Mathematics: Years 7-9

The Mathematics programme in Years 7, 8 and 9 follows the English National Curriculum.  It forms the basis for Mathematics at IGCSE level.  There are four attainment targets:


Using and applying mathematics, communicating mathematically and reasoning are taught throughout Years 7, 8 and 9.  Students are regularly set problem solving activities involving practical tasks or real-life problems, which pose a challenge and allow students to develop and use their own strategies to reach a solution.  Spreadsheets are also covered, using computers.  Students develop both calculator and non-calculator skills.

For each topic, the work set is differentiated according to ability.  There are 3 lessons and 2 homeworks each week.  Students' progress is closely monitored and feedback is given continually throughout each term.  There are short topic tests after each chapter and an end-of-year test in June.

Pupils are expected to bring their own equipment to every Mathematics lesson: pen, pencil, rubber, ruler, scientific calculator (not graphical), protractor and compass. 

Students use the National Curriculum Mathematics STP books 7A, 8A and 9A by Bostock, Chandler, Shepherd and Smith.  The topics covered are outlined below:

Year 7

  • Addition and subtraction; place value; rounding.
  • Multiplying and dividing; order of operations.
  • Collecting and displaying data.
  • Factors; multiples; prime numbers; indices; sequences.
  • Fractions; decimals; percentages; fractions of quantities.
  • Addition and subtraction of fractions and decimals.
  • Multiplication and division of decimals.
  • Metric and Imperial units.
  • Acute, obtuse and reflex angles; angle rules with parallel lines.
  • Lines of symmetry; rotational symmetry; planes of symmetry.
  • Triangles and quadrilaterals.
  • Probability.
  • Area and perimeter.
  • Coordinates and straight line graphs.
  • Algebra, formulas, equations and negative numbers.
  • Solids; volumes.
  • Pie charts.

Year 8

  • Positive and negative indices, standard form, significant figures.
  • Probability.
  • Multiplication and division of fractions.
  • Fractions and percentages; percentage increase and decrease.
  • Simplifying ratios; direct proportion.
  • Polygons; sum of the interior angles and exterior angles.
  • Areas of triangles and parallelograms; square roots.
  • Scatter graphs; line of best fit; positive and negative correlation.
  • Circumference and area of a circle.
  • Formulas; multiplication and division of directed numbers; substituting; sequences.
  • Reflections, translations and rotations.
  • Linear equations; forming and solving linear inequalities.
  • Straight line and curved graphs.
  • Solving equations and simultaneous equations.
  • Volumes.
  • Enlargement and scale drawing; bearings.
  • Pythagoras' theorem.
  • Travel graphs; speed, distance and time.

Year 9

  • Fractions and decimals.
  • Probability, tree diagrams.
  • Percentages; compound and simple interest.
  • Ratio; direct and inverse proportion.
  • Algebra; expanding, factorising, manipulating algebraic fractions.
  • Inequalities.
  • Constructing formulas; substituting; nth term of a sequence.
  • Simultaneous and quadratic equations.
  • Areas: prisms, circle sectors.
  • Volumes: trapezium, prisms.
  • Transformations; similar figures.
  • Trigonometry: finding missing sides and angles.
  • Loci.
  • Angle rules in circles.

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