Maths Department Vision

At Larches High school we believe that it is our duty to inspire young people to see the true value of maths in the wider world by bringing maths alive, and make it interesting and accessible. Very often learners have low confidence in their mathematical ability, we aim to increase confidence and attainment in mathematics so that our learners are either able to reintegrate quickly into mainstream education or to achieve a maths qualifications when they leave us in Year 11.

Our aim is for all our students to acquire a deep, long-term, secure and adaptable understanding of the subject by being able to:

  • Rapidly and accurately recall and apply facts and concepts
  • Develop a growing confidence to reason mathematically
  • Develop the ability to apply maths to solve problems, to conjecture and to test hypotheses

‘The purpose of study Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.’
(https://www.gov.uk/)

Key Stage 3

Key stage 3 will follow the National Curriculum of Mathematics. Students’ progress will be assessed at 6 points during the academic year. Those students needing extra support in maths will be withdrawn for individual intervention sessions. KS3 students will have 5 x 45 minute lessons per week.

Key Stage 4

Key Stage 4 will follow the Edexcel GCSE Mathematics specification. They will take three exam papers; paper 1 is non-calculator and papers 2 and 3 are both calculator. All three papers will contain a mix of question styles from any part of the subject content (number, algebra, ratio, proportion and rates of change, geometry and measures, probability and statistics). They will work towards gaining grades 1-9 where 1 is the lowest and 9 is the highest.

Where appropriate some students will sit the Edexcel Entry Level Certificate and/or Edexcel Functional Maths. Students’ progress will be assessed at 6 points during the academic year. Those students needing extra support in maths will be withdrawn for individual intervention sessions. KS4 students will have 5 x 45 minute lessons per week.

Curriculum

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
Autumn Sequences

Algebraic notation

Equality and Equivalence

Place value and ordering

FDP equivalence

Factors, multiples and primes

Algebraic expressions

Indices

Negative numbers

Place value

2D-shapes

Ratio

Calculations, BIDMAS and using a calculator

Estimation

Measures

Algebraic Manipulation

Data and averages

Numbers

Percentages

Representing Data

Fractions, Decimals and percentages

Fractions, Decimals and Percentages

Numbers

Algebraic Manipulation

Representing data

Estimation

Data and averages

Measures

Percentages

Number/Fractions inc. FDP

Algebraic manipulation

Solving equations

Representing data and averages

Probability

Ratio

Inequalities and bounds

Area and perimeter

Pythagoras

Spring Addition and subtraction

Multiplication and division

Fractions and percentages of amounts

Directed numbers

Addition and subtraction of fractions

Substitution

Solving equations and inequalities

Time

Estimation and approximation

Using measures and scales

Fractions

Percentages

Substitution

Sequences

Ratio and Proportion

Angles

Solving equations

Pythagoras

Trigonometry

Angles

Trigonometry

Substitution

Ratio and Proportion

Sequences

Pythagoras

Solving equations

Circles

Indices and St. Form

Volume/SA/Plans/Nets

Conversion graphs/units of measure

Plotting lines and curves

Compound measures

Constructions/ Transformations/Vectors

Angles and sequences

Summer Constructing, measuring and using geometric notation

Developing geometric reasoning

Developing number sense

Sets and probability

Prime numbers and proof

Averages

Angles

Sequences

Plotting graphs

Area and perimeter

Circles

Probability

Transformations

Indices

Area and perimeter

Calculations and BIDMAS

Similarity and congruency

Quadratics

Probability

Linear graphs

Probability

Quadratics

Linear graphs

Calculations and BIDMAS

Area and perimeter

Similarity and congruency

Indices

 

Revision and Exam Practice

Staff

Mavis Moore- KS3/4 Maths teacher (subject lead)

Abdulrauf Parkar – KS3/4  Maths teacher

Amy Shorrock – KS3 Maths Teacher

Natalie Rogers – KS4 Maths Teacher

Websites

For independent study/revision material please go to; https://www.mymaths.co.uk/
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