Why do we study Mathematics?

Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline. It is not only essential to many areas of everyday life, it is also integral to many other subjects, such as; science, technology, engineering and business. Mathematics is also a vital skill for financial literacy and plays an important part in many employment roles. Therefore, a high-quality Mathematics education is essential for all.

We aim to provide a programme of study that; builds confidence in mathematical process and understanding; enables mathematical reasoning; ignites a curiosity to want to go on to explore Mathematics to a higher level and to use it boldly in future careers.

While the programme of study is presented as distinct units, they very much inter-link and relate to one-another at many levels. Students are shown how to identify those relationships and how to work seamlessly between topics. This is achieved by using regular multi-step problem solving questions that may present as one specific topic yet proceed into needing disciplines from other units along the way.

At Key Stage 3, students build upon key concepts that they have already experienced in Key Stage 2, with a couple of ‘new’ concepts added to their repertoire. Key Stage 4 will take this one step further, preparing them not only for the demands of the GCSE examinations, but also for everyday life.

Year 7 | Grades 1-5

Learning Outcomes

Students build upon their knowledge of mathematics from their Key Stage 2 studies by facing ever more complex problems and learning the strategies needed to solve them.

Year 7 will begin with a transition task which is used to determine how fluent pupils are with the key skills they have already acquired.

Building upon core methods, the development of fluency, reasoning and problem solving is structured into every topic area; students will have the opportunity to solve problems in the majority of lessons.

The demand on clear written methods and good number skills stay from primary school but there is an ever increasing use of calculators to help solve problems and greater introduction of algebra throughout the year into all topics.

Topics Taught

Autumn Term

• Transition
• Algebraic expressions
• Fractions
• Sequences
• 2D Shapes

Spring Term

• Decimals
• Presenting & interpreting data
• Solving equations

Summer Term

• Percentages
• Probability
• Angles
• Enrichment activities