Pupils follow a balanced course leading to assessment in 4 attainment targets – Using and Applying Maths, Number and Algebra, Shape, Space and Measures and Handling Data. The course is assessed by two 2hour written examination papers. One paper allows the use of a calculator and one paper does not.
Autumn Term
Using A Calculator

Using a calculator effectively
Accuracy

Understand and use upper and lower bounds.
Angles and Bearings

Recognise quarter turns and half turns clockwise and anticlockwise.

Name angles : acute, obtuse, right straight, reflex.

Measure and draw angles with a protractor.

Understand and use compass directions.

Understand 3figure bearings and draw them using a protractor.

Calculate 3figure bearings from a diagram not drawn to scale.

Construct scale diagrams involving distance and bearings.
Compound Measures

Calculate compound measures ( inc. speed and density).
Statistics

Understand different ways of collecting data.

Design questions to collect data.

Collect data by sampling, observation or experiment.

Draw pictograms.

Obtain data from a database.

Sort and present data.

Group data in tally tables and grouped frequency tables.

Compare data using dual bar charts.

Draw frequency polygons.

Use a pie chart to display data as appropriate.

Interpret given pie charts.

Create scatter diagrams for discrete variables and draw a line of best fit by inspection and understand correlation.
Perimeter and area

Find the perimeter of triangles, rectangles and other polygons and simple compound shapes.

Calculate area by counting squares.

Calculate area of common shapes using the appropriate formulae.

Calculate the area of simple compound shapes.

Find the circumference and area of a circle.
Volume

Calculate volume by counting cubes.

Work out the volume of cuboids by formulae.

Work out the volume of prisms.
Spring Term
Ratio

Recognise ratio as a way of showing the relationship between two numbers and understand the importance of order.

Simplify a ratio by dividing both parts by a common factor.

Use a given ratio and some information to find a missing quantity.

Use the unitary method as a way of solving ratio and proportion problems.

Interpret and use a scale to show the relationship between a distance on a map and the distance on the ground.
Trial and Improvement

Use the ‘xsquared’, ‘square root’ and memory functions on a calculator.

Solve problems by trial and improvement using a calculator.
Loci

Understand the concept of locus.

Know and apply simple standard loci.
Similar shapes

Identify similar shapes.

Recall the conditions for similar shapes.

Calculate the unknown lengths in similar shapes.
Congruent triangles

Identify congruent triangles.

Recall the four conditions for congruent triangles.

Prove 2 triangles are congruent.
Pythagoras’ Theorem

Use Pythagoras’ theorem to calculate the length of the hypotenuse.

Use Pythagoras’ theorem to calculate the shorter sides of the right angle triangle.

Apply Pythagoras’ theorem to simple problems in right triangles.
Summer Term

Past exam papers.
In order to help your child progress in Mathematics you could:

Ensure they have a geometry set and a scientific calculator with them for all lessons.

Practice mental arithmetic.

Encourage your child to explain how they are completing a set task..

Play an active role in ensuring that your child is regularly accessing the website www.mymaths.co.uk which is used for all homework tasks and contains a vast amount of materials to support and enhance your child’s learning.

Whenever possible try to make your child aware of the mathematics involved in real life e.g. Utility bills, salaries, bank accounts, credit card and loans.