Students entering in Year 7 are initially placed into sets based on Key Stage 2 data from Primary schools. The sets are then reviewed termly in order to ensure our students are at the correct level for them in order to maximise their progress.
Students follow the new national curriculum throughout Key Stage 3. This is designed for students to be stretched and challenged and to make rapid progress. They are assessed three times a year, and this is complemented by a series of regular mini topic tests taking place roughly every three weeks.
Students are given opportunities to develop their Mathematical skills in the areas of Algebra, Data, Number and Shape. We also work on other skills in the classroom such as problem solving, teamwork, leadership and thinking skills, as well as regular peer and self-assessment.
We apply Mathematics to the real world as often as possible in order to enhance Mathematical reasoning and to enable students to see where the learning applies outside of the classroom.
In Year 7 we study:
|Year 7 – Low attainer||Year 7 – High attainer|
|Autumn 1||Analysing and displaying data
|Analysing and displaying data
|Autumn 2||Expressions, functions and formulae
|Equations, functions and formulae
|Spring 1||Factors and multiples
Decimals and measures
|Angles and shapes
|Spring 2||Angles and lines||Equations|
|Summer 1||Measuring and shapes
Fractions, decimals and percentages
Perimeter, area and volume
|Summer 2||Transformations||Sequences and graphs|
Homework is set on a weekly basis and this usually takes the form of either a green sheet of paper or on the Pearson Active Learn website, with problems based on work completed that week in class.
As well as this, students have access to the MathsWatch website (www.mathswatchvle.com), a very useful tool for them to enhance their skills and plug gaps in knowledge. It is recommended that students log in to this on a regular basis. Each student has their own login, which they can get from any member of staff in the Mathematics team.