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The Mathematics programme in Years 7, 8 and 9 follows the English National Curriculum.  It forms the basis for Mathematics at IGCSE level.  

The areas of study are:
  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Ratio, proportion and rates of change
  • Geometry and measures
  • Probability
  • Statistics

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 tests after each half-term  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 'Essential Mathematics' books 7H, 8H and 9H by David Rayner.  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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