Mathematics

Overview

The mathematics curriculum is designed to promote mastery of the subject, spending longer on topics; particularly in KS3 to allow students to go into greater depth and really develop their understanding. Expected prior learning is continually tested both in and out of the classroom alongside new content to support this mastery aim. This is supplemented by regular homeworks and assessed tasks to allow sufficient time for all students to succeed.

We use https://vle.mathswatch.com/vle at St Thomas More both as an interactive homework option and a revision tool for students. All students have their own login details 

Key Stage 3

Years 7 & 8
Pupils are taught from a scheme of work which incorporates the recent KS4 changes.  Pupils work in ability groups within two year halves.  Pupils in Set 1 follow an accelerated programme of learning.  
The department builds on pupils achievements in primary schools, and generates targets based on high expectation so that sufficient progress is made by the end of KS3.

Year 7 Autumn Term Number: factors, multiples, primes, ordering numbers (including fractions), place value, order of operations
Geometry: line and rotational symmetry, faces, edges and vertices on 3D shapes, drawing and measuring angles, nets of 3D shapes
Algebra: collect like terms, substitution 
Year 7 Spring Term Number: fractions, decimals and percentages, ratio
Algebra: sequences
Geometry: metric and Imperial measure, angles
 Year 7 Summer Term Algebra: solving equations and inequalities
Geometry: area and perimeter of 2D shapes, surface area of 3D shapes, coordinates, transformations
Number: estimation
Data:  charts and diagrams including pie charts, averages and range
 Year 8 Autumn Term Number: prime factorisation of a number, standard form, negative numbers, order of operations, fractions decimals and percentages
Geometry: enlargement of 2D shapes, scale drawings, bearings, plans and elevations
Data: probability
Algebra: Simplifying expressions, factorising, substitution, laws of indices, changing the subject of a formula
Year 8 Spring Term Number: ratio and proportion, fractions decimals and percentages 
Algebra: Sequences, solving equations and inequalities
Geometry: angle facts including alternate and corresponding angles
 Year 8 Summer Term Geometry: perimeter of 2D shapes including circles, areas of circles and composite shapes, volume of prisms
Algebra: plotting straight line graphs, recognize, sketch and interpret linear functions and simple quadratic functions
Data: sample space diagrams, tree diagrams, theoretical probability, scatter graphs, averages and range

Year 9

Pupils begin to embark on the GCSE scheme of work. You can find the specification by clicking the following link: https://www.ocr.org.uk/Images/168982-specification-gcse-mathematics-j560.pdf

Set 1 students follow the higher scheme of work from the outset whilst all other sets follow the foundation scheme for Year 9. This allows students to cement their understanding of foundation topics before potentially tackling the higher topics in KS4

 Year 9 Autumn Term (Higher) Calculations, checking and rounding, Indices, roots, reciprocals and hierarchy of operations, Factors, multiples and primes, Standard form and surds, Algebra (the basics), Setting up, rearranging and solving equations, Sequences
 Year 9 Spring Term (Higher) Averages and range, Representing and interpreting data, Scatter graphs, Fractions, Percentages, Ratio and proportion
 Year 9 Summer Term (Higher) Polygons, angles and parallel lines, Pythagoras’ theorem and trigonometry, Graphs (the basics), Linear graphs and coordinate geometry, Quadratic, cubic and other graphs

 

Year 9 Autumn Term (Foundation)  Integers and place value, Decimals, Indices powers and roots, Factors multiples and primes, Algebra (the basics), Expanding and factorising single brackets, Expressions and substitution into formulae 
Year 9 Spring Term (Foundation) Tables, Charts and graphs, Pie charts, Scatter graphs, Fractions, Decimals, Percentages
Year 9 Summer Term (Foundation) Statistics and questionnaires, Averages, Angles lines and symmetry, Polygons and parallel lines, Interior and exterior angles of polygons


KS4: GCSE Mathematics 

All pupils at St Thomas More RC College will take a GCSE in Mathematics. A good knowledge and understanding of Mathematics is vital for post 16‐study and to be successful in the world of work. Pupils are taught in sets according to their ability to maximise challenge within lessons.

Pupils will gain a number for their Mathematics GCSE, the grade will go from a 1 up to a 9. The 9 is the top grade. The DFE states that a 4 would be equivalent to a current C grade and a 7 would be equivalent to a current A grade.

Course details: All students will follow the OCR J560 specification which can be found here:
http://www.ocr.org.uk/Images/168982-specification-gcse-mathematics-j560.pdf

Course Content: The programme of study requires pupils to:

 Develop knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts, including: – Number – Algebra – Geometry – Measures – Statistics – Probability. 
Use their knowledge and understanding to make connections between mathematical concepts. 
Apply the functional elements of mathematics in everyday and real-life situations
Assessment: External Assessment (assessed by exam board)
 

Both Higher tier and Foundation tier pupils will take 3 written examinations at the end of year 11: 
Paper 1 – a non calculator paper (1 hour 30 minutes) 
Paper 2 – a calculator paper (1 hour 30 minutes) 
Paper 3 – a calculator paper (1 hour 30 minutes)