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Mathematics

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

They are a large and highly skilled faculty of staff who genuinely love maths, and who convey their love of the subject to all the students they teach. Comprising twelve staff with many years’ experience, the maths team focuses relentlessly on enabling students to understand the kind of maths which they will use for the rest of their lives, and ensuring that students’ confidence with numeracy is at the forefront of every lesson. All students study maths at both KS3 and KS4, along with a significant number choosing to carry on with the subject at post-16. The faculty are also actively involved in our Year 6 Transition Week, meaning that students’ primary school maths skills never dip.

In their maths lessons, students are encouraged to solve problems for themselves, and to become learners who can draw on all their knowledge of numbers and mathematical processes to understand why they get the answers they do. They focus on applying maths to real life scenarios across a wide range of topics, and are always stretched to increase their knowledge by being given challenging next steps.

The faculty prides itself on being organised, dedicated and hard-working, and teaching lessons which make students think at all times. Consequently, the results achieved by the Maths faculty are extremely impressive, and mean that students leave Ridgewood equipped with the mathematical skills and knowledge they require for the next step in their education or career. As well as success in examinations, the faculty consider it essential that students enjoy maths beyond the classroom and annually enter students for the UK Maths Challenge, aiming to win a bronze, silver or gold certificate for their mathematical skills.

 Year 7

Week

Unit

Topic

Extra Detail

1

EXAM

Y7 Mock 1

 

2

DIRT

Review Week

 

3

1

Place value, decimals and using scales.

 

4

1

Place value, decimals and using scales.

 

5

2

Factors, multiples and primes.  HCF and LCM

 

6

2

Factors, multiples and primes.  HCF and LCM

 

7

3

Order of operations.

 

8

3

Order of operations.

Complete Topic Test based on Weeks 3-8

9

4

Four operations with integers and decimals.

 

10

4

Four operations with integers and decimals.

 

11

5

Understanding fractions

 

12

5

Understanding fractions

 

13

REVISION

REVISION

 

14

EXAM

Y7 Mock 2

 

15

DIRT

Review Week

 

16

6

Four operations with fractions.

 

17

6

Four operations with fractions.

 

18

7

Comparing and ordering fractions, decimals and integers including correct use of ≥, >, ≤, < and ≠

 

19

8

Simplify and manipulate algebra, solving equations, inequalities.

 

20

8

Simplify and manipulate algebra, solving equations, inequalities.

 

21

8

Simplify and manipulate algebra, solving equations, inequalities.

Complete Topic Test based on Weeks 9-21

22

8

Simplify and manipulate algebra, solving equations, inequalities.

 

23

9

Construct and interpret tables, charts and diagrams, including frequency tables, bar charts, pie charts, and pictograms for categorical data, and bar charts for numerical data.  Calculate mean, median, mode and range for ungrouped data.

 

24

9

Construct and interpret tables, charts and diagrams, including frequency tables, bar charts, pie charts, and pictograms for categorical data, and bar charts for numerical data.  Calculate mean, median, mode and range for ungrouped data.

 

25

10

Calculate and solve problems involving perimeters of 2D shapes, including circles. Use a calculator accurately and explore the answers correctly.

 

26

REVISION

REVISION

 

27

EXAM

Y7 Mock 3

 

28

DIRT

Review Week

 

29

10

Calculate and solve problems involving perimeters of 2D shapes, including circles.  Use a calculator accurately and explore the answers correctly.

 

30

11

Derive and apply formulae to calculate and solve problems involving perimeter and area of triangles, parallelograms and trapezia.

 

31

11

Derive and apply formulae to calculate and solve problems involving perimeter and area of triangles, parallelograms and trapezia.

 

32

12

Generate terms in a sequence using term to term or given nth term rules (both).

Complete Topic Test based on Weeks 22-32

33

13

Derive and illustrate properties of triangles, quadrilaterals, circles and other plane figures using appropriate language, symbols and technologies.

 

34

14

Derive and use the sum of angles in a triangle and use it to deduce the angle sum in any polygon, and to derive properties of regular polygons.

 

35

14

Derive and use the sum of angles in a triangle and use it to deduce the angle sum in any polygon, and to derive properties of regular polygons.

 

36

15

Understand and use the relationship between parallel lines and alternate and corresponding angles.

 

37

15

Understand and use the relationship between parallel lines and alternate and corresponding angles.

 

38

16

Coordinates in all 4 quadrants. Identify properties of, and describe the results of, translations, rotations and reflections applied to given figures.

 

39

16

Coordinates in all 4 quadrants. Identify properties of, and describe the results of, translations, rotations and reflections applied to given figures.

Complete Topic Test based on Weeks 33-39

Assessment schedule

End of topic assessments

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

Week

Unit

Topic

Extra Detail

1

EXAM

Y8 Mock 1

 

2

DIRT

Review Week

 

3

1

Understanding percentages

 

4

1

Understanding percentages

 

5

2

Fractions and percentages as operators

 

6

2

Fractions and percentages as operators

 

7

3

Ratio

 

8

 

Catch Up Week + Problem Solving

Complete Topic Test based on Weeks 3-8

9

3

Ratio

 

10

4

Powers and roots

 

11

6

Recap - simplify and manipulate algebra, solving equations

 

12

6

Recap - simplify and manipulate algebra, solving equations

 

13

REVISION

REVISION

 

14

EXAM

Y8 Mock 2

 

15

DIRT

Review Week

 

16

7

Plotting and Interpreting Graphs

 

17

7

Plotting and Interpreting Graphs

 

18

8

Introducing Probability

 

19

8

Introducing Probability

 

20

9

Circles and Compound Area

 

21

 

Catch Up Week + Problem Solving

Complete Topic Test Based on Weeks 9-21

22

9

Circles and Compound Area

 

23

10

3D Shapes, Capacity and Volume

 

24

10

3D Shapes, Capacity and Volume

 

25

11

Proportion

 

26

REVISION

REVISION

 

27

EXAM

Y8 Mock 3

 

28

DIRT

Review Week

 

29

11

Proportion

 

30

12

Right angled triangles

 

31

12

Right angled triangles

 

32

 

Catch Up Week + Problem Solving

Complete Topic Test based on Weeks 22-32

33

13

Constructions

 

34

14

Similarity and Congruence

 

35

14

Similarity and Congruence

 

36

15

Applied Graphs

 

37

15

Applied Graphs

 

38

16

Further Probability

 

39

16

Further Probability

Complete Topic Test based on Weeks 33-39

 

Assessment schedule

End of topic assessments

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 

Students at Ridgewood start their KS4 GCSE maths curriculum in Year 9 at Ridgewood.

Because of this, the scheme of work is split into Foundation and Higher. This is to better prepare students for the GCSE exams.

This scheme of work is a rough guide to enable parents to support their child with their studies at home. Content covered will vary within each topic based on the needs of the students in each class.

Foundation Scheme of Work

Week

Unit

Topic

Extra Detail

1

EXAM

Y9 Mock 1

 

2

DIRT

Review Week

 

3

1a

Integers and place value

 

4

1b

Decimals

 

5

1b

Decimals

 

6

1c

Indices, powers and roots

 

7

1d

Factors, multiples and primes

 

8

1d

Factors, multiples and primes

Complete Topic Test based on Weeks 3-8

9

2a

Algebra: the basics

 

10

2b

Expressions and substitution into formulae

 

11

2b

Expressions and substitution into formulae

 

12

3b

Pie charts

 

13

REVISION

REVISION

 

14

EXAM

Y9 Mock 2

 

15

DIRT

Review Week

 

16

3a

Tables, charts and graphs

 

17

3a

Tables, charts and graphs

 

18

3c

Scatter graphs

 

19

4a

Fractions, decimals and percentages

 

20

4a

Fractions, decimals and percentages

 

21

4b

Percentages

Complete Topic Test based on Weeks 9-21

22

4b

Percentages

 

23

5a

Equations and inequalities

 

24

5a

Equations and inequalities

 

25

5a

Equations and inequalities

 

26

REVISION

REVISION

 

27

EXAM

Y9 Mock 3

 

28

DIRT

Review Week

 

29

6a

Properties of shapes, parallel lines and angle facts

 

30

6a

Properties of shapes, parallel lines and angle facts

 

31

6b

Interior and exterior angles of polygons

 

32

6b

Interior and exterior angles of polygons

Complete Topic Test based on Weeks 22-32

33

7a

Statistics, sampling and the averages

 

34

7a

Statistics, sampling and the averages

 

35

9b

Straight-line graphs

 

36

12

Right-angled triangles: Pythagoras and trigonometry

 

37

12

Right-angled triangles: Pythagoras and trigonometry

 

38

 

Exam Based DIRT Time.

 

39

 

Exam Based DIRT Time.

Complete Topic Test based on Weeks 33-39

Higher Scheme of Work

Week

Unit

Topic

Extra Detail

1

EXAM

Y9 Mock 1

 

2

DIRT

Review Week

 

3

1a

Calculations, checking and rounding

 

4

1b

Indices, roots, reciprocals and hierarchy of operations

 

5

1b

Indices, roots, reciprocals and hierarchy of operations

 

6

1c

Factors, multiples, primes, standard form and surds

 

7

1c

Factors, multiples, primes, standard form and surds

 

8

1c

Factors, multiples, primes, standard form and surds

Complete Topic Test based on Weeks 3-8

9

2a

Algebra: the basics, setting up, rearranging and solving equations

 

10

2a

Algebra: the basics, setting up, rearranging and solving equations

 

11

2a

Algebra: the basics, setting up, rearranging and solving equations

 

12

2b

Sequences

 

13

REVISION

REVISION

 

14

EXAM

Y9 Mock 2

 

15

DIRT

Review Week

 

16

2b/3a

Sequences/ Averages and range

 

17

3a

Averages and range

 

18

3b

Representing and interpreting data and scatter graphs

 

19

4a

Fractions and percentages

 

20

4a

Fractions and percentages

 

21

4a

Fractions and percentages

Complete Topic Test based on Weeks 9-21

22

5a

Polygons, angles and parallel lines

 

23

5a

Polygons, angles and parallel lines

 

24

5b

Pythagoras’ Theorem and trigonometry

 

25

5b

Pythagoras’ Theorem and trigonometry

 

26

REVISION

REVISION

 

27

EXAM

Y9 Mock 3

 

28

DIRT

Review Week

 

29

6a

Graphs: the basics and real-life graphs

 

30

6a

Graphs: the basics and real-life graphs

 

31

6b

Linear graphs and coordinate geometry

 

32

6b

Linear graphs and coordinate geometry

Complete Topic Test based on Weeks 22-32

33

6c

Quadratic, cubic and other graphs

 

34

7a

Perimeter, area and circles

 

35

7a

Perimeter, area and circles

 

36

7b

3D forms and volume, cylinders, cones and spheres

 

37

7b

3D forms and volume, cylinders, cones and spheres

 

38

 

Exam Based DIRT Time.

 

39

 

Exam Based DIRT Time.

Complete Topic Test based on Weeks 33-39

Assessment schedule 

End of topic assessments

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.

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. The GCSE course is taught so students have an understanding of the key maths principles of Number, Ratio and Proportion, Algebra, Shape and Space, and Statistics. The new GCSE content is taught with a mixture of recall, problem solving and procedural questions, the emphasis being much more on the problem solving-style questions.
 
Exam revision guides and workbooks are available in the School Shop.
 
The Edexcel Mathematics paper (9-1) 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 can be found at:

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

 

Please use the “Contact Us” facility on this website if you would like any further information about the Mathematics scheme of learning.

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, 5 times per week.

Useful web links:

Students can access exam questions and practice on specific topics at the following websites:

These websites usually provide worked solutions. Students are encouraged to mark their work at home and then bring it in to school to ask their teacher for support on anything they have found challenging.

KS5 

More details of our A Level Maths courses can be found in the Sixth Form section of this website.

You can download the teaching timelines for Y12 and Y13 below.