Subject Leader: Mr Oliver Quantrill

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What are we studying?

The Year 7 scheme of work is based upon the “Mymaths” textbooks, which link to the website. The topics covered, depending upon ability group, include Working with Decimals and Negative Numbers; Area, Perimeter and Volume; Basic Algebra; Fractions and Decimals; Use of Angles; Presentation of Data (Charts and Graphs); Percentages; Factors and Multiples; Averages; Sequences; Understanding BODMAS and how best to use our calculators; Probability; Shape and Constructions; Ratio and Proportion; Transformations; Co-ordinates and Graphs.

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?

At the beginning of the year students are placed into sets (1 to 6) using their National Curriculum Levels at KS2 as a rough guideline. Early in the year students are assessed by the Cognitive Ability Tests (CATs). At the October half term the sets are reviewed using both of these assessments and their performance on the first couple of topics. Sets are continually reviewed throughout the year, taking into account performance in class work, homework and topic assessments. 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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