Subject Leader: Mr Oliver Quantrill

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What are we studying?

The Year 8 scheme of work is based upon the “New Maths Frameworking” textbooks. The topics covered, depending upon ability group, include Calculating with Negative Numbers, Powers and Sequences; Calculating Angles; Probability; Fractions, Decimals and Percentages; Simplifying Algebra; Circles and Prisms; Functions and Graphs; Powers and Standard Form; Calculating with  Decimals & Estimation; Transformations; Solving Equations; Interpreting Data (Charts and Graphs), Fractions, Decimals & BODMAS

How are we assessed?

Each topic lasts for approximately 2 – 3 weeks. At the end of the topic the students will be provided with a revision task and then they complete an assessment in class under test conditions. For each assessment students will be given a level and this will be compared to their target level to measure progress and performance.

In addition, in the Summer term students sit an end-of-year examination which includes all the topics covered during the year.

How are we grouped?

Students continue to be in sets (1 to 6), regularly reviewed throughout the year, taking into account performance and attitude in class work, homework, topic assessments and end-of-year exams. Students are moved accordingly.

What homework are we expected to do?

Students will be set homework each week; this will be shown on Show My Homework. Each student is issued with a homework book, from which most of the homework is set. Other homework could be revision, research or use of the mymaths website.

What can parents do to help?

Please ensure that students have all the correct mathematical equipment, including a scientific calculator (this is available for purchase in school at a subsidy); help with the homework and do so in the student’s book so that we can see; encourage them to use notes in their exercise books from the previous lessons and to show all their working out clearly; encourage them to use as a support tool or as additional practice of a topic that they are finding difficult; ensure that they revise fully the night before a topic test.

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