Mathematics

Course Aims:

In Key Stage 3 we encourage students to develop core skills and confidence in mathematics. Our scheme of learning develops not only our students understanding of Mathematics but also its importance in their own lives and in society. It prepares students to make informed decisions about the use of technology, the management of money, further learning opportunities and career choices. Student’s gain experience of mathematical activities and develop their appreciation and enjoyment of mathematics.

Course Content

Year 7

Content
There is a focus on investigating, student engagement and a deep understanding of skills.

Circles and Area
Properties of 2D shapes, area of 2D shapes including circles, coordinates and graphs, properties of circles, constructions

Sequences and Number
Sequences and patterns, plotting number sequences, the number line, negative numbers

Ratio and Proportion
Ratio sharing, taxes and discounts, proportional reasoning

The Nature of Number
Number sense, place value, binary, order of operations, decimals, multiples

Vectors and Transformations
Properties of shapes, translation, reflection, rotation, enlargement

Statistical thinking
Describing data, using averages, conducting a statistical investigation, comparing distributions

Year 8

Content

Number
Calculations;
Fractions;
Decimals;
Percentages;
Ratio
Proportion;
Accuracy;
Indices and surds
Standard Index Form

Geometry
2D and 3D shapes
Loci & Constructions
Transformations
Area & Perimeter&;
Volume

Algebra
Formulae
Express
Solving Equation
Sequences

Probability;
Spread
Theoretical probability

Measures
Enlargement
Similarity
Units of measure
Length
Angles & Bearings

Statistics
Representation
Analysis of data
Interpretation of data
Averages

Trips and visits:

High achievers are able to attend co-curricular competitions and represent the school in regional and state events, including competing in the UKMT junior mathematical challenge.

Co-curricular activities:

At the end of the academic year the Mathematics departments leads on a Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) based activity day, which requires students to design and build water rockets.

Key Stage 4 & 5 / Career Progression:

Students will go on to study GCSE mathematics at either higher or foundation level. Bentley Wood also offers an excellent A-level Mathematics course which includes pure maths, statistics and mechanics. Maths degrees are often regarded as stimulating, highly-rated, well-paid and valued by employers and maths graduates can go on to work in a variety of fields including but not limited to banking and finance, aeronautics, engineering, accounting, science research, investment banking and actuarial studies.

Recommended Reading:

All students are able to access resources and revision materials remotely via the internet, especially use of mymaths.co.uk and www.vle.mathswatch.com, which has the facility for monitoring students’ progress and providing teacher feedback and support.