__KS3 Mathematics__

All Students have 6 Maths lessons a fortnight. In Year 7 Students are taught Maths in the same sets as all their other subjects. In Year 8, they will be set for Maths lessons according to their ability in Mathematics.

At the end of every chapter there is a written test which is teacher marked. Homework will be set at least twice a week and this will usually be marked in class by students.

__Course Content__

__Due to the new changes to the KS3 curriculum we have invested heavily in a brand new set of resources called Pi, Theta and Delta written for the new Programme of Study and Framework. With levelled books, we can choose the right book for each pupil’s ability. The resources are interactive, fun and inspiring and are based around 10 key principles, designed to nurture confidence and raise achievement.__

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This innovative Key Stage 3 Maths course embeds evidence-based approaches to develop confident and numerate students able to progress to KS4 and beyond and includes;

- Reflection (metacognition) is explicitly encouraged to build perseverance and confidence.
- STEM and Finance lessons highlight these important links to using maths in real life.
- Reasoning and Problem-solving are nurtured in preparation for progressing to GCSE.

There are three levels of text books used in Years 7 and 8:

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__Pi Course – Levels 3-6__

**Pi 1 (Levels 3-5) **

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**Unit 1 Analysing and displaying data**

**Unit 2 Calculating**

**Unit 3 Expressions, functions and formulae**

**Unit 4 Graphs**

**Unit 5 Factors and multiples **

**Unit 6 Decimals and measures**

**Unit 7 Angles and lines**

**Unit 8 Measuring and shapes**

**Unit 9 Fractions, decimals and percentages **

**Unit 10 Transformations**

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**Pi 2 (Levels 4-6) **

**Unit 1 Number properties and calculations**

**Unit 2 Shapes and measures in 3D**

**Unit 3 Statistics**

**Unit 4 Expressions and equations**

**Unit 5 Decimal calculations**

**Unit 6 Angles**

**Unit 7 Number properties**

**Unit 8 Sequences**

**Unit 9 Fractions and percentages **

**Unit 10 Probability**

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__Theta Course – Levels 4-7__

**Theta 1 (Levels 4-6)**

**Unit 1 Analysing and displaying data**

**Unit 2 Number skills**

**Unit 3 Expressions, functions and formulae**

**Unit 4 Decimals and measures**

**Unit 5 Fractions **

**Unit 6 Probability**

**Unit 7 Ratio and proportion**

**Unit 8 Lines and angles**

**Unit 9 Sequences and graphs**

**Unit 10 Transformations**

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**Theta 2 (Levels 5-7)**

**Unit 1 Number**

**Unit 2 Area and volume**

**Unit 3 Statistics, graphs and charts**

**Unit 4 Expressions and equations**

**Unit 5 Real-life graphs **

**Unit 6 Decimals and ratio**

**Unit 7 Lines and angles **

**Unit 8 Calculating with fractions**

**Unit 9 Straight-line graphs**

**Unit 10 Percentages, decimals and fractions**

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__Delta Course – Levels 5-8__

**Delta 1 (Levels 5-7)**

**Unit 1 Analysing and displaying data**

**Unit 2 Number skills**

**Unit 3 Expressions, functions and formulae**

**Unit 4 Fractions **

**Unit 5 Angles and shapes**

**Unit 6 Decimals **

**Unit 7 Equations**

**Unit 8 Multiplicative reasoning**

**Unit 9 Perimeter, area and volume**

**Unit 10 Sequences and graphs**

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**Delta 2 (Levels 6-8)**

**Unit 1 Factors and powers**

**Unit 2 Working with powers**

**Unit 3 2D shapes and 3D solids**

**Unit 4 Real life graphs **

**Unit 5 Transformations**

**Unit 6 Fractions, decimals and percentages**

**Unit 7 Constructions and loci**

**Unit 8 Probability**

**Unit 9 Scale drawings and measures**

**Unit 10 Graphs**

** **__Recommended Resources__

__www.mathswatchvle.com__

The Maths department have purchased a license to this site for all pupils. This site offers tutorials on every topic with worked examples and exam questions. This recommended resource can be used throughout the KS3 course to help with areas of difficulty, to catch up with missed work through absence and to aid revision.

- www.bbc.co.uk/schools/ks3bitesize/maths
- Students may benefit from a Key Stage 3 revision guide aimed at the level they are working at. These are available from all bookshops.
**The Maths department is open every lunchtime for any student who needs extra support.**

__Specialist Equipment__

The following equipment is essential:

- A calculator

Higher ability students would benefit from a scientific calculator (the Casio fx is recommended)

- Protractor
- A pair of compasses

__GCSE Mathematics__

Mathematics is a core subject and all students are required to follow the three year course starting in Year 9 and sitting the final examinations required for a GCSE in Mathematics in Year 11.

We use the two-tier linear course from EDEXCEL (specification 1MA1).

Students are set according to ability. Sets 1, 2 and 3 follow the Higher course and Sets 4, 5 and 6 will follow the Foundation course, although decisions on the final tier will be made on an individual basis. Individuals will be assessed throughout the course and the sets constantly reviewed.

__Course Content__

**The Foundation course consists of 43 modules taught as follows:**

UNIT UNIT OF WORK

- Integers and place value
- Decimals
- Indices, powers and roots
- Factors, multiples and primes

ASSESSMENT - Algebra: the basics
- Expanding and factorising single brackets
- Expressions and substitution into formulae

ASSESSMENT 2 - Tables
- Charts and graphs
- Pie charts
- Scattergraphs

ASSESSMENT 3 - Fractions
- Fractions, decimals and percentages
- Percentages

ASSESSMENT 4 - Equations
- Inequalities
- Sequences

ASSESSMENT 5 - Properties of shapes, parallel lines and angle facts
- Interior and exterior angles of polygons

ASSESSMENT 6 - Statistics and sampling
- The averages
- Probability I
- Probability II

ASSESSMENT 7 - Perimeter and area
- 3D forms and volume

ASSESSMENT 8 - Real-life graphs
- Straight-line graphs
- Quadratic equations: graphs

ASSESSMENT 9 - Transformations I: translations, rotations and reflections
- Transformations II: enlargements and combinations

ASSESSMENT 10 - Ratio
- Proportion
- Multiplicative reasoning

ASSESSMENT 11 - Right-angled triangles: Pythagoras and trigonometry
- Circles, cylinders, cones and spheres
- Similarity and congruence in 2D

ASSESSMENT 12 - Plans and elevations
- Constructions, loci and bearing
- Vectors

ASSESSMENT 13 - Quadratic equations: expanding and factorising
- Fractions and reciprocals
- Indices and standard form
- Rearranging equations, graphs of cubic and reciprocal functions and simultaneous equations

ASSESSMENT 14

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**The Higher course consists of 42 modules taught as follows:**

UNIT UNIT

- Calculations, checking and rounding
- Rules of indices
- Factors, multiples and primes
- Standard form and surds

ASSESSMENT 1: UNITS 1 – 4 - Algebra: the basics
- Equations and formulae
- Sequences

ASSESSMENT 2: UNITS 5 – 7 - Averages and range
- Representing and interpreting data
- Scatter graphs

ASSESSMENT 3: UNITS 8 – 10 - Fractions
- Percentages
- Fractions, decimals and percentages
- Ratio and proportion

ASSESSMENT 4: UNITS 11 – 14 - Collecting data
- Cumulative frequency and box plots

ASSESSMENT 5: UNITS 15 & 16 - 3D shapes and transformations
- Constructions, loci and bearings

ASSESSMENT 6: UNITS 17 & 18 - Perimeter, area and circles
- Volume and surface area
- Accuracy and bounds

ASSESSMENT 7: UNITS 19 – 21 - Probability
- Compound measures

ASSESSMENT 8: UNITS 22 & 23 - Angles
- Pythagoras’ Theorem and trigonometry

ASSESSMENT 9: UNITS 24 & 25 - Linear graphs
- Real-life graphs and coordinate geometry
- Quadratic, cubic and other graphs

ASSESSMENT 10: UNITS 26 -28 - Solving quadratic equations
- Simultaneous equations
- Inequalities

ASSESSMENT 11: UNITS 29 – 31 - Congruent and similar shapes
- Further trigonometry

ASSESSMENT 12: UNITS 32 & 33 - Graphs of quadratic and cubic functions
- Circle geometry and theorems

ASSESSMENT 13: UNITS 34 & 35 - Algebraic fractions
- More algebra

ASSESSMENT 14: UNITS 36 & 37 - Vectors and geometric proof
- Exponential functions and non-linear graphs
- Direct and inverse proportion

ASSESSMENT 15: UNIT 38 – 40 - Graphs of trigonometric functions
- Transformations of graphs

ASSESSMENT 16: UNITS 41 & 42

__Final Assessment__

There are two levels of entry – Foundation and Higher. Each level consists of three written papers taken at the end of Year 11; the first is a non calculator paper and the second and third require the use of a scientific calculator. Each paper is 1½ hours long and is worth one third of the total mark.* There is no coursework in GCSE Mathematics.*

At the Foundation tier, candidates can achieve grades 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1.

At the Higher tier, candidates can achieve grades 9, 8, 7, 6, 5 and 4.

__Ongoing Assessment__

At the end of every few modules on both the Higher and Foundation courses, the students will sit a written test. All students will be given a detailed revision list and the tests will consist of past GCSE questions on the topics covered in the last few units of work. These tests are teacher marked and a grade will be given based on the grade of the topics being assessed.

__Homework__

Homework will be set at least twice a week. It may consist of finishing off an exercise started in class or completing another related task. This will usually be marked in class by the students.

At the end of every module of work, there will be an end of topic “review”. This will consist of past GCSE questions on the topics covered in that module of work. These reviews will be a more substantial piece of homework and students will be given several nights in which to complete this. These reviews will be marked/commented upon by the class teacher.

__Recommended Resources__

- In Year 9 each student is provided with the recommended revision guide and will also be available from student services.

__www.mathswatchvle.com__

The Maths department have purchased a license to this site for all pupils. This site offers tutorials on every topic with worked examples and exam questions. This recommended resource can be used throughout the GCSE course to help with areas of difficulty, to catch up with missed work through absence and to aid revision.

- www.bbc.co.uk/schools/ks4bitesize/maths
**The Maths department is open every lunchtime for any student who needs extra support.**

__Specialist Equipment__

The following equipment is essential:

- A scientific calculator (the Casio fx is recommended)
- Protractor
- A pair of compasses