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Mathematics

 

“Numbers are the highest degree of knowledge. It is knowledge itself.”  – Plato

Mathematics equips pupils with uniquely powerful ways to describe, analyse and change the world. It can stimulate moments of pleasure and wonder for all pupils when they solve a problem for the first time, discover a more elegant solution, or notice hidden connections.

Mathematics is all around us. At Bredon Hill Academy we aim to help pupils recognise this. Pupils will gain an insight into how the subject underpins many areas of life; from performing a search on Google to getting the best deal for car insurance.

In learning about mathematical concepts our pupils develop their logical thinking skills which will aid problem solving in all areas of life.

Key Stage 2

Using transitional data provided by the local First Schools and our own initial assessment data, Year 6 pupils are placed in ‘learning groups’. Throughout the year they work on the National Curriculum Programme of Study for Year 6. Pupils then take the KS2 National Curriculum Tests (SATs) in May. Results of these are received in July.

Pupils follow the National Curriculum (2014). Much emphasis is placed on pupils’ mental arithmetic skills as well as their ability to carry out more complex calculations without the use of a calculator. There is also an emphasis on problem solving.

Units covered throughout the year include:

Year 6

  • Numbers and the number system
  • Checking, approximating and estimating
  • Calculating
  • Calculating: division
  • Visualising and constructing
  • Exploring fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Investigating properties of shape
  • Calculating fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Algebraic proficiency: using formulae
  • Proportional reasoning
  • Pattern sniffing
  • Measuring space
  • Investigating angles
  • Solving equations and inequalities
  • Calculating space
  • Mathematical movement
  • Presentation of data
  • Measuring data

Key Stage 3

Pupils follow the 2014 National Curriculum, with an emphasis on building pupils’ problem solving and reasoning skills. Pupils are encouraged to work in a variety of ways e.g. in pairs, groups and individually.

Assessment is carried out throughout the year through classwork, homework and regular testing. Towards the end of Year 8 pupils sit a transition test ready for moving onto High School.

Units covered throughout the year include:

Year 7

  • Numbers and the number system
  • Calculating
  • Presentation of data
  • Measuring data
  • Checking, approximating and estimating
  • Counting and comparing
  • Visualising and constructing
  • Investigating properties of shapes
  • Algebraic proficiency: tinkering
  • Exploring fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Proportional reasoning
  • Pattern sniffing
  • Measuring space
  • Investigating angles
  • Calculating fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Solving equations and inequalities
  • Calculating space
  • Mathematical movement
  • Understanding risk

Year 8

  • Presentation of data
  • Measuring data
  • Numbers and the number system
  • Calculating
  • Visualising and constructing
  • Algebraic proficiency: tinkering
  • Exploring fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Proportional reasoning
  • Pattern sniffing
  • Investigating angles
  • Calculating fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Solving equations and inequalities
  • Calculating space
  • Algebraic proficiency: visualising
  • Understanding risk

 

The 2014 National Curriculum states:

“The expectation is that the majority of pupils will move through the programme of study at broadly the same pace. However, decisions about when to progress should always be based on the security of pupils’ understanding and their readiness to progress. Pupils who grasp concepts rapidly should be challenged through being offered rich and sophisticated problems before any acceleration through new content in preparation for key stage 4. Those who are not sufficiently fluent should consolidate their understanding, including through additional practice, before moving on.”

Further information of the key skills and essential knowledge needed by pupils to be working at the expected standard in each year can be found on the main Curriculum page of the website.

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