Maths

In Years 7, 8 and 9 classes are set but all classes follow the same core syllabus completing work up to level 8 of the National Curriculum under the broad heading of Number, Algebra, Shape and Space and Data Handling together with a few higher topics. 

Organisation

Teaching and Learning involves a mixture of exposition, investigation (both on the computer and on paper) and practical work.  The girls are taught good practice in setting out their solutions.  Girls are encouraged to be competent in Mental Arithmetic, to use calculators with confidence and to develop their problem solving skills.  Algebra is the language of mathematics and its importance is stressed. 

The text books used are Mathematics Extension 7 for year 7; a mixture of Mathematics Extension 8 and Mathematics Core 8 for year 8; and a mixture of Mathematics Extension 9 and Mathematics Core 9 for Year 9. All are full of examples, investigations and problems to extend the ambitious mathematician.  Excel, Autograph, Geometers’ Sketchpad and Maths Now! are examples of  mathematical software which will be used to enhance the girls’ understanding.

Syllabus

Number work includes types of number, approximation, fractions, decimals, ratio, percentages, directed numbers, BODMAS, limits of accuracy, standard form, simple interest and money problems.  Algebra includes simplifying, substituting, formulae, linear equations, expanding brackets, factorising, quadratic equations, inequalities, graphs and transformation of formulae.  Shape and Space includes angles and angle facts, polygons, constructions, areas and volumes, symmetry, coordinates, transformations, scale drawings, Pythagoras and trigonometry.  Data Handling introduces collecting and organising data, interpreting graphs, drawing statistical diagrams, averages, grouped frequency distributions and probability.

Mathematical Vocabulary Encountered in Year 7

Solve

Scalene

Mean

Range

Evaluate

Isosceles

Median

Alternate

Simplify  

Equilateral

Mode 

Corresponding

Factor

Acute

Congruence

Prime

Multiple          

Obtuse          

Frequency      

Reciprocal

BODMA

Reflex

Probability

Interior

Percentage

 

 

 

Differentiation 

All pupils are given extension work to move on to if they finish their class work.  Maths clinics take place after school and in the lunch hour to support girls seeking help on a specific topic.

Extra-curricular Activities

Maths notice boards contain articles of interest, revision material and examples of the girls’ work.  Some girls in Year 9 have the opportunity to attend the Royal Institution Mathematics Masterclasses - a series of Saturday morning lectures intended for this age group.  All girls at Key Stage 3 have the opportunity to take part in National Mathematical Challenges which are one hour multiple choice tests where the school has an excellent track record of success.  Years 7 – 9 provide one member of a school mathematics team which competes against other schools in the Hans Woyda competition. 

Homework and Assessment

Homework often consists of examples to consolidate the ideas met in class.  Extension work is set where appropriate.  Tests are set regularly and a summer examination.