Porthcawl Comprehensive School / Ysgol Gyfun Porthcawl

Mathematics

Miss E Pugh (Head of Department and Head of the Faculty of Maths, ICT & Electronics)

Key Stage 3

Year 7

Term 1

Fractions, Decimals, Percentages
Angles 0º to 360º; acute, obtuse, reflex
Area and perimeter
Rectangles, triangles and parallelograms
Includes compound shapes
Angles on a straight line; at a point; vertically opposite
Angles of a triangle; equilateral/isosceles
Mean, median, mode of discrete data
Interpret graphs/diagrams; pictograms; pie charts

Term 2

Algebra Notation, HCF and LCM – Factors and prime numbers, Prime factors
Ratio
Venn diagrams
Simple algebraic equations
Scale 0-1, words of probability
Fractions +/-

Term 3

Nth term of a sequence
Co-ordinates in 4 quadrants


Numeracy topics are studied throughout the year by multi-stage problem solving. Questions are:
- Division
- Long multiplication
- Negative numbers
- Probability
- Quality of written communication
- Ratio
- Time


During the course of the year we work towards improving standards in procedural and reasoning Government tests by way of starters and concentrating on problem solving questions.



Year 8

Term 1 Intermediate - Syllabus A (Set 1/2/3)

Multiplying and dividing decimals
BODMAS
Using a calculator
Percentages and ratio
Perimeter, area, volume and density
Interior and exterior angles of a polygon
Co-ordinates and plotting graphs

Term 1 Foundation - Syllabus B (Set 4/5)

Multiplying and dividing by 10, 100, 1000 etc
Long multiplication and division (Numeracy)
Simplifying algebraic expressions, expanding single brackets, substitution and simple equations/inequalities
Probability
Pie charts/scatter graphs/line graphs/revise pie charts
Negative numbers

Term 2 Intermediate - Syllabus A (Set 1/2/3)

Number patterns and finding the nth term
Equations
Grouped frequency diagrams, frequency polygons, estimated mean and scatter graphs
Fractions
Probability trees
Solving inequalities

Term 2 Foundation - Syllabus B (Set 4/5)

Perimeter, area and volume
Enlarge with whole number scale factor
Reflective and rotational symmetry
Angles on parallel lines
Polygons
Tessellations/congruent shapes
Converting between decimals, fractions and percentages
Understand compound interest
Percentage increase, decrease/use ratio
Co-ordinates
Bearings

Term 3 Intermediate - Syllabus A (Set 1/2/3)

Unit conversion
Multiplying, dividing and zero indices
Angles to parallel lines
Travel graphs

Term 3 Foundation - Syllabus B (Set 4/5)

Grouped data
Mean/median/mode/range grouped data
Sequences


Numeracy topics are studied throughout the year by multi-stage problem solving. Questions are:
- Money
- Fractions/decimals/percentages
- Using a calculator
- Shape and space
- Probability
- Time and time zones
- Quality of written communication


During the course of the year we work towards improving standards in procedural and reasoning Government tests by way of starters and concentrating on problem solving questions.



Year 9

Term 1 Higher (Set 1/2)

Cumulative frequency
Box and whisker graphs
Stratified sampling
Standard form
Product of prime factors
Rounding, upper and lower bounds
Co-ordinates, graph work and solving equations from graphs
Pythagoras theorem

Term 1 Intermediate (Set 3/4)

Cumulative frequency
Box and whisker graphs
Rounding, upper and lower bounds
Estimation
Pythagoras theorem
Reverse percentage
Compound and simple interest

Term 2 Higher (Set 1/2)

Trigonometry - right angled only
Reverse percentage
Compound interest
Fractions
Simultaneous equations
Transformations

Term 2 Intermediate (Set 3/4)

Simultaneous equations
Transformations
Loci
Co-ordinates and graph work

Term 3 Higher (Set 1/2)

Similar triangles
Loci
Algebra – change the subject
Rational and irrational numbers
Indices and surds

Term 3 Intermediate (Set 3/4)

Standard form
Trigonometry


Numeracy topics are studied throughout the year by multi-stage problem solving. Questions are:
- Bearings and loci
- Formulae
- Money
- Ratio
- Shape and space
- Percentage and fractional change
- Comparing and analysing data from tables


During the course of the year we work towards improving standards in procedural and reasoning Government tests by way of starters and concentrating on problem solving questions.


Ways in which parents can help:

  1. Year 7 pupils need to learn their times tables in the following fashion: 1x8=8, 2x8=16... up to the 12 times table.
  2. Year 7 pupils must show their workings out to all questions.
  3. Year 7 pupils should look in their book at worked examples to help them with class work and homework.
  4. Practice times tables with pupils at home.
  5. Practice basic numeracy and mental maths around the home and shopping e.g. money.
  6. Encourage pupils to use the school resource centre at home.
  7. Check pupils' books regularly for progress comments and completion of work. Do the basics and check for good mental arithmetic (knowledge of tables) and when shopping etc working out best out purchases and discounts advertised in shops.
  8. If the pupil has fallen behind or stuck on a topic to encourage pupil to attend extra help session on a Thursday lunchtime with nominated teacher; Alternatively arrange a time with classroom teacher.

Useful websites:

  1. Hwb+
  2. BBC Bitesize
  3. Woodlands Primary School (basic numeracy)
  4. United Kingdom Mathematics Trust

Useful books/magazines/publications:

  1. Any KS3 mathematic books/revision guides
  2. Any logical puzzle books e.g. Sudoku
  3. KS3 text books Exploring maths
  4. There are good maths games on the market such as Big Brain Training

For up to date information on KS4 and 5 courses, please see the Options Booklets

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