# Maths

**MATHS**

Welcome to the Maths department at Braunton Academy. Here you will find friendly and approachable staff who are all passionate about their subject. There is a wealth of experience and enthusiasm between our specialist team of five teachers. Due to our commitment towards the subject, the students at Braunton Academy are also inspired about their maths and understand why it is so important in the real world.

In Key Stage 3, Years 7, 8 and 9 students are set according to their ability. All students follow a rich curriculum widely based around engaging, discovery activities ensuring they become positive, active learners and understand that maths is about concepts and is not restricted to following a set of rules.

**Programme of Study: Key Stage 3**

Students follow a spiral curriculum throughout Key Stage 3. Topics taught in Year 7 and 8 are taught again in greater depth. Knowledge, skills and understanding are taught, and then assessed using the Academy’s new Assessment Framework. Where a concept or skill is not mastered, judgements of ‘securing’, ‘developing’ and ‘emerging’ will indicate how far the student has come in terms of their mastery of the required element.

Formal assessments are also undertaken regularly each term and graded 9 to 1. Further information can be found in the Academy’s Assessment Policy.

The expectation is that the majority of students will move through the programme at broadly the same pace. Students who grasp concepts rapidly should be challenged through being offered rich and sophisticated problems. Students who are not secure in earlier material will consolidate their understanding through additional practice.

**Year 7**

Numbers and the number system

Counting and comparing

Calculating

Visualising and constructing

Investigating properties of shapes

Algebraic proficiency: tinkering

Exploring fractions, decimals and percentages

Proportional reasoning

Pattern sniffing

Measuring space

Investigating angles

Calculating fractions, decimals and percentages

Solving equations and inequalities

Calculating space

Checking, approximating and estimating

Mathematical movement

Presentation of data

Measuring data

**Year 8**

Numbers and the number system

Calculating

Visualising and constructing

Understanding risk 1

Algebraic proficiency: tinkering

Exploring fractions, decimals and percentages

Proportional reasoning

Pattern sniffing

Investigating angles

Calculating fractions, decimals and percentages

Solving equations and inequalities

Calculating space

Algebraic proficiency: visualising

Understanding risk 2

Presentation of data

Measuring data

**Year 9**

Calculating

Visualising and constructing

Algebraic proficiency: tinkering

Proportional reasoning

Pattern sniffing

Solving equations and inequalities 1

Calculating space

Conjecturing

Algebraic proficiency: visualising

Solving equations and inequalities 2

Understanding risk

Presentation of data

**GCSE Courses**

During Key Stage 4, students study GCSE Mathematics using the Edexcel Scheme of work. Students will study either the Foundation or Higher scheme, according to their ability. A final decision on the tier of entry is taken in the second term of Year 11.

The main content headings are

1 Number

2 Algebra

3 Ratio, proportion and rates of change

4 Geometry and measures

5 Probability

6 Statistics

Further information on the exams to be taken can also be found in the above link.

Currently students studying the higher scheme also take GCSE Statistics at the end of Year 10. There is also the opportunity for the most gifted in the subject to take Additional Maths.

**Homework / Independent Learning.**

Homework/Independent Learning is regularly set on Show My Homework. When not completing worksheets, students will be set tasks on MyMaths or by accessing the PiXl Maths App. Parents will be able to access these websites to check, help with, and monitor their child’s progress

**Extra curricular and Enrichment Opportunities**

Maths belongs to the STEM family of subjects which also includes Science, Computing and Technology. Students attending STEM extracurricular activities will be able to see mathematical concepts applied in practical situations.

Students studying Additional Maths will have to attend after-school classes.

**Useful Links**