Students follow the national curriculum throughout Key Stage 3 and 4. This is designed for students to be stretched and challenged and ensures problem-solving, fluency and reasoning questions are involved in all lessons. Students are given strategies to approach problem-solving questions, for example using bar modelling. There are also real-life contextualised questions to help students explore how mathematical problem-solving can be applied to practical activities.
Term by term study:
|Year 9 – Foundation||Year 9 – Higher|
|Autumn 1||Number properties
|Autumn 2||Algebraic expressions||Algebraic expressions and equations
|Spring 1||Graphs, tables and charts
Fractions and percentages
|Interpreting and representing data
Fractions, ratio and percentages
|Spring 2||Equations and inequalities
Averages and range
|Linear and quadratic graphs
Cubic and reciprocal graphs
|Summer 2||Perimeter, area and volume||Area and volume
Students are encouraged to become independent and resilient learners. As well as providing opportunities to develop their Mathematical skills in the areas of Algebra, Data, Number, Shape and Probability, we also work on other skills in the classroom such as teamwork, leadership and thinking skills, as well as regular peer and self-assessment. Students are offered additional support in after school sessions and consistently encouraged to speak to their teachers if they have any questions and/or require further help. Year 9 students are entered for their exams in two tiers of entry: Higher and Foundation.
Homework is set on a weekly basis and this usually takes the form of either a green sheet of paper or on the MathsWatch website, with questions based on work completed that week in class or on previous topics studied.
Students have access to the MathsWatch website https://vle.mathswatch.co.uk - a very useful tool for them to enhance their skills and plug gaps in knowledge. It is recommended that students log in to this on a regular basis.
Pupil login – Username@allertongrange (students are given their username at the start of the year)
Pupil password – (pupil date of birth written in the following format) dd/mm/yyyy