Mathematics Faculty

Teaching and Learning Director:
Mr C Hill

The Mathematics Faculty at Oulder Hill believe that the skills of numeracy and wider mathematical understanding are key life skills that all students need to develop, in order to understand the world in which we live. We aim to provide a mathematics education that will enable our students to investigate, communicate and manipulate information in a powerful way that will aid the development of their logical and creative thinking. We firmly believe that making mistakes is part of student learning and we celebrate these in class as ways of discovering and correcting misconceptions. Our goal is to develop an environment which supports questioning and investigation across a range of mathematical experiences to enable students to develop a positive and confident attitude towards their mathematics.

Overview of Year 7 & 8

Year 7 have started a Mathematics Mastery scheme of work. This programme has been inspired by internationally recognised practice, particularly drawing on evidence from Singapore and Shanghai. Students will be working on four key principles: conceptual understanding, mathematical thinking, language and communication and mathematical problem solving.

Conceptual understanding is representing concepts using objects and pictures and making connections. Mathematical thinking involves investigating problems by giving examples, sorting and comparing and/or looking for patterns. There will be a focus on language and communication supporting students to be able to explain, justify and discuss mathematically. At the heart of the programme us mathematical problem solving.

“In mathematics, you know you’ve mastered something when you can apply it to a totally new problem in an unfamiliar situation” Dr Helen Drury, “Mastering Mathematics” OUP 2014

We have invested time and money to ensure that all students are given the chance to succeed and have access to a range of resources and manipulatives to use in lessons.

You can support your child with their mathematics through the following.

Growth mind-set; Everyone has the potential to succeed in mathematics.

Reasoning; Encourage explanations of how students know, not just accepting the correct answer.

Making links; In their daily lives, what mathematical skills are the students using?

Multiple representations; Can students use a concrete or pictorial manipulative to help them?

Challenge through depth; More maths doesn’t make students better at maths. Consider posing further questions to deepen their understanding.

In Year 8 students continue with the Key Stage 3 Scheme of Work. Students are taught Mathematics in ability sets and have four lessons every week. Assessment takes place each half term with students completing a chapter check exercise after each topic. Emphasis is placed on Test Score Analysis which highlights individual student’s strengths and areas for development. Two pieces of homework are set each week and can be used to consolidate work done in class, research new topics and apply mathematics in the real world

Year 7 Curriculum

Year 8 Curriculum

Year Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
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Whole numbers and decimals

Measure, perimeter and area

Expressions and formulae

Expanding brackets

Fractions, decimals and percentages

Angles

Angles in parallel lines

Graphs

Decimal calculations

Statistics

Scatter graphs and correlation

Stem and leaf diagrams

Transformations and scale

Equations

Multi-step equations

Powers and roots

Constructions and Pythagoras

Sequences

3D shapes

Case study

Ratio and proportion

Probability

Case study

Everyday maths

Overview of Year 9, 10 & 11

Students continue to have four lessons per week and are taught Mathematics in ability sets. In Year 9 students commence the GCSE specification. Assessment continues to take place each half term. Emphasis is placed on Test Score Analysis which highlights individual student’s strengths and areas for development. Two pieces of homework are set per week these can be used to consolidate work done in class, research new topics, apply mathematics in the real world, check understanding on MyMaths, and practise exam style questions and past papers.

Year 9 Curriculum

Year 9 Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2

Calculations

Expressions

Angles and polygons

Handling data

Fractions, decimals and percentages

Fractions, decimals and percentages

Life skills 1

Formulae and functions

Formulae and functions

Working in 2D

Probability

Measures and accuracy

Measures and accuracy

Equations and inequalities

Life skills 2

Year 10 Curriculum

Year 10 Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2

Circles and constructions

Ratio and proportion

Factors, powers and roots

Graphs 1

Working in 3D

Working in 3D

Life skills 3

Handling data 2

Handling data 2

Calculations 2

Graphs 2

End of year exam prep

Pythagoras and trigonometry

Life skills 4

Year 11 Curriculum

Year 11 Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2

Combined events

Sequences

 

Units and proportionality

Intervention

Intervention Intervention

Intervention

Exam preparation

Exam preparation

GCSE exams

Pupils in top set year 11  are also entered for a Further Mathematics GCSE in addition to the standard Mathematics GCSE taken by the rest of the year group.

Year 11 Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Further Maths

Combined events

Sequences

Units and proportionality

Units and proportionality

Numbers and algebra 1

Algebra 2

Algebra 3

Co-ordinate geometry

Geometry 1

Geometry 2

Geometry 2

Calculus

Matrices

Exam preparation

Exam preparation

GCSE exams

 

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Further Information

The Students also have a login for the websites of vlemathswatch.co.uk. Their username is how they log in to a computer at Oulder Hill, their password is 0u1d3r. All Students have a copy of the electronic textbook via the website www.kerboodle.com. Students should receive their username from their Teacher.

Gifted and talented mathematicians in sets 1 of every year group participate in the UK Maths Challenge so that they can compete against the most able Mathematicians across the country to receive Bronze, Silver and Gold awards.