Maths

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The essence of mathematics is not to make simple things complicated but to make complicated things simple.

S. Gudder


Mathematics at Scissett Middle School is not just about numbers. It is about having fun investigating mathematical ideas in many different ways. Pupils will have the chance to develop their Maths skills and confidence both in and out of lessons. This includes Maths clubs and regional and national competitions.



Course Content

We follow national guidelines as the basis for our schemes of work. The modules we teach usually last for two weeks with additional time planned in for review and assessment. Pupils will cover work on number, calculations, shape, space and measures, handling data and algebra. They will also practise using and applying mathematics in a variety of contexts therefore developing the functional aspect of Maths. We show pupils a range of methods so that they can find one that they can use and understand.

 

Year 6

 

In Year 6 Mathematics pupils will cover work on Number, Geometry and Measures, Statistics and will start some work on Algebra. All subject content is based on the National Curriculum for Mathematics and split into modules that will take approximately two weeks. A lot of new concepts and ideas are revisited throughout the year to ensure better understanding. These modules are; 

‘Place Value’, ‘Shapes and Angles’, ‘Addition and Subtraction’, ‘Averages and Data’, 

‘Multiplication and Division’, ‘Measures’, ‘Perimeter and Area’, ‘Fractions’, ‘Collect and Display Data’,’ 

Coordinates’, ‘Fractions, Decimals and Percentages’, ‘2D and 3D shapes’, ‘Problem solving’, ‘Measuring’, ‘Algebra’.

The pupils will also be given an opportunity to explore aspects of financial mathematics.

 

Year 7

In Year 7 Mathematics pupils will cover work on Number, Algebra, Geometry and Measures and Statistics. All subject content is based on the New National Curriculum for Mathematics and split into modules that will take approximately two weeks. 

These modules are; ‘Working with Place Value’, ‘Lines and Angles’, ‘Introducing Algebra’, ‘Using Factors, 

Multiples and Primes to work with fractions’, ‘The Probability Scale’, ‘Calculations and order of operations’, 

‘Using Measurements’, ‘Multiplication and Division’, ‘Formulae, Sequences and Graphs’, ‘Fractions, Decimals 

and Percentages’, ‘Properties of shapes and solids’, ‘Linear Equations’, ‘Ratio’, ‘Representing and Interpreting 

Data’, ‘Congruence’ and ‘Problem solving’.

Pupils will also be given the opportunity complete tasks of an investigative nature and learn about financial issues.

 

Year 8

In Year 8 Mathematics pupils will cover work on Number, Algebra, Geometry and Measures and Statistics. All subject content is based on the New National Curriculum for Mathematics and split into modules that will take approximately two weeks.

These modules are; 

‘Place Value and Properties of Number’, ‘Sequences and Relationships’, ‘Geometrical 

Reasoning’, ‘Fractions, Decimals and Percentages’, ‘Accuracy with Perimeter, Area and Volume’, ‘Arithmetical 

Operations with Decimals and Negatives’, ‘Multiplication and Division’, ‘Using Averages, Range and 

Relationships to Describe Data’, ‘Formulae and Equations’, ‘Constructions’, ‘Ratio’, ‘Linear Equations: 

Graphically and Algebraically’, ‘Congruence and Similarity’, ‘Probability, Sets and Unions’, 

Pupils will also be given the opportunity complete tasks of an investigative nature and learn about financial 

issues.


Resources


We have a wide range of resources to do this, including: text books, calculators, graphical calculators, computers, interactive whiteboards and practical equipment including Maths games.

Organisation


Maths is taught in sets, where pupils are grouped according to the levels they are working at and their potential. This enables the staff to tailor the lesson content to the needs of the group and ensure that all pupils achieve the best they can. We have a team of highly experienced teachers who all work together to provide the best lessons possible. One-to-one, Booster and Gifted and Talented sessions are well established and have been provided for a number of years.

The Maths setting structure is staggered to ensure that pupils have every opportunity to achieve their potential. We believe that having a slight overlap between the groups ensures that there are high expectations for all pupils.

Some examples of our setting structures are shown below.

Maths sets

How do we assess progress?


Whilst SATs are important we don’t regard them as the only way to assess pupils. We have been using a process called APP (Assessing Pupils' Progress) for the last few years.

Overview of the system

Consider

Periodically consider significant written and oral evidence of a pupil's attainment during the taught module.

Review

Review the understanding of a particular objective later in the term. Set curricular targets as appropriate

Judge

Make a judgement whether performance is almost at the standard, achieving the standard or the pupils is working above the standard and they have enhanced understanding of that particular concept. There will be an end of year test which is used in conjunction with the ongoing assessment throughout the year where pupils will be judged as to how secure within the yearly standard they are.


How do pupils know how they are doing?


  • Each pupil receives a progress booklet which is used in lessons so that pupils can measure their own progression.
  • Where appropriate, a curricular target is set to ensure that pupils have the opportunity to work on any gaps in their knowledge. This will work in parallel with their target levels.
  • Every term pupils are informed of their current working level (based on APP); this gives pupils the opportunity to review their progress with their teacher.
  • At the end of the year teachers will review the overall working level and SATs results to produce a teacher assessed level which will be reported to parents.

Further extension and enrichment opportunities


Maths Clubs

There is a Maths Problem Solving Club on a Monday lunchtime where pupils can come to get help with homework or any aspect of Maths where they are having problems. They can also play a variety of Maths games involving logic and strategy and solve puzzles and problems There is a Maths computer club which runs on a Tuesday lunchtime. Pupils can use any of the Maths software we have in school as well as visit numerous Maths websites such as MyMaths, which is a subscription based site that we provide for all pupils. In this club they can develop their mathematical skills, as well as drop in for help with homework or any other Maths questions.

 

Regional and National Competitions

Pupils have an opportunity to take part in the UK Junior Schools Maths Challenge, where we have been quite successful over the last few years with pupils from Years 6, 7 and 8 receiving a number of gold, silver and bronze certificates. In the past couple of years we have even had pupils qualifying for the next round. The Junior Challenge is aimed at pupils in Year 8 or below in England and Wales. The challenge involves answering 25 multiple choice questions in one hour and is sat in school under normal exam conditions. 




Maths Challenges

 

We have also taken part in the February Half Term Maths Challenge organised by Leeds University for the last few years.  In the first year of taking part two of our pupils did so well that they were invited to a reception prize giving evening at the university. We were all very proud, especially as one of the pupils was in Year 6. Most recently, in 2015, one of our Y8 pupils came second out of 700 pupils taking part and was also invited to the university for a prize giving evening.One of our proudest achievement over recent years was winning the Holmfirth Year 8 Maths Competition for the three years consecutively against 20 other teams from across Kirklees. The trophy stood proudly in our trophy cabinet with Scissett Middle School being the only name engraved on it. Unfortunately we only came second in 2010, but last time the competition ran we regained our title as the top Year 8 Maths team in Kirklees. We have won the competition 4 times out of 5!

We have taken part in a Year 7 competition for the first time this year against a number of teams form across Kirklees. We were very happy to win the competition.

UKMT Regional Finals

The STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Maths) club is being run again this year, please see the information box above for more information.

STEM Club Trip to Rolls Royce

FEE (Finance and Enterprise Education)

We believe that it is essential that pupils learn about money and finance to ensure they lead successful lives when they leave school. We are working with other departments to allow pupils to have different experiences learning about finance and enterprise.