       'I can do all things with the help of God who strengthens me.' Philippians (4:13) Mathematics Approach to Teaching

The Mathematics department at Saint Edmund’s uses a variety of techniques to guide students through their learning. We support a wide range of teaching styles but students can still expect to see several things each lesson; Modelling – Mathematics teachers will typically model their thought process and approach to any new problem. Clearly explaining their method and involving students in discussions about necessary next steps.

Mini-whiteboards – within each class there is a set of whiteboards that students will use to demonstrate understanding and progress to their class teacher. This feedback can take many forms but is the basis of enabling our teachers to identify any misunderstandings and target support appropriately.

Key Stage 3 (Year 7 - 9) The Saint Edmund’s KS3 curriculum builds upon the excellent teaching and progress students receive from our primary feeder schools. It aims to push the students to achieve above traditional expectations, moving learners who are broadly in line with the age related expectations to learners who are above age related expectations. We ensure that the entire K3 curriculum is delivered at the appropriate level for each learner. You can see the scheme of work which we follow in the KS3 Curriculum Map.

Year 7 – Spring Term

The first half of this term pupils will be learning about Fractions, percentages and decimals as well as Probability.

Within Fractions, percentages and decimals, they will learn how to convert between fractions, decimals and percentages as well as how to order them. They will also learn how to calculate with fractions and mixed numbers, find a percentage increases and decreases with and without a multiplier. Finally, they will be learning about the probability of events happening both theoretical and experimental.

The second half of this term pupils will be learning about Proportional reasoning and graphs.

They will be learning about sharing amounts in a given ratio as well as simplifying ratios. Some will learn how to scale up recipes and calculate the best cost of an item. Finally, they will be learning how to plot different linear graphs, and some will be learning how to plot quadratic and cubic graphs.

With all the topics the pupils will be applying their knowledge to problem solving, applying it to real life scenarios and cross curricular.

Year 8 – Spring Term

The first half of this term pupils build upon the Year 7 spring term topics of Fractions, percentages and decimals as well as Probability.

They will consolidate Year 7 skills and then understand interest rates and some will be able to find the original amount after a percentage change. Finally, they will be learning about the probability of events happening both theoretical and experimental, some will learn about probability trees.

The second half of this term pupils build upon the Year 7 spring term topics of Proportional reasoning and graphs.

They will be learning about how to scale up recipes, calculate the best cost of an item and proportion. Some will learn about proportion in more depth with looking at indirect proportion. Finally, they will be learning how to plot different linear, quadratic and cubic graphs. Some will be able to derive the equation of a linear graph, plot harder quadratic graphs and solve simultaneous equations graphically.

With all the topics the pupils will be applying their knowledge to problem solving, applying it to real life scenarios and cross curricular.

Key Stage 4 (Year 10 - 11)

Exam board: Edexcel

Specification: 1MA1

Tiers of entry: Higher and Foundation

Exam: 3 papers, each 33.3% of total grade. 1 paper completed without a calculator, 2 completed with a calculator.

All the content within the specification is covered to the appropriate level of the students, whether they are Foundation or Higher tier students. Typically, the final half-terms of Year 11 are spent using high quality exam preparation resources and supporting revision.

The overview of topics taught, beginning in Year 10, can be found below:

Foundation:

 Unit Title Estimated hours 1 a Integers and place value 3 b Decimals 4-5 c Indices, powers and roots 4 d Factors, multiples and primes 3 2 a Algebra: the basics 4 b Expressions and substitution into formulae 3 3 a Tables, charts and graphs 8 b Pie charts 3 c Scatter graphs 2 4 a Fractions, decimals and percentages 8 b Percentages 4 5 a Equations and inequalities 8 b Sequences 3 6 a Properties of shapes, parallel lines and angle facts 6 b Interior and exterior angles of polygons 3 7 Statistics, sampling and the averages 6 8 Perimeter, area and volume 6 9 a Real-life graphs 5 b Straight-line graphs 4 10 Transformations 5 11 a Ratio 5 b Proportion 4 12 Right-angled triangles: Pythagoras and trigonometry 6 13 Probability 10 14 Multiplicative reasoning 7 15 a Plans and elevations 2 b Constructions, loci and bearings 7 16 a Quadratic equations: expanding and factorising 5 b Quadratic equations: graphs 4 17 Circles, cylinders, cones and spheres 6 18 a Fractions and reciprocals 5 b Indices and standard form 5 19 a Similarity and congruence in 2D 7 b Vectors 7 20 Rearranging equations, graphs of cubic and reciprocal functions and simultaneous equations 5

Higher

 Unit Title Estimated hours 1 a Calculations, checking and rounding 2 b Indices, roots, reciprocals and hierarchy of operations 2 c Factors, multiples, primes, standard form and surds 6 2 a Algebra: the basics, setting up, rearranging and solving equations 8 b Sequences 3 3 a Averages and range 4 b Representing and interpreting data and scatter graphs 5 4 a Fractions and percentages 7 b Ratio and proportion 4 5 a Polygons, angles and parallel lines 3 b Pythagoras’ Theorem and trigonometry 5 6 a Graphs: the basics and real-life graphs 4 b Linear graphs and coordinate geometry 4 c Quadratic, cubic and other graphs 4 7 a Perimeter, area and circles 5 b 3D forms and volume, cylinders, cones and spheres 6 c Accuracy and bounds 3 8 a Transformations 4 b Constructions, loci and bearings 5 9 a Solving quadratic and simultaneous equations 8 b Inequalities 2 10 Probability 7 11 Multiplicative reasoning 7 12 Similarity and congruence in 2D and 3D 6 13 a Graphs of trigonometric functions 3 b Further trigonometry 7 14 a Collecting data 1 b Cumulative frequency, box plots and histograms 7 15 Quadratics, expanding more than two brackets, sketching graphs, graphs of circles, cubes and quadratics 10 16 a Circle theorems 5 b Circle geometry 2 17 Changing the subject of formulae (more complex), algebraic fractions, solving equations arising from algebraic fractions, rationalising surds, proof 12 18 Vectors and geometric proof 6 19 a Reciprocal and exponential graphs; Gradient and area under graphs 6 b Direct and inverse proportion 3

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