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Mathematics

Intent 

“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.

The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately;
  • reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language;
  • can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and nonroutine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.

At Bredon Hill Academy, our intent, for all pupils throughout the school, is to develop these skills whilst understanding links between different areas of mathematics and making connections with other subjects.

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

Implementation 

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
  • Exploring fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Calculating with fractions
  • Mathematical movement
  • Exploring and calculating with decimals and percentages
  • Algebraic proficiency: using formulae/solving equations and inequalities
  • Proportional reasoning
  • Investigating angles
  • Pattern sniffing
  • Measuring space
  • Calculating space
  • Visualising and constructing
  • Investigating properties of shapes
  • 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 on to 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

Numeracy Ninjas

Numeracy Ninjas is a Key Stage 3 numeracy intervention designed to fill gaps in students’ basic mental calculation strategies and also to empower them with the numeracy skills and fluency required to fully access GCSE mathematics concepts when they move to Key Stage 4 study.

All pupils in KS3 at Bredon Hill Academy take part in Numeracy Ninjas as part of their studies – it is designed to enable pupils’ retrieval of numeracy concepts, promoting regular practice of prior knowledge.

Numeracy Ninjas is an enjoyable way to recap work and promotes an element of competition with pupils themselves and with other pupils. Each half term, there is an inter-house competition, together with Ninjas of the half term, nominated by class teachers. High achieving pupils can compete for Grand Ninja status.

Literacy

In order to successfully access the curriculum, pupils must understand key mathematical vocabulary – the importance of this is highlighted to pupils in lessons. Time is spent discussing new words as they arise and their meanings, together with looking at links to other everyday words that pupils use. During each topic, vocabulary introduced previously is revisited. The importance of spelling these words correctly is also emphasised. Pupils keep a glossary at the back of their classwork books and are encourage to add new words to this.

A list of keywords for both KS2 and KS3 can be found on the links below. Clearly, there will be much overlap between them.

KS2 Key Words

KS3 KEY WORDS

Extra-curricular Opportunities

As a department, we provide many extra-curricular activities to aid pupils’ learning. Some examples of these opportunities include:

  • Coding club
  • TT Rockstars Club
  • Girls Scrapbooking Club
  • UKMT Mathematical Challenges (Year 7 & 8)
  • Primary Maths Challenge (Year 6)
  • Chess Club
  • STEM visit to The Big Bang Fair at the NEC (Year 7 & 8)
  • Visits to Prince Henry’s High School and The DeMontfort School for workshops supporting More Able Gifted and Talented and Pupil Premium children.

Useful Websites

Numeracy Workout (Year 6)

Maths Workout (Year 7 & 8)

TT Rockstars

Mathswatch

Pupils will be provided with login details for these websites which will be recorded in their planners. 

Impact 

By the end of Year 8 at Bredon Hill Academy, pupils should be confident, resilient and competent mathematicians, equipped with the skills needed for their future mathematical journey.

As individuals and as a department, we are passionate about mathematics and in sharing this passion we hope to shape the mathematicians of the future. In doing so, we help children to see the importance of mathematics and its applications in life, as well as the enjoyment that mathematics can bring.

Further successes in mathematics

In 2018-19, 10 pupils took part in the UKMT Intermediate Maths Challenge, with one pupil scoring highly enough to proceed to the IMO Grey Kangaroo. This pupil achieved a certificate of merit.

In the same year, 70 pupils took part in the UKMT Junior Maths Challenge, with 3 Gold, 10 Silver and 16 Bronze certificates being awarded.

Further to this, 1 pupil proceeded to the Junior Kangaroo, achieving a certificate of qualification, and 1 pupil to the Junior Olympiad, achieving a certificate of merit.