of every full term, pupils are given a Core Assessment designed by AQA.  This assessment lasts for one hour and covers topics from the whole of mathematics, with a focus on the maths they have learnt most recently.  Pupils will be given a level for their attainment in this test.

Year 8: Teaching                   

 

All pupils have five 55 minute lessons in Mathematics per week

Year 8: Further information                   

Recent events and opportunities.

 

The Maths team are passionate about children being able to experience maths outside of the classroom.  We run regular catch up sessions with pupils to boost confidence – and also a weekly Maths Challenge club to encourage pupils to think outside the box and really stretch their problems solving skills.  We compete in the UKMT Maths Challenge and also the ARK network Maths challenges.  In November 2013, a team of four year 8s and one year 7 won the ARK Year 8 maths challenge – congratulations to Alexa Scutt Thomson, Sufyan Khan, Amira Zanabi, Charlie Venes and Tristan Seguin!

Year 9: Aims
The Mathematics curriculum in Year 9 aims to build upon the solid foundations set in Years 7 and 8 and to ensure the confidence of pupils in their GCSE Foundation Year.  Pupils are encouraged to make links between their learning in other areas of maths so that, although they might be focussing on one topic, they will be practising other topics.
Year 9: Content
Autumn 1: Unit 1: Co-ordinates and graphs, Unit 2: Proportion, Unit 3: Scales and standard form  Autumn 2: Unit 4: Sequences, Unit 5: Algebraic manipulation, Unit 6: Expanding and factorising            

Spring 1: Unit 8: Construction, Unit 9: Congruence and similarity, Unit 10: Triangles and quadrilaterals, Unit 11: Angles in polygons

 

Spring 2: Unit 12: Linear equations and inequalities, Unit 13: Simultaneous equations, Unit 14: Quadratic and other graphs

 

Summer 1: Unit 15: Probability, Unit 16: Mean from grouped data, Unit 17: Comparing distributions, Unit 18: Scatter diagrams

 

Summer 2

BEFORE END OF KEY STAGE EXAM: Unit 19: Pythagoras’ theorem, Unit 20: Transformations

AFTER END OF KEY STAGE EXAM: GCSE Transition Project 1: Proof, GCSE Transition Project 2: Trigonometry

Year 9: Assesment
At the beginning of every half term, pupils take a pre-learning assessment to enable teachers to see what prior understanding pupils have of the topic.  At the end of every half term, pupils take a post-learning assessment so that they can compare their percentage scores and see how much progress they have made.               

At the end of every full term, pupils are given a Core Assessment designed by AQA.  This assessment lasts for one hour + 30 mins and covers topics from the whole of mathematics, with a focus on the maths they have learnt most recently.  Pupils will be given a level for their attainment in this test.

Year 9: Teaching
All pupils have five 55 minute lessons in Mathematics per week