# Ridgewood

## School # Mathematics

## Our Maths faculty have an inspiring vision which drives all they do: ‘teaching students Mathematics skills for life’.

Through the Mathematics Curriculum at Ridgewood School we support students to enjoy their mathematical education and leave us with the knowledge and skills to apply mathematics confidently in both their personal and academic lives. We believe that all students can achieve in mathematics and we want all students to experience the beauty and power of this universal language.

Our Mathematics Curriculum intentions are:

 To make our students fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, by providing them with enough opportunity to use and develop their mathematical knowledge and skills. Building a strong foundation on which to facilitate further study of the subject. To enable students to communicate and reason effectively as mathematicians, using a broad and sophisticated range of mathematical notation and language. To use students’ skills and knowledge to access a range of questions that challenge and improve their reasoning and problem solving skills. For students to develop a logical and methodical mind-set to solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems, with increasing sophistication. For our students to observe and be motivated by their success in the subject. To support our students to become reflective and proactive learners.

## Year 7

Year 7 Topics and Assessment

• Algebra (algebraic notation and forming expressions, simplifying algebra, substitution, expanding and factorising, forming and solving equations, forming and solving equations including inequalities, sequences)
• Number (fractions, fractions of an amount, arithmetic with fractions, number theory, percentages, ratio, written calculations, rounding and approximation)
• Geometry (angles, angles in parallel line and constructions, volume, Pythagoras’ theorem)
• Data handling (charts and averages)

Students will be assessed in Weeks 6, 18 and 30 of the school year, as well as completing independent learning assignments.

Useful websites

To further support your child in Maths, you can remind him/her of the importance of having the correct equipment: pen, pencil, 30cm ruler, protractor, compass and a scientific calculator if possible. It would also be beneficial to students if they were encouraged to complete homework to a high standard using either revision guides or the websites above to support them.

## Year 8

Year 8 Topics and Assessment

 Foundation Tier Higher Tier Integers and place value Calculations, checking and rounding Decimals Indices, roots, reciprocals and hierarchy of operations Indices, powers and roots Factors, multiples, primes, standard form and surds Factors, multiples and primes Algebra: the basics, setting up, rearranging and solving equations Algebra: the basics Sequences Expressions and substitution into formulae Averages and range Tables, charts and graphs Representing and interpreting data and scatter graphs Pie charts Fractions and percentages Scatter graphs Ratio and proportion Fractions, decimals and percentages Polygons, angles and parallel lines Percentages Pythagoras’ Theorem and trigonometry Equations and inequalities Sequences Properties of shapes, parallel lines and angle facts Interior and exterior angles of polygons

Students will be assessed in Weeks 7, 19 and 31 of the school year.

Useful websites

To further support your child in Maths, you can remind him/her of the importance of having the correct equipment: pen, pencil, 30cm ruler, protractor, compass and a scientific calculator if possible. It would also be beneficial to students if they were encouraged to complete homework to a high standard using either revision guides or the websites above to support them.

## Year 9

Year 9 Topics and Assessment

 Foundation Tier Higher Tier Integers and place value Calculations, checking and rounding Decimals Indices, roots, reciprocals and hierarchy of operations Indices, powers and roots Factors, multiples, primes, standard form and surds Factors, multiples and primes Algebra: the basics, setting up, rearranging and solving equations Algebra: the basics Sequences Expressions and substitution into formulae Averages and range Tables, charts and graphs Representing and interpreting data and scatter graphs Pie charts Fractions and percentages Scatter graphs Ratio and proportion Fractions, decimals and percentages Polygons, angles and parallel lines Percentages Pythagoras’ Theorem and trigonometry Equations and inequalities Graphs: the basics and real-life graphs Properties of shapes, parallel lines and angle facts Linear graphs and coordinate geometry Interior and exterior angles of polygons Quadratic, cubic and other graphs Statistics, sampling and the averages Perimeter, area and circles Right-angled triangles: Pythagoras and trigonometry 3D forms and volume, cylinders, cones and spheres Real-life graphs Straight-line graphs

Students will be assessed in Weeks 8, 20 and 32 of the school year.

Useful websites

To further support your child in Maths, you can remind him/her of the importance of having the correct equipment: pen, pencil, 30cm ruler, protractor, compass and a scientific calculator if possible. It would also be beneficial to students if they were encouraged to complete homework to a high standard using either revision guides or the websites above to support them.

## KS4

At GCSE, students follow the Edexcel Mathematics GCSE specification for Higher tier and OCR Mathematics GCSE specification for Foundation tier.

The KS4 maths curriculum builds on the skills learnt at KS3. Year 10 and 11 follow a scheme of learning which introduces new topics based on the tier of exam the students are sitting (Foundation or Higher) while practising and furthering the key skills taught at KS3.

Exam revision guides and workbooks are available in the School Shop.

The Higher Edexcel Mathematics paper (9-4) is assessed with 100% examination at the end of Year 11:

Paper 1 – 90 mins – Non Calculator

Paper 2 – 90 mins – Calculator

Paper 3 – 90 mins – Calculator

• The full specification for Higher tier can be found at:

https://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/GCSE/mathematics/2015/specification-and-sample-assesment/gcse-maths-2015-specification.pdf

The Foundation OCR Mathematics paper (5-1) is assessed with 100% examination at the end of Year 11:

Paper 1 – 90 mins – Calculator

Paper 2 – 90 mins – Non Calculator

Paper 3 – 90 mins – Calculator

• The full specification for Foundation tier can be found at:

https://www.ocr.org.uk/Images/168982-specification-gcse-mathematics.pdf

Year 10 Topics and Assessment

 Foundation Tier Higher Tier Perimeter, area and volume Accuracy and bounds Transformations Transformations Ratio Constructions, loci and bearings Proportion Solving quadratic and simultaneous equations Probability Inequalities Multiplicative reasoning – Compound Units Probability Multiplicative reasoning – extended percentage and proportion Multiplicative reasoning Plans and elevations Similarity and congruence in 2D and 3D Constructions, loci and bearings Graphs of trigonometric functions Probability Further trigonometry Multiplicative reasoning – compound units Collecting data Multiplicative reasoning – extended percentage and proportion Cumulative frequency, box plots and histograms Plans and elevations Quadratics, expanding more than two brackets, sketching graphs, graphs of circles, cubes and quadratics Constructions, loci and bearings Circle theorems Quadratic equations: expanding and factorising Circle geometry Quadratic equations: graphs Changing the subject of formulae (more complex), algebraic fractions, solving equations arising from algebraic fractions, rationalising surds, proof Circles, cylinders, cones and spheres Vectors and geometric proof Fractions and reciprocals Reciprocal and exponential graphs; Gradient and area under graphs Indices and standard form Direct and inverse proportion Similarity and congruence in 2D Vectors Rearranging equations, graphs of cubic and reciprocal functions and simultaneous equations

Students will be assessed in Weeks 8, 20 and 36/37 of the school year.

Year 11 Topics and Assessment

Throughout Year 11, student will recap and revise the topics detailed above, with the curriculum bespoke to the needs of each class. Students will prepare rigorously for their GCSE examinations which take place in the summer term.

Home learning details and how parents can support their children:

• Ensure all students have pen, pencil, ruler, protractor, compass and scientific calculator.
• Ensure students complete weekly homework
• Encourage students to do revision at home. Workbooks with accompanying revision guides are available at the school shop.
• During KS4 students are preparing for their GCSE at the end of Year 11 so it would be very beneficial to their mathematical studies if parents encouraged students to revise using past papers, previous assessments and other questions for about 20 minutes, five times per week.