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St Thomas More Catholic Secondary School

St Thomas More
Catholic Secondary School

Year 7 

Curriculum Intention:

Students begin Year 7 with Introduction to Number. The rationale for delivering this is to ensure that all students are given the opportunity to consolidate their understanding of essential numeracy skills from KS2 while also exploring ways in which these skills can be applied to multiple different contexts and problems. Students will be exposed to alternative methods for solving similar problems, giving students the opportunity to practice preferred approaches.

In the Spring term students will apply numeracy skills to algebra; allowing students to draw parallels between concepts and topics. Students should identify that skills applied in Number are the same in Algebra but with unknown variables. Skills will be taught simultaneously with why these skills are necessary; eg alongside geometry to solve problems with area and perimeter.

In Spring term 2 students will continue with their development of Number; applying skills to real-life contexts.

In the final term students will study Geometry. Students will build upon skills learned at KS2, as well as when studying number and algebra. They will investigate proofs; eg where does the formula for area of a circle come from? Again, students will consolidate core skills essential for GCSE Geometry.

Throughout the year, teachers should encourage students to work with concrete materials during lessons before moving onto pictorial representations (bar modelling), and then onto abstract formal methods. Teachers should foster a love for learning mathematics, ensuring that all abilities are catered for through our mastery approach.

Concrete materials offers support to our lower attaining students while there should be ample opportunity for higher attaining students to prove calculations and explore the origins of formulae.

Curriculum Implementation:

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Sept 2nd - Oct 14th

Unit 1: Number - integers, place value, rounding, estimation, intro to decimals and fractions, BIDMAS, factors, multiples, primes

Jan 6th – 10th Feb

Unit 2 Algebra; Intro to algebra, expanding, factorising, expressions and substitution

20th April – 18th May

Unit 4 Geometry; properties of shapes, parallel lines, polygons, perimeter, area and circles

Half term

Half term

Half term

Oct 28th – Dec 16th

Continued from above

24th Feb – 30th March

Unit 3 Number; fractions, decimals and percentages

1st June – 13th July

Continued from above

Christmas Holidays

Easter Holidays

Summer Holidays

 

Outcomes:

Students’ fluency and ability to articulate themselves verbally and written during lessons and assessments (written only) should improve across the year.

Students will be assessed 3 times per year and will be assessed on content learned throughout the year 7.

Students’ progress on individual topics will also be assessed weekly through homework and starters.

Live marking during lesson.

Student feedback and responses during lesson.

Employability skills:

Numeracy is an essential skill required in all fields of employment.

Improving students’ confidence in numeracy will enable to work more competently in the workplace.

Improve students’ resilience in maths lessons and independence in problem-solving tasks.

Year 8 

Curriculum Intention:

Having consolidated much of the essential mathematical skills fundamental to GCSE maths in Year 7, Year 8 looks to introduce students to new and more complex mathematics.

Throughout Year 8 the curriculum is focused on contextualising skills; creating meaning behind concepts. The curriculum develops essential skills for problem solving and explores different approaches to tackle a problem; preparing a strong foundation for building on more complex concepts and integrating their knowledge from other subjects; retrieval practice.

This year students are encouraged to be resilient and independent. They are faced with much more challenging mathematics and are required to work much more independently.

At the end of Year 8 students will complete a Statistics project. This will give students the opportunity to implement the skills they will have learned in the summer term to a real-life scenario. Students will be expected to write their own hypotheses and investigate an area of their own choosing. Students will need to evaluate the effectiveness of the charts they choose and the accuracy and reliability of their data.

Curriculum Implementation:

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Sept 2nd - Oct 14th

Unit 5: Ratio & Proportion

Jan 6th – 10th Feb

Unit 7 Algebra; Sequences, Formulae; expressions & equations

20th April – 18th May

Unit 9 Statistics: Sampling, charts and averages & scatter diagrams

Half term

Half term

Half term

Oct 28th – Dec 16th

Unit 6 Geometry: Plans & Elevations, Constructions, Loci, Bearings, Angles on parallel lines

24th Feb – 30th March

Unit 8 Geometry; 3D solids, Surface area & Volume of cubes, cuboids, cylinders, cones, pyramids, and spheres

1st June – 13th July

Continued from above

Statistics Coursework (last 4 weeks of term)

Christmas Holidays

Easter Holidays

Summer Holidays

 

Outcomes:

Exhibit high level of competence in numeracy skills and application

Independent problem solvers

Investigate alternative approaches to a solution of problem

Awareness of space

To articulate fluently what has been learnt in the past and build on new content learnt

Employability skills

Problem solving and numeracy

Key skills

Year 9 

Curriculum Intention:

The scheme of work for the Autumn Term extends on the skills and topics learnt in the previous 2 years; for example, sequences. In year 8 students learn about linear sequences. This topic is then developed in Year 9 by introducing geometric and quadratic sequences. This is taught in conjunction with topics elsewhere on the specification which require similar skills; distance-speed-time graphs and linear and quadratic functions. By exposing students to other areas on the curriculum they innately begin to draw parallels between concepts. This helps to develop their ability to problem-solve in exams. Students are familiar with being presented with multiple different topics simultaneously and drawing on previously learned material to help solve problems.

From Spring Term 1 students are learning predominantly new concepts, which have previously not been seen by students. Topics are taught sequentially, ensuring that there is progression from topic to topic. It also creates additional opportunities to consolidate and apply the mathematics learned between terms.

Curriculum Implementation:

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Sept 2nd - Oct 14th

Unit 10 Algebra: Sequences, Graphs, Parallel & Perpendicular Lines, Real-life graphs, Distance-Speed-Time, Inequalities

Jan 6th – 10th Feb

Unit 11 Probability: Theoretical vs Experimental Events, Sample Space, Tree and Venn Diagrams

20th April – 18th May

Unit 13 Pythagoras' Theorem, Trigonometry, Exact Values, Similarity & Congruence

Half term

Half term

Half term

Oct 28th – Dec 16th

Unit 10 Algebra: Sequences, Graphs, Parallel & Perpendicular Lines, Real-life graphs, Distance-Speed-Time, Inequalities

24th Feb – 30th March

Unit 12: Standard form, Terminating and Recurring decimals, Indices & Surds

1st June – 13th July

Unit 13 Pythagoras' Theorem, Trigonometry, Exact Values, Similarity & Congruence

Christmas Holidays

Easter Holidays

Summer Holidays

 

Outcomes:

The students will be assessed 3 times a year, on topics relevant to year 7, 8 and 9. This will allow them to articulate and retrieve information previously learnt.

Exhibit high level of competence in numeracy skills and application

Independent problem solvers

Investigate alternative approaches to a solution of problem

Employability skills:

By teaching these topics, the students will be learning problem solving skills, resilience, and numeracy skills needed on a daily basis. Some of the skills learnt can be applied to different areas of life.

Year 10 

Curriculum Intention:

In Year 10 students are tiered for the first time into higher and foundation. Students are tiered based on their end of Year 9 assessment in conjunction with their KS2 data and GCSE predicted grades. These can and will be reviewed periodically.

As much as possible higher and foundation tiers follow the same topics with slight variations in the degree to which the content is taught. This will allow more flexibility for students wishing/needing to change tier.

Students will have the opportunity to study each of the 5 primary topics in Year 10; covering some of what was taught in previous years but always developing on and extending students’ learning and exposure to exam content.

Curriculum Implementation:

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Sept 2nd - Oct 14th

Foundation:

3D solids, Surface Area & Volume, Congruency and Similarity. Transformations. Sectors.

Higher:

3D solids, Surface Area & Volume, Congruency and Similarity, Accuracy & Bounds. Transformations. Sectors

Jan 6th – 10th Feb

Foundation:

Continued from Autumn Term 2

Higher:

Continues from Autumn Term 2

20th April – 18th May

Foundation:

Statistics: Probability from tables and charts

Higher:

Statistics & Probability

Half term

Half term

Half term

Oct 28th – Dec 16th

Foundation:

As above

Expressions, indices, equations, rearranging formulae, expanding and factorising, inequalities, sequences, quadratics

Higher:

As above

Sequences, quadratics, inequalities, changing the subject, algebraic fractions, surd, proofs

24th Feb – 30th March

Foundation:

Compound Interest & Depreciation. FDPR (reverse percentages). Compound Measures

Higher:

Compound Interest & Depreciation. Growth & Decay. Exponential graphs. Compound Measures

1st June – 13th July

Foundation:

Trigonometry: Pythagoras' Theorem and Trigonometry. Exact Values

Linear graphs (gradient, y-intercept), quadratic graphs (roots, min/max, roots)

Higher:

Further Trigonometry and Circle Geometry. Tangents to a circle

Christmas Holidays

Easter Holidays

Summer Holidays

 

Outcomes:

Students will be more able to articulate themselves mathematically

Students should be fluent in problem-solving and know how to start a problem

Students should be familiar with routines/exam practices and what approaches to apply to particular questions

Students should be able to differentiate between assessment objectives 1, 2 and 3

Students will be assessed 3 times in Year 10

Live marking during lessons

Weekly homework

Employability skills:

Students will be more competent working independently

Students will be more resilient and are capable of self-motivating

Students will develop their numeracy skills and be more able to deal with real-life problems

Year 11 

Curriculum Intention:

The majority of Year 11 will be spent revising and preparing the GCSE exams. Students will have the opportunity to develop their exam strategies and become familiar with how to work under certain time constraints.

The curriculum will be almost/completely finished with all groups. This will allow teachers sufficient time to prepare students for the Christmas mock exams as they would if it were the summer exams. Teachers will be demonstrating exam techniques during all lessons and students will have regular (daily) exposure to exam style questions. Students should be familiar with the different Assessment Objectives and what is required to achieve full marks on each questions. Students will mark all informal assessments in class and will receive in-depth feedback regarding mark schemes and how marks are gained/lost.

Curriculum Implementation:

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Sept 2nd - Oct 14th

Foundation:

Circles, cylinders, cones and spheres

Fractions and reciprocals

Indices and standard form

Higher:

Circle theorems

Circle geometr

Jan 6th – 10th Feb

 

Revision

20th April – 18th May

 

Revision

 

Half term

Half term

Half term

Oct 28th – Dec 16th

Foundation:

Similarity and congruence in 2D

Vectors

Rearranging equations, graphs of cubic and reciprocal functions and simultaneous equations

Higher:

Vectors and geometric proof

Reciprocal and exponential graphs; Gradient and area under graphs

Direct and inverse proportio

24th Feb – 30th March

 

Revision

 

1st June – 13th July

 

n/a

 

Christmas Holidays

Easter Holidays

Summer Holidays

 

Outcomes:

  • Students will be more competent when identifying skills required to answer each question on the paper.
  • Students will be able to recall steps for particular problems.
  • Students will be able to draw parallels between topics.
  • Students will feel confident in answering questions in more than one way.

Employability skills:

  • Resilience
  • Ability to work independently
  • Be more self-reflective
  • Discipline
  • Problem-solving strategies
  • Consolidate key numeracy skills required in every-day life

Year 12
 

Curriculum Intention:

The A Level curriculum is split between Pure, Statistics and Mechanics. Pure is worth 2/3 of the overall grade, while statistics and mechanics are each worth 1/6. Students will sit 3 papers at the end of Year 13; all papers are two hours and 100 marks.

Autumn Term 1 of Year 12 concentrates primarily on content learned at GCSE. It is important to maximise time spent on new content later in the curriculum so GCSE material will be delivered at a faster pace.

In Autumn Term 2 students will begin stats and mechanics. The rationale for this is to expose students to these elements of the curriculum as soon as possible. Covering them in the Autumn term 2 allows more time to spend on these areas also. Although stats and mechanics make up just 1/3 of the content they can prove quite challenging for students as it is completely new mathematics for them. It is imperative to enhance students’ development that they have plenty of time to delve into the subjects, hence why one half term in the Autumn and Summer terms has been given to these areas.

Year 12 students will have 2 teachers throughout the year. Pure maths will be taught linearly with teachers following on from one another. This approach has been adopted with the aim of maintaining consistency for students. However, stats & mechanics will be taught in parallel with each teacher taking responsibility for only one element; stats or mechanics.

In the Summer Term 2 students should begin the ‘Year 2’ content. Once again, this is designed with the aim of maximising time for students to revise and review challenging topics at the end of Year 13. It also creates more time in Year 13 to spend on the more challenging areas of the year 2 pure content.                                                                                                                             

Curriculum Implementation:

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Sept 2nd - Oct 14th

Pure

Algebra & Functions
Coordinate Geometry in x, y plane

Jan 6th – 10th Feb

Pure

Further Algebra
Trigonometry
Vectors in 2D

20th April – 18th May

Stats

Probability
Statistical Distributions
Hypothesis Testing

Mechanics

Forces & Newton’s Laws
Kinematics 2

Half term

Half term

Half term

Oct 28th – Dec 16th

Stats

Statistical Sampling
Data presentation & interpretation

Mechanics

Quantities and units in mechanics

Kinematics 1

24th Feb – 30th March

Pure

Differentiation

Integration

Exponentials & Logarithms

1st June – 13th July

Year 2 Content

Pure

Proof

Algebraic and Partial fractions

Functions & modelling

Series & Sequences

Christmas Holidays

Easter Holidays

Summer Holidays

 

Outcomes:

  • Improved results at the end of Year 12
  • Live marking
  • Book looks
  • Weekly homework
  • Student feedback

Employability skills:

  • Increased independence and resilience
  • Increased ability to solve problems
  • Improved numeracy skills and understanding of real-life numeracy problems

Year 13 

Curriculum Intention:

A Level Further Mathematics is designed so that it can be taught in parallel to A Level Mathematics. Although it is advantageous for students to study A Level Maths prior to studying A Level Further Maths, it is not necessary.

We have followed the Pearson recommendations in terms of how to order the delivery of content.

While Pure accounts for 50% of the overall assessment, Mechanics 1 and Mechanics 2 will account for the other 50%. For this reason Mechanics is taught for 5 out of the 6 half terms.

The aims and objectives of this qualification are to enable students to:

  • understand mathematics and mathematical processes in ways that promote confidence, foster enjoyment and provide a strong foundation for progress to further study
  • extend their range of mathematical skills and techniques
  • understand coherence and progression in mathematics and how different areas of mathematics are connected
  • apply mathematics in other fields of study and be aware of the relevance of mathematics to the world of work and to situations in society in general
  • use their mathematical knowledge to make logical and reasoned decisions in solving problems both within pure mathematics and in a variety of contexts, and communicate the mathematical rationale for these decisions clearly
  • reason logically and recognise incorrect reasoning
  • generalise mathematically
  • construct mathematical proofs
  • use their mathematical skills and techniques to solve challenging problems which require them to decide on the solution strategy
  • recognise when mathematics can be used to analyse and solve a problem in context
  • represent situations mathematically and understand the relationship between problems in context and mathematical models that may be applied to solve them
  • draw diagrams and sketch graphs to help explore mathematical situations and interpret solutions
  • make deductions and inferences and draw conclusions by using mathematical reasoning
  • interpret solutions and communicate their interpretation effectively in the context of the problem
  • read and comprehend mathematical arguments, including justifications of methods and formulae, and communicate their understanding
  • read and comprehend articles concerning applications of mathematics and communicate their understanding
  • use technology such as calculators and computers effectively, and recognise when such use may be inappropriate
  • take increasing responsibility for their own learning and the evaluation of their own mathematical development

Curriculum Implementation:

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Sept 2nd - Oct 14th

Pure 1

Complex numbers

Series

Algebra & Functions

Jan 6th – 10th Feb

Pure 1

Proof by induction

Mechanics

Elastic collisions in one dimension

20th April – 18th May

Pure 1

Vectors

Pure 2

Complex numbers (CORE 2)

Series (Core 2)

Half term

Half term

Half term

Oct 28th – Dec 16th

Pure 1

Matrices

Linear Transformations

Mechanics

Momentum & impulse

Work, energy & power

24th Feb – 30th March

Mechanics

Circular motion

Centres of mass of plane figures

Kinematics

1st June – 13th July

Mechanics

Momentum as a vector

Elastic strings and springs

Circular motion (vertical circle)

Christmas Holidays

Easter Holidays

Summer Holidays

 

Outcomes:

  • Improved results at the end of Year 12
  • Live marking
  • Book looks
  • Weekly homework
  • Student feedback

Employability skills:

  • Increased independence and resilience
  • Increased ability to solve problems
  • Improved numeracy skills and understanding of real-life numeracy problems
  • Increased advantage for those entering professions in engineering