#### Course Content

**We follow the Kangaroo Curriculum taught over 6 – 7 lessons per fortnight, covering the following content headings:**

- Number
- Algebra
- Ratio, proportion and rates of change
- Geometry and measures
- Probability
- Statistics

#### Course Content: Year 7 Curriculum Overview

Term | Year 7 Extension | Year 7 Core | Year 7 Support |
---|---|---|---|

1 | Settling in Week Average Student Project Presentation of data Measuring data Measuring space Investigating angles | Settling in Week Average Student Project Presentation of data Measuring data Investigating angles | Settling in Week Average Student Project The number system Calculating Investigating properties of shapes |

2 | Numbers and the number system Counting and comparing Calculating | Numbers and the number system Calculating Calculating: division | Exploring Fractions, decimals and percentages Calculating fractions, decimals and percentages Solving equations and inequalities Algebraic proficiency: using formulae Mathematical movement |

3 | Visualising and constructing Investigating properties of shapes Algebraic proficiency: tinkering | Visualising and constructing Investigating properties of shapes Algebraic proficiency: using formulae | Numbers and the number system Counting and comparing Calculating: addition and subtraction Visualising and constructing |

4 | Exploring fractions, decimals and percentages Proportional reasoning Pattern sniffing Calculating fractions, decimals and percentages | Exploring fractions, decimals and percentages Proportional reasoning Pattern sniffing | Calculating: multiplication and division Investigating properties of shapes Pattern sniffing Exploring time Exploring fractions, decimals and percentages |

5 | Solving equations and inequalities Calculating space | Calculating fractions, decimals and percentages Solving equations and inequalities | Measuring space Investigating angles Calculating fractions, decimals and percentages |

6 | Checking, approximating and estimating Year 7 Final Assessment Mathematical movement | Calculating space Year 7 Final Assessment Checking, approximating and estimating Mathematical movement | Calculating space Year 7 Final Assessment Checking, approximating and estimating Mathematical movement Presentation of data |

#### Course Content: Year 8 Curriculum Overview

Term | Year 8 Extension | Year 8 Core | Year 8 Support |
---|---|---|---|

1 | Numbers and the number system Calculating | Numbers and the number system Counting and comparing Calculating | Presentation of data Measuring data Measuring space Investigating angles |

2 | Visualising and constructing Understanding risk I Algebraic proficiency: tinkering | Visualising and constructing Investigating properties of shapes Algebraic proficiency: tinkering | Numbers and the number system Calculating Calculating: division |

3 | Exploring fractions, decimals and percentages Proportional reasoning Pattern sniffing Investigating angles | Exploring fractions, decimals and percentages Proportional reasoning Pattern sniffing Measuring space Investigating angles | Visualising and constructing Investigating properties of shapes Algebraic proficiency: using formulae |

4 | Calculating fractions, decimals and percentages Solving equations and inequalities Calculating space | Calculating fractions, decimals and percentages Solving equations and inequalities | Exploring fractions, decimals and percentages Proportional reasoning Pattern sniffing |

5 | Algebraic proficiency: visualising Understanding risk II | Calculating space Checking, approximating and estimating Mathematical movement | Calculating fractions, decimals and percentages Solving equations and inequalities |

6 | Presentation of data Year 8 Final Assessment Measuring data | Presentation of data Year 8 Final Assessment Measuring data | Calculating space Year 8 Final Assessment Checking, approximating and estimating Mathematical movement |

#### Subject Specific Skills

In Lower School Maths lessons, students are expected to demonstrate a range of arithmetic, calculation and problem solving skills. These skills are further learnt and developed through our curriculum and enrichment opportunities. Maths skills are central to the development of other subjects such as the Sciences and Technology.

#### Maths Resources

Mathswatch VLE – all students have login details

#### Maths PLCs

###### Term 1

**Mathematics Year 7 PLC for Term 1 – Support [PDF]
Mathematics Year 7 PLC for Term 1 – Core [PDF]
Mathematics Year 7 PLC for Term 1 – Extension [PDF]**

**Mathematics Year 8 PLC for Term 1 – Core [PDF]
Mathematics Year 8 PLC for Term 1 – Extension [PDF]**

###### Term 2

**Mathematics Year 7 PLC for Term 2 – Support [PDF]
Mathematics Year 7 PLC for Term 2 – Core [PDF]
Mathematics Year 7 PLC for Term 2 – Extension [PDF]**

**Mathematics Year 8 PLC for Term 2 – Core [PDF]
Mathematics Year 8 PLC for Term 2 – Extension [PDF]**

###### Term 3

**Mathematics Year 7 PLC for Term 3 – Support [PDF]
Mathematics Year 7 PLC for Term 3 – Core [PDF]
Mathematics Year 7 PLC for Term 3 – Extension [PDF]**

**Mathematics Year 8 PLC for Term 3 – Core [PDF]
Mathematics Year 8 PLC for Term 3 – Extension [PDF]**

###### Term 4

**Mathematics Year 7 PLC for Term 4 – Core [PDF]
Mathematics Year 7 PLC for Term 4 – Support [PDF]
Mathematics Year 7 PLC for Term 4 – Extension [PDF]**

**Mathematics Year 8 PLC for Term 4 – Core [PDF]
Mathematics Year 8 PLC for Term 4 – Extension [PDF]**

###### Term 5

**Mathematics Year 7 PLC for Term 5 – Support [PDF]
Mathematics Year 7 PLC for Term 5 – Core [PDF]
Mathematics Year 7 PLC for Term 5 – Extension [PDF]**

**Mathematics Year 8 PLC for Term 5 – Core [PDF]
Mathematics Year 8 PLC for Term 5 – Extension [PDF]**

###### Term 6

**Mathematics Year 7 PLC for Term 6 – Support [PDF]
Mathematics Year 7 PLC for Term 6 – Core [PDF]
Mathematics Year 7 PLC for Term 6 – Extension [PDF]**

**Mathematics Year 8 PLC for Term 6 – Core [PDF]
Mathematics Year 8 PLC for Term 6 – Extension [PDF]**

#### Assessment in Lower School Mathematics

Mathematics assessments are in the form of written papers taking no more than 1 hour each. These assessments take place in Maths lessons at the end of Term 1, 2, 3 and 4 and focus on the topics covered during that term. At the end of each year there is a final assessment on the topics studied across the whole year. 50% of a student’s final grade for the year is made up from the average of her termly assessments, with the other 50% made from their final end of year assessment in Term 6. All assessments are a mixture of both calculator and non-calculator questions depending on the content.

#### Grades available are:

Flightpath | Assessment Grade | Aiming for final GCSE Grade |
---|---|---|

Mastering | Mastering + Mastering Mastering - | 9 8 7 |

Rising | Rising + Rising Rising - | 6 5 4 |

Emerging | Emerging + Emerging Emerging - | 3 2 1 |

#### Overview of Assessment from Mathematics Assessment Policy

- All assessments in Mathematics take the form of written assessments and examinations
- Assessments take place on a termly basis – for further information please see the course content table above

#### Marking of Students’ Work and Feedback

Student books are taken in by the class teacher at least three times per term (based on a standard 6 week term).

Feed-forward (pink) sheets are used as part of the book marking process at the end of each unit. Typically, two of these should be used each term.

Assessment feedback (blue) sheets are used as part of the assessment marking process at the end of each term. Staff comments on both the pink and blue sheets provide guidance on how students can improve their level of understanding. Staff review all peer assessed and self-assessed work and provide guidance when necessary.

Marking guidance is included as part of the tracking sheet at the front of every student book. This sheet will include the following information:

Type of work | Type of Assessment | Notes |
---|---|---|

Classwork | Self and peer assessment | This type of work may be teacher assessed where the class teacher feels this is more appropriate. All classwork will be reviewed when books are marked and guidance given if necessary. |

Homework | Self and peer assessment | This type of work may be teacher assessed where the class teacher feels this is more appropriate. All homework will be reviewed when books are marked and guidance given if necessary. |

Feed-forward (pink) sheets | Teacher assessment | Feed-forward questions will be marked by the class teacher as part of the book marking process. |

Termly assessments | Peer assessment | This type of work may be teacher assessed where the class teacher feels this is more appropriate. |

End of year assessment / exam | Teacher assessment | |

Assessment feedback (blue) sheets | Self and teacher assessment | Students to RAG rate each question. Teacher provides feedback and sets targets for improvement. |

#### Setting in Lower School Maths

Sets are arranged in two half year groups (termed left and right). In Year 7 the left and right sides are set 1 to 4. In Year 8 the left side is set 1 to 3 and the right side from 1 to 5. Students are assigned to sets initially by Key Stage 2 Maths results. When a student out-performs the bottom 10% of students in the set above across a minimum of two assessments she will be moved to the higher group. If a student performs below the top 10% of students in the set below across a minimum of two assessments, then she will be moved to the lower group.

Sets 1 and 2 follow the extension curriculum, Set 3 follows the core curriculum and Set 4 in Year 7, Set 5 in Year 8 follow the support curriculum.

#### Homework

Mathematics homework is set on a weekly basis and students should expect to spend approximately 1 hour on each homework. Students will record homework in their planners and teachers share via SIMS Learning Gateway the details of what has been set and when it is due to be handed in.

#### Supporting Your Daughter in Lower School Mathematics

**There are a number of ways you can support your daughter with her maths:**

- Always pay a keen interest in what she is doing in her Maths lessons
- Always ask to see her completed homework
- Do not let your own fears over the subject be a reason for your daughter not learning to like the subject
- Ask her to explain the most recent topic she has covered in Maths to you
- Give a lot of praise for the maths that she does – confidence is a big problem for some students in maths
- A key resource we use is Mathswatch VLE. It is available at home and contains readily accessible videos. Use revision lists that are issued to students to work through this maths together Why not try the linked worksheets too?

#### Revision and Support Materials

**https://www.vle.mathswatch.com/
https://www.samlearning.com/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/z6pfb9q
http://www.mrbartonmaths.com/
http://www.kangaroomaths.com/kenny2.php?page=Kschemeks3**