In the first term, up to mid-October, Year 7 students will be taught in their tutor groups. At the end of this short period of 6 weeks, there will be a 1 hour test (in classes) and new setting arrangements will then be made using available assessment data (test results, KS2 results and teacher assessment during the first term) to place students in groups that are setted by ability. During the year, new test results will provide evidence for further set moves according to students progress.
All groups will then follow a scheme of work supported by the Collins New Maths Frameworking textbooks. The program is enhanced by periodic rich Mathematic activities consistent with the new Key Stage 3 curriculum and Functional Maths activities the purpose of which is to accelerate learning by delivering Mathematics in a stimulating, challenging and enriching environment. Students are encouraged to develop their personal thinking skills and reflect on the ways in which maths is encountered in everyday life.
Six units of work are studied during the year. Progress is assessed by continuous teacher assessment plus a formal test at the end of each unit. These assessments provide evidence for student tracking and movement between ability groups. Students are formally assessed at the end of the school year.
Year 7 course outline: Most students will be working at levels 4 and 5 and looking to achieve a level 5 at the end of the year.
TERM 1 – Transition unit (from primary to secondary maths). Algebra 1 (sequences, rules, functions and mappings). Number 1 (decimals, estimating and directed numbers).
TERM 2 - Number 2 (fractions, decimals and percentages, four rules of fractions) Statistics 1 (averages, statistical diagrams, probability). Algebra 2 (algebraic terms and expressions,
simplifying expressions, using formulae and solving equations).
TERM 3 – Geometry 1 (lines, angles and coordinates). Statistics 2 (data collection and interpretation). Number 3 (rounding and estimation, BODMAS, long multiplication and division, efficient calculations).
TERM 4 – Algebra 3 (square numbers and square roots, equations and graphs of straight lines). Geometry 2 and 3 (length, perimeter, area of 2D shapes and surface area of 3D shapes, constructing angles and triangles). Number 4 (percentages, ratio and proportion).
TERM 5 – Algebra 4 (solving linear equations). Geometry 4 (symmetry, reflections, rotations, translations). Statistics 3 (pie charts, data surveys, probability).
TERM 6 – Number 5 (adding subtracting multiplying and dividing decimals, fractions and percentages of amounts). Algebra 5 (solving equations, using formulae, further graphs). Geometry 5 (polygons, tessellations, 3D shapes and nets).
Quick and accurate recall of their times table up top 10 x 10 is still an important skill for students at this stage. Constant practice is needed to embed this knowldege. For quick practice go to TIMES TABLE
Homework is set weekly for all students. Every other week homework will take the form of an online exercise which is marked immediately and monitored by teachers. The type of written homework set is varied, and could take the form of an investigation, creation of a powerpoint, creation of bank of questions, though more often homework will be designed to ensure that students have the opportunity to practise and consolidate the concepts developed in class. Homework is marked and graded, and students will be given feedback on what they need to do to improve and make further progress in the subject.