Porthcawl Comprehensive School / Ysgol Gyfun Porthcawl

Maths

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

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

  • 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: 1×8=8, 2×8=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

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