Students follow the new national curriculum throughout Key Stage 3. This is designed for students to be stretched and challenged and ensures problem-solving, fluency and reasoning questions are involved in all lessons. Students are given strategies to approach problem-solving questions, for example using bar modelling. There are also real-life contextualised questions to help students explore how mathematical problem-solving can be applied to practical activities.
Term by term study:
|Year 8 – Low Attainer||Year 8 – High Attainer|
|Autumn 1||Number properties and calculations
Shapes and measures in 3D
|Factors and powers
Working with powers
Expressions and equations
|2D shapes and 3D solids
Real life graphs
|Spring 1||Decimal calculations
Fractions, decimals and percentages
|Spring 2||Number properties||Constructions and loci|
Fractions and percentages
Scale drawings and measures
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. Students are offered additional support in after school sessions and consistently encouraged to speak to their teachers if they have any questions and/or require further help.
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.
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.
School login – allertongrange
Pupil login – Forename (all lowercase with a capital first letter)
Pupil password – (pupil date of birth written in the following format) dd/mm/yyyy