Mathematics

Mathematics is the means of looking at the patterns that make up our world. Numeracy is the means of making that knowledge useful. Mathematics contributes to the school curriculum by developing students' abilities to calculate; to reason logically, algebraically, and geometrically; to solve problems and to handle data.

Mathematics is important for students in many other areas of study, particularly Science, Geography and Technology and as such is one of the STEM subjects. It is also important in everyday living, in many forms of employment and its importance is universally recognised. Mathematics helps us to understand and change the World.

The Mathematics department aims to encourage enthusiasm for and an interest in the study of Mathematics by creating a partnership between parents, teachers and students. Here at Byrchall we provide the opportunity for all students to continually improve their mathematical skills and ensure that they develop a lifelong love of learning. The department encourage a range of problem solving strategies that will enable students to transfer their understanding across the whole curriculum and into real life situations.

The Mathematics department offers a range of courses and experiences to suit the needs of all students. The department has an excellent academic record, but more importantly it ensures the progress of all students no matter the stage of their academic development. The department has an excellent staff that continually provides stimulating lessons that incorporate a mix of new technology and traditional teaching. Students are encouraged to try to develop new skills in real life contexts that embed understanding.

Our key aims are:

  • Set challenging targets with high expectations for all pupils.
  • Offer a variety of approaches to teaching and learning to engage and motivate pupils and demand their active participation.
  • Explore enrichment opportunities outside the curriculum to enhance students' enjoyment of mathematics.
  • Provide a broad, balanced, relevant and differentiated curriculum for all students following different pathways to ensure progression.
  • Highlight links between mathematics in the curriculum and mathematics in the real world.
  • Increase a student's awareness of the role played by mathematics in a wide variety of future careers and to offer appropriate advice and guidance

The Mathematics department offers a range of courses and experiences to suit the needs of all students. The department has an excellent academic record, but more importantly it ensures the progress of all students no matter the stage of their academic development. The department has an excellent staff that continually provides stimulating lessons that incorporate a mix of new technology and traditional teaching. Students are encouraged to try to develop new skills in real life contexts that embed understanding.

The department is made up of a dedicated and experienced team of 9 full time and 2 part time staff. It is led by a Head of Faculty who is ably supported by a 2nd in department, Lead Practitioner, Numeracy co-ordinator and Intervention co-ordinator. The students are given 4 hours of curriculum time in all years with an extra lesson in Year 10. Regular intervention is provided throughout the age and ability range to ensure that the students make the maximum progress. The department is proud of its track record of results that are a testament to the hard work and high standards of the team.

Enrichment

  • ‘Fun Maths Friday’ – A chance for students to meet and share a love of puzzles, mind benders and general maths discussion.
  • UKMT – Students across the age range have the opportunity to compete individually or as part of a team against other schools working on in depth problem solving skills.
  • MEM Master Classes – Students are invited to attend 5 Saturday master classes throughout the Autumn term to develop reasoning and application.
  • STEM club – Students have the opportunity to work in a cross curricular capacity to solve real life problems and see the links across the 4 STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths)
  • Edge Hill Master Classes - Students are invited to attend 5 Saturday master classes throughout the Autumn term to develop reasoning and application.
  • Maths Leaders – An appointed team of dedicated students who provide administrative support to ensure efficient operation of the mathematics department.

External Links

Mathswatch

MyMaths

Hegarty Maths

Corbett Maths

Subject Content

  Autumn Spring Summer
Year
7
Algebra

Place Value

Calculating with decimals
Graphs and Charts

Sequences

Properties of 2-D shapes (incl. Area & Perimeter)
Fractions & %

Angles
Time & Timetables

Negative Numbers

Algebra
Averages

Probability
Types of Number
Year
8
Place Value and BIDMAS Data Analysis Nets and Surface Areas Mathematical Diagrams Ratio Basic Algebra Angles FDP Probability Linear Graphs Money and Time Formulae Polygons Units of Measure Speed, Distance and Time Questionnaires and data collection Transformations Maths in Action GCSE:
Data Handling
Year
9
4 Operations Expressions & Formulae Factorising T&I FDP Index Laws Compound Interest Angles Nets, Plans & Elevations Ratio Types of numbers Probability P,A,V Circle Parts Analysing data: Cumulative Frequency, Box Plot, Histograms Transposition of Formulae Linear Graphs Real Life Graphs
Year
10
Recurring decimals Surds Quadratics: graphing, solving, sequences Compound Measures Transformations Scale Drawing Constructions Loci Personalised Mock Exam Preparation Pythagoras’ Theorem Basic Trigonometry Simultaneous Equations Linear Inequalities Advanced Trigonometry Proportionality Properties of 2D shapes Circle Theorems P,A,V Bounds
Year
11
Similarity Congruence Vectors Completing the square to sketch curves Iteration Set Theory Applied Handling Data Applied Number Applied Shape & Space Applied Algebra Personalised exam Preparation: Knowledge and Understanding Enhancement Exams

Year 7 Medium Term Plan

Year 8 Medium Term Plan

Year 9 Medium Term Plan

Year 10 Medium Term Plan

Year 11 Medium Term Plan