Maths

Year 8 Parental Guide

Classwork in Maths Year 8

Maths is a subject that builds on the work done in previous years. As your child starts year 8 it is important to realise that they will be expected to remember and use work and skills studied in year 7. This may require some revision if your child has not retained the work.

It is VERY important that the booklets from year 7 are kept safe as they will be needed to revise from during the year, at the end of the year and also in the years to come. Everything done in Maths can be in the GCSE exam in year 11 and pupils will need to look back on all of the work to prepare for those exams.

  • Make sure your child has a safe place to keep all booklets and books and if one is lost it is a good idea to photocopy another pupil’s book so you have the work.

  • If your child is away from school, ensure that work is copied up straight away by borrowing another pupil’s book or booklet. After the work is copied up your child can ask the teacher for help if it is needed.

  • Classwork will not be marked by the teacher as it will be marked in lessons as part of peer assessment. If your child is away when a piece of work is marked then make sure that they borrow a book or booklet to mark it, asking the teacher if there is a problem.

  • Your child's book can be asked for at any time to check that it is up to date and organised.

Homework in Maths

You will be informed if there is a persistent problem with homework completion. A “Z”  for homework on any interim reports sent home indicate either a problem with completion or the standard of homework. At the end of each topic pupils will sit a short test to see how well the topic has been understood. This test will usually be done the next lesson after finishing a topic so it is important that pupils make sure you they understand their work as they go along, keeping everything up to date as there may be only one night to revise.

In order to help your child progress in Mathematics you could:

  • Practice multiplication tables and mental arithmetic

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

  • Play games which help practice numerical skills with your child or encourage them to play these with their friends.  Games where scores have to be calculated such as Scrabble are a good example.

Assessment in Maths Year 8

At the end of each topic pupils will sit a short test to see how well the topic has been understood. This test will usually be done the next lesson after finishing a topic so it is important that pupils make sure you they understand their work as they go along, keeping everything up to date as there may be only one night to revise.

  • Teachers will mark these tests and give them back to pupils to look at during a lesson. Pupils will fill in a self-assessment booklet which is kept in class. This self-assessment booklet will only go home before big tests and exams (January and June) and must be brought back in afterwards.

  • The topic tests will not go home or a copy made to go home, but pupils are encouraged to copy any questions down into the back of their exercise books to give examples of the type of questions that more work may be needed on.

  • At the end of January pupils will sit a big test with all the work covered before Christmas in it. Pupils will need to revise for a considerable length of time for this test even they have done well in all topic tests as they may forget work. A revision homework will be set in January to help you prepare.

  • In June, pupils will sit their end of year exam with ALL the work covered during the year in it. Again, revision homework will be provided.

  • After the end of year exam, pupils will be placed in a Maths set for year 9 by looking at all results for the year. However, the end of year exam and the one in January will be counted as more important for the placement in a maths set.

During the Autumn term the following topics will be covered:

Term

Level 3-5

Topics

Level 4-6

Topics

Level 5-7

Topics

Autumn

(September – December)

Number, Place Value, Multiplication and Division, Fractions, Percentages, Symmetry, Translation, Negative Numbers

Place Value, Whole Numbers, Multiplication and Division, Symmetry, Angles, Angles and Bearings, Negative Numbers, Probability, Mode and Median

Number, Metric and Imperial Units, Ratio and Proportion, Constructions, Transformations, Probability, Charts, Co-Ordinates, Discovering Rules, Sequences

Spring

(January – March)

Rounding, Divisibility Rules, Multiplication and Division, Collecting Data, Representing and Interpreting Data, Probability, Time, Angles

Mean, Decimals, Fractions and Percentages, Fractions / Percentages of a Quantity, Perimeter and Area, Area, Volume, Number Patterns, Co-ordinates

Arithmetic, Estimating, Negative Numbers, Using A Calculator, Algebra, Linear Equations, Area and Perimeter, Volume

Summer

(April – July)

Number Patterns, Co-Ordinates, Decimals, Fractions / Percentages of a Quantity

Formulae, Bar Charts, Graphs, Line Graphs

Circles, Probability, Averages, Fractions, Fractions, Decimals and Percentages, Percentages, Congruent Shapes, 3-D Drawing