Year 7 Maths
Mathematics and Practical Maths
Mathematics is taught throughout the school following the ‘mastery’ curriculum’s three aims of fluency, reasoning mathematically and problem solving. The intention of this approach is to provide all children with full access to the curriculum, enabling them to achieve confidence and competence – ‘mastery’ – in mathematics. The large majority of pupils’ progress through the curriculum content at the same pace. Differentiation is achieved by emphasising deep knowledge, rather than just accelerating pupils through the higher content of the subject. Individuals are supported when necessary through the use of concrete examples, models and images alongside the school’s intervention programme.
Key Stage 3
All pupils have five lessons of Maths a week and are taught in groups which are organised based on the cohort’s needs. Practical Maths is taught within these lessons as a topic, linking to the financial aspects of the 2014 Maths curriculum. These topics encourage pupils to resolve problems by drawing upon previously learnt knowledge, work collaboratively with others and to justify and explain their reasons and answers to problems. For example, 'The Game of Life' gives pupils responsibility for a family’s finance dealing with mortgages and food budgets.
In Year 7 pupils use the My Maths Key Stage 3 scheme which provides a firm foundation for GSCE. Place value and number are further developed, but there is a greater emphasis on Algebra, Geometry, Statistics, Probability, Ratio and Proportion. (For more information refer to the KPIs for Maths.) Pupils complete mini assessments after each unit which allows them to consolidate their skills and knowledge.
UKMT Maths Challenge
The most able pupils in Year 7 have a chance to take part in the individual UKMT Maths Challenge. This challenge encourages them to use their Maths knowledge, think in different ways and to compete against other pupils in the country.
Pupils are set weekly homework in Key Stage 3 to consolidate the work covered in their Maths lessons. This can be written or on computer using the My Maths program.