Mrs L Rawsthorne Subject Leader for Maths
Mrs H Banks Assistant Subject Leader for Maths
Mr M Livingstone Teacher of Maths (and Assistant Head Teacher)
Mr G Massey Teacher of Maths
Miss L Priestley Teacher of Maths
Mr C Scrivener Teacher of Maths
Mrs M Brown Teacher of Maths
Mr D Singleton Teacher of Maths (and Director of Intervention and Study Support)
Mrs D Brown Maths Department Teaching Assistant
Introduction to Key Stage 3 Maths
Mathematics is an important creative discipline that helps us to understand and change the world. We want all students at Hutton to experience the beauty and power of mathematics and develop a sense of curiosity and enjoyment about the subject.
At Hutton, we foster positive ‘can do’ attitudes and logical thinking through the teaching and learning of mathematics. We broaden students’ knowledge and understanding of mathematics and aim for all pupils to enjoy, achieve and recognise themselves as mathematicians.
We aim that all students:
- Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics so that they develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
- Can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of problems with increasing sophistication, including unfamiliar contexts and to model real-life scenarios.
- Can reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry and develop and present a justification, argument or proof using mathematical language.
Topics students will study
Topics studied will be similar across Key Stage 3 but will be covered in more depth as students progress through the school as appropriate to their year group and level of progress.
Topics covered during Year 7 include:
- Number and the number system
- Counting and comparing
- Visualising and constructing
- Investigating properties of shapes
- Algebraic proficiency
- Exploring fractions, decimals and percentages
- Proportional reasoning
- Measuring space
- Investigating angles
- Calculating fractions, decimals and percentages
- Solving equations and inequalities
- Calculating space
- Checking, approximating and estimating
- Coordinates and translations
- Presentation of data
- Measuring Data
Topics covered during Year 8 include:
- Integers, powers and roots
- Sequences, functions and graphs
- Geometrical reasoning: lines angles and shapes
- Construction and loci
- Ratio and proportion
- Equations, formulae, identities and expressions
- Measures and mensuration; area
- Mental calculations and checking
- Written calculations and checking
- Transformations and co-ordinates
- Processing and representing data; Interpreting and discussing results
- Fractions, decimals and percentages
- Statistical Enquiry
- Sequences, functions and graphs, using ICT
- Measures and mensuration; volume
Topics covered in Year 9 include:
- Functions and Graphs
- Proportional Reasoning
- Solving Equations
- Geometrical Reasoning and Construction
- Handling Data
- Perimeter, Area and Volume
- Number Calculations
- Graphs of Functions
- Transformations and Congruence
- Expressions and Formulae
- Problem Solving
- Statistical Reports
- Applying Geometrical Reasoning
- Theoretical and Experimental Probability
Students will sit a Functional Skills exam during the summer term and some lessons will be devoted to revision and preparation for this exam.
In the summer term, students will also carry out an investigational task before preparation for the GCSE Mathematics course begins.
How students will be assessed
Assessment will be through:
- Teacher assessment of students’ class work and homework.
- Teacher observation of students in lessons
- Teacher/student discussion and responses to questioning
- Student performance in both internal and external tests and exams
All students will be tested at appropriate times throughout the year. In addition to topic tests there will be three formal assessments – one in each term. Each year group will have an end of year examination.
At Key Stage 3, all internal tests will last up to 1 hour. They will be based upon QCA National Curriculum levels and students will be given a mark and a sub level for each test. Detailed written feedback, incorporating teacher and self-assessment, will also be given.
In Year 9, students will take an end of year test and also sit the Edexcel Functional Skills examination at an appropriate level. This is usually taken in May.
The Key Stage 3 Year 7/8/9 Assessment Grids can be downloaded here.
Extra-curricular activities and educational visits
The school enters the following Mathematics competitions which students can participate in:
- UKMT Mathematics Challenges at Junior, Intermediate and Senior Level
- UKMT Team challenges at Junior, Intermediate and Senior Level
- Year 7 and 9 Able Gifted and Talented Challenge (local competitions)
Students are taken on relevant enrichment days such as Taking Maths Further or STEM week
The department subscribes to MyMaths which allows students at all levels to learn and revise independently and persevere at their own pace.
The boys take part in World Maths Day and “Pi” Day.
The department also participates in the Cross Curricular Day and European Languages Day.
Maths Homework Club is held on a Monday and Thursday lunch time and is open to all students at Key Stage 3.