Year 9 Parental Guide

Classwork in Maths Year 9

Maths is a subject that builds on the work done in previous years. As your child starts year 9 it is important to realise that they will be expected to remember and use work and skills studied in year 7 and 8. This may require some revision if your child has not retained the work.

It is VERY important that the booklets from year 7 and 8 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

It is very important that homework is attempted to the best of your child’s ability. The type of homework set varies and may be:

It is very important that homework is attempted to the best of your child’s ability. The type of homework set varies and may be:

  • A MyMaths task – If you do not have internet access at home then your son/ daughter can use the ICT facilities in the library before and after school and at break time and lunchtime each day.

  • Revision for a test– Many pupils think revising in maths is simply a matter of looking through their book. Facts need to be learnt but also questions must be done to revise properly. This could be redoing questions already done in the booklets/books or using MyMaths to revise and so on. When revising, particular attention should be given to the questions that your son/daughter got wrong the when they did that exercise in class.

  • Revision of work previously covered that is needed for a current topic.

  • Completing class work – This could be set to the whole class or individual pupils who need a bit of extra time.

  • A worksheet

  • A challenge or problem

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.

Assessment in Maths Year 9

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 (Feb/March and the Mid 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.

  • During the school exam period in Feb/March pupils will sit an exam 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.

  • Mid 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. This exam will be in two parts: a calculator paper and a non-calculator paper. This exam is extremely important to the setting process for GCSE so please bear this in mind before planning to take your child out of school for any reason.

  • After the end of year exam, pupils will be placed in a Maths set for GCSE by looking at all results for the year. However, the end of year exam gives us a far better indicator of the best place for your child to be for year 10 and 11.

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 good examples.

During the Autumn term the following topics will be covered:


Level 3-5


Level 4-6


Level 5-7



(September – December)

Number, Decimals, Measurement, Perimeter and Area, Volume, Mode and Median, Mean and Range

Measures, Measurement, 3-D Shape, Formulae, Number Patterns, Probability, Decimals, Fractions, Decimals and Percentages, Angles and Parallel Lines

Pythagoras Theorem, Angles, Angles and Bearings, Sequences, Drawing Graphs, Properties of Number, Ratio and Proportion, Graphs, Scatter Diagrams / Correlation, Enlargement, Reflection and Rotation, Translation, Solving Equations


(January – March)

Place Value, Fractions and Percentages, Formulae, Brackets, Co-Ordinates, Bar Charts, Line Graphs

Transformations, Enlargement, Linear Equations, Mappings, Scatter Diagrams and Correlation, Frequency Diagrams, Ratio, Prime Factorisation, Volume, Circles

Expansion and Factorising, Changing Subject, Inequalities, Fractions, Percentage Change, Rounding and Estimating, Trial and Improvement, Averages, Frequency Polygons, Interpreting Graphs, Probability, Similarity, Loci, Area and Volume


(April – July)

2-D Shapes, 3-D Shapes, Area/Perimeter/Volume, Probability, Angles, Fractions/Percentages, Symmetry, Basic Number Work.

Plus GCSE Topics of Fractions, Decimals, Negative Numbers, Using A Calculator, Estimating,Household Bills and Timetables

3-D Drawing, Revision Topics, GCSE Topics

Equation of A Straight Line, Graphs and Functions, Simultaneous Equations, Indices, Standard Form, Compound Measures, Trigonometry, Polygons