Senior School

Key Stage 3 Maths

 

S1 (Year 7)

Upon entry to the school boys will be taught in mixed ability groups for the first half term.  There will be an assessment before the October half term break and using this, the entrance test and MidYis data the boys will then be set according to their ability. The main resource is the SMP book 7C together with a corresponding practice book which is mainly used for homework. The core material covered is the same for all boys irrespective of set although pace and delivery will be tailored to the group.
The main themes in Y7 include:
 
  • Recap and extend pencil and paper techniques for the arithmetic of whole numbers, fractions and decimals
  • Consider the importance of the order in which a calculation should be carried out which is linked to efficient use of calculator
  • Introduce algebraic notation for describing sequences and solving simple equations
  • Reinforce concepts of shape, angle, area and perimeter
  • Explore a variety of simple techniques for data handling and display
Boys in set 1 will be entered for the Junior Maths Challenge at the start of the summer term. Some boys will also be selected to represent the school at the Sheffield Pop Maths Quiz.
 
Following the summer exams, time in class is largely given over to an extended piece of project work culminating with a quality final piece of display work. Last year the boys researched Rangoli patterns and produced their own.
 

S2 (Year 8)

Boys are placed into four ability sets based on their performance in the summer examinations, progress tests and teacher assessment. The main resources are Essential Maths book 8C for boys in sets 3 and 4 and Essential Maths book 8H for boys in sets 1 and 2. It should again be noted that the core material is common to all and is designed as a preparation for higher GCSE.
The main themes in Y8 include:
 
  • Extend algebra to include simplification of expressions, substitution into formulae and solving more types of equation
  • Link fractions, decimals and percentages and the associated calculations
  • Introduction to the arithmetic of negative numbers
  • Mensuration of the circle
  • Transformation geometry, tessellation and further geometrical reasoning
  • Further probability and data handling
Boys in set 1 will be entered for the Junior Maths Challenge at the start of the summer term. Some boys will also be selected to represent the school at the Sheffield Pop Maths Quiz.
 
Following the summer exams, time in class is largely given over to an extended piece of project work on tessellation. All boys produce a high quality final piece for display around the department.
 

S3 (Year 9)

Boys are placed into four ability sets based on their performance in the summer examinations, progress tests and teacher assessment. The main resources are Essential Maths book 9C for boys in sets 3 and 4 and Essential Maths book 9H for boys in sets 1 and 2. It should again be noted that the core material is common to all and is designed as a preparation for higher GCSE.
The main themes in Y9 include:
 
  • Further algebra including simultaneous equations, multiple brackets and inequalities
  • Volume, Loci and Pythagoras’ Theorem
  • Construction and interpretation of real life graphs
  • Methods for collection of and analysis of data
  • Gradient – Intercept form for the equation of a straight line
Boys in set 1 will be entered for the Intermediate Maths Challenge at the start of the Easter term. Some boys will also be selected to represent the school at the Sheffield Pop Maths Quiz.
 
Following the summer exams, time in class is largely given over to an extended piece of project work on Pascal’s triangle. All boys produce a high quality final piece for display around the department.

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