Mathematics
As a Maths Department we aim for our students to become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics. We want them to develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately. Through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems, we want our students to be able to reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships, develop arguments, justify proofs and be able to use mathematical language to be able to solve mathematical problems. We want our students to become confident to use mathematics in everyday situations in order that they can solve problems which are presented to them and to know the skill of being able to break down problems into a series of simpler steps, and to learn the skill of persevering when seeking solutions. Our aim is for our students to be able to develop a strong knowledge and skills base to be able to progress to the next key stage, as well as to develop key transferable skills which they can use in other subjects. We encourage our students to experience different extracurricular opportunities and to discuss mathematics outside of the classroom situation, and to also have the opportunity to become peer mentors so that they can practise explaining mathematical concepts to younger students.
The Mathematics Faculty has fully implemented the Year 7, 8 & 9 national curriculum, aiming to achieve the objectives for able students. There is a strong emphasis on the development of mental and oral Mathematics skills, with a direct interactive teaching method. Calculators are used where appropriate, and some topics involve the use of computers. Investigation work is incorporated into the course, and the more able are encouraged with homework.
Year 7, 8 & 9 students are entered for both the Junior and Intermediate UK Mathematics Trust (UKMT) challenges with notable successes each year.
The Faculty also runs a thriving lunchtime Mathematics support club, and enters a Year 7, 8 & 9 team in the UKMT Team Challenge held at Manchester University.
Year 7 students are taught in forms, before setting is introduced in Year 8 (selection for Year 8 sets will be based on Year 7 examination results, AfL test results and teacher recommendations).
We aim to help students gain confidence in their abilities, to work on their own or to ask for help as appropriate, to persevere with problems, and above all, to enjoy their Mathematics.
Additionally, Computing is delivered within Year 7, 8 & 9 Mathematics. They receive 1 hour of Computing each week.
Year 7:
Algebra
Number
Shape Space and Measure
Data Handling
Computing

Algebra
 Solve equations involving fractions
 Form and solve an equation
 Solve simple linear inequalities
 Factorise expressions into single brackets
 Generate the next term of a quadratic sequence
 Deduce the gradient and intercept of a line from an equation
 Plot and interpret reallife graphs
Number
 Apply understanding of rounding to estimate answers to complex calculations
 Use a given solution to solve other calculations using the same digits
 Apply positive integer powers to fractions
 Use index laws for multiplication and division of positive integer powers using numbers or variables
 Complete calculations with mixed numbers involving the four operations
 Find the HCF and LCM of a pair of numbers using prime factors
 Find a percentage increase or decrease
 Use multipliers to calculate percentages and percentage increases or decreases
Shape Space and Measure
 Use bearings to specify direction
 Prove that the angles in a triangle sum to 180°
 Find interior and exterior angles in polygons
 Recognise similar shapes and calculate the scale factor from the ratio of two equivalent fractions
 Calculate the area and circumference of a circle
 Use Pythagoras’ Theorem to calculate missing lengths in right angled triangles
 Construct perpendicular and angle bisectors
 Plot an enlargement from a centre of enlargement using a fraction scale factor
 Fully describe transformations on a coordinate axe
Data Handling
 Find averages from a frequency table
 Understand and calculate relative frequency and expected frequency from experimental probability
Computing
 Understand how to stay safe online and to be aware of the laws regarding copyright
 Understand the components needed to create a network and learn how the internet works
 Learn about the history of computers
 Gain a basic understanding of the Python Computer language and independently create working programs
 Develop an understanding of the Micro:bit and create programs in the different languages the Micro:bit uses
 Create mobile phone applications using the App Inventor program
Year 9
Algebra
 Solve linear simultaneous equations by eliminating a variable
 Expand double brackets
 Solve linear inequalities and display the result on number lines
 Derive an expression for the nth term of a quadratic sequence
Number
 Understand the definition of a reciprocal and use index notation for negative powers
 Use index laws for multiplication and division of positive and negative integer powers
 Convert numbers to and from standard form
 Calculate successive percentage changes and compound interest/decay
 Use reverse percentages to calculate original amounts
 Round numbers to a given number of significant figures
 Use a calculator effectively to solve complex calculations
Shape Space and Measure
 Use trigonometry to find missing sides of rightangled triangles
 Apply constructions to solve loci problems
 Construct 30, 60, 45 and 90 degree angles
 Write measurements to their upper and lower bounds
 Carry out combined transformations
 Identify congruent triangles using the conditions SSS, SAS, ASA and RHS
Data Handling
 Calculate an estimate of the mean from grouped data
 Use the AND/OR rules for probability
 Use Tree Diagrams to calculate probabilities
 Construct and interpret Cumulative Frequency Graphs