Maths

Years 7-9

Introduction and Overview

All pupils will develop mathematical fluency, problem solving and reasoning, as part of the aims of the KS3 National Curriculum Programme of Study (PoS). We aim to provide opportunities for pupils to develop and deepen their understanding, whilst building stronger connections between the subject content requirements of Number, Algebra, Ratio, Proportion & Rates of Change, Geometry & Measures, Probability and Statistics.

The KS3 PoS prepares all children for GCSE Maths, which all pupils start in May of Year 9. High attaining pupils will be entered for the UK Maths Challenge (UKMT) for the Junior Challenge in Years 7 & 8, and the Intermediate Challenge in Year 9.

How to support your child

  • Encourage growth mindsets. Everybody has unlimited maths potential and can progress with hard work, practice and support. Adding “yet” after “I can’t do it” reinforces this.
  • Discourage fixed mindsets by not labelling somebody (including yourself) as being born “good” or “bad” at Maths. A child labelled “good” can think they’re “not good” when they get something wrong, and not connect that hard work helps them to progress.
  • Encourage enquiring minds. Find logic in thinking and learn from mistakes rather than dismissing an answer as “wrong”. Review efficiency and reasoning of correct solutions.
  • Encourage your child to ask their teacher if unsure.
  • Encourage your child to play maths puzzles, games and challenges.
  • Encourage number sense and flexible approaches to calculations to develop fluency.
  • Discuss the curiosity and wonder of maths in context.
  • Don’t associate Maths with speed of answers. This can cause anxiety and build barriers.
  • Ensure your child brings a Scientific Calculator (Casio FX-83GTPLUS advised) to lessons.
  • Discuss revision strategies, with practice questions and revising formulae encouraged.
  • Read Mathematical Mindsets (Boaler), Maths For Mums & Dads /More Maths For Mums & Dads (the teenage years) (Eastaway & Askew) available from our school library.

Web Links

Subscribed: www.mymaths.co.uk and www.numbergym.co.uk(passwords in Maths books)

Unsubscribed: http://wild.maths.org/ and www.youcubed.org/tasks/

Apps such as Logic Squares encourage development of fluency with calculations.

Additional Reading

  • Ball of Confusion – Johnny Ball
  • Alex in Numberland / Alex Through the Looking Glass – Alex Bellos
  • How Long is a Piece of String?/How Many Socks Make a Pair?/Maths on the Go: 101 Fun Ways to Play with Maths/Mindbenders & Brainteasers /Why Do Buses Come in Threes?-Rob Eastaway
  • The Number Devil – Hans Magnus Enzensberger
  • Murderous Maths Series – Kjartan Poskitt

Years 10-11

Introduction and Overview

All pupils continue the Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Maths (1MA1) course during Years 10 and 11. Fluency, problem solving and reasoning remain focused around Number, Algebra, Ratio, Proportion & Rates of Change, Geometry & Measures, Probability and Statistics.

All pupils take 3 x 1½ hour exams (one non-calculator) in May/June of Year 11. The decision whether to enter for Higher Tier (grades 9-4) or Foundation Tier (grades 5-1) will be made during Year 11 for each pupil. High attaining pupils will take the UK Intermediate Maths Challenge (UKMT) during Years 10 and 11

 

How to support your child

  • Encourage growth mindsets. Everybody has unlimited maths potential and can progress with hard work, practice and support. Adding “yet” after “I can’t do it” reinforces this.
  • Discourage fixed mindsets by not labelling somebody (including yourself) as being born “good” or “bad” at Maths. A child labelled “good” can think they’re “not good” when they get something wrong, and not connect that hard work helps them to progress.
  • Encourage enquiring minds. Find logic in thinking and learn from mistakes rather than dismissing an answer as “wrong”. Review efficiency and reasoning of correct solutions.
  • Encourage your child to ask their teacher if unsure.
  • Encourage your child to play maths puzzles, games and challenges.
  • Discuss the curiosity and wonder of maths in context.
  • Don’t associate Maths with speed of answers. This can cause anxiety and build barriers.
  • Ensure your child brings a Scientific Calculator (Casio FX-83GTPLUS advised) to lessons.
  • Discuss revision strategies, with practice questions and revising formulae encouraged.
  • Encourage regular practice from the Edexcel GCSE workbook & practice papers books.

Web Links

Subscribed: www.mymaths.co.uk and www.numbergym.co.uk(passwords in Maths books)

Unsubscribed: http://wild.maths.org/ and www.youcubed.org/tasks/

Apps such as Logic Squares encourage development of fluency with calculations.

Additional Reading

  • 50 Mathematical Ideas You Really Need To Know – Tony Crilly
  • The Hidden Mathematics of Sport – Rob Eastaway and John Haigh
  • Maths in 100 Key Breakthroughs – Richard Elwes
  • Mathematics – A Very Short Introduction – Timothy Gowers
  • One Equals Zero and other Mathematical Surprise – Nitsa Movshovitz-Hadar and John Wells
  • Finding Moonshine / The Music of the Primes – Marcus du Sautoy
  • Code Book / Fermat’s Last Theorem / Simpsons and their Mathematical Secrets – Simon Singh
  • Cabinet of Mathematical Curiosities – Ian Stewart
  • The Penguin Dictionary of Curious and Interesting Numbers – David Wells