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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.

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.

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

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.

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
  • Rubik’s Cube 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.

International Links

The ‘Cultural Detectives’ are a group of twelve year seven students involved in a coding project. The project has been carried out in collaboration with a school in Poland which teaches English as a foreign language. During the project, pupils have been involved in decoding a range of messages sent from the school, allowing the Year 7 students to acquire knowledge about the partner school from Poland and learn other important facts about the country e.g. food and landmarks. This learning through coding builds on problem solving and analytical skills amongst pupils. The focus being on a different type of code each term e.g. Morse, Cipher.

The 'Cultural Detectives' also helped arrange a coding orienteering activity for the Austrian visit last summer.

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 

KS2 results for mathematics

 

 2016

 2017

 2018

Expected Standard

Average Scaled Score

Progress Score

52%

100

-4.2

60%

101.7

-4.1

74%

103.9

-2.1

 

Year 6 Baseline to End of Year 8 GL Assessments

Results of GL Assessment for the 2015-18 cohort are given below:

Attainment at end of Year 8:

96% working at or above ARE.

86% PP working at or above ARE (Cohort 21) 18/21.

Progress from entry to exit:

99% expected progress, 72% above expected.

100% PP expected progress, 61% above expected (Cohort 18).

100% SEN expected progress, 88% above expected (Cohort 8).

 

Further successes in mathematics

In 2017-18, 10 pupils took part in the UKMT Intermediate Maths Challenge, with one pupil scoring highly enough to proceed to the IMO Kangaroo.

In the same year, 70 pupils took part in the UKMT Junior Maths Challenge, with 7 Gold, 10 Silver and 21 Bronze certificates being awarded.

Further to this, 2 pupils proceeded to the Junior Kangaroo and 1 pupil to the Junior Olympiad.