# THE ECCLESBOURNE SCHOOL

### Learning Together For The Future

• • • Mathematics

## The Importance of Mathematics

Maths is important for all members of modern society. Mathematical thinking and the use of mathematical techniques is part of the essential equipment that all students need to enter the world of work and decision making.

We believe that Maths should also be a stimulating and enjoyable experience for all of our students, helping them to learn the basic skills and to develop the ability to solve problems in a creative way.

We strive to create an atmosphere where students are challenged and encouraged to do their best.

## Key Stage 3

Contact: Mrs M. Weighill

### Course Aims

In Years 7, 8 & 9 students pursue a course in Mathematics in line with the new National Curriculum. In these first three years of secondary school Mathematics we aim to enthuse and encourage all students. During KS3 we lay the foundations in algebra, number, geometry and data handling for work at GCSE level.

We encourage students to think mathematically and we offer them appropriate challenges throughout.

### Course Content

In Year 7, students will cover the following topics in Maths: Multiples, factors and prime numbers; Powers, roots and reciprocals; Conventional notation for the priority of operations; Ordering and inequalities; Written methods of calculation; Algebraic notation; Straight line graphs; Linear equations; Sequences; Ratio and proportion; Fractions, decimals and percentages; Geometry and measures; Coordinates; Naming 2D and 3D shapes; Properties of quadrilaterals and triangles; Perimeter, area and volume; Angles; Transformations including: reflection, translation and rotation; Probability; Venn diagrams; Statistics; Mean, median, mode and range; Comparison of data sets; Frequency tables; Pie charts and scatter graphs.

In Year 8, students will cover the following topics in Maths: Rounding to a given level of accuracy; Standard form; Negative numbers. Long division; Powers; Inverse of a linear function; Nth terms of sequences; Straight line equations; Common factors; Changing simple formulae; Fractional coefficients; Ratio and proportion; Fractions; Percentages; Geometry and measures; Angles on parallel lines; Geometrical properties of quadrilaterals; Circle geometry; Volume of a prism; Probability; Estimatation of probabilities; Statistics: Calculate mean, median, mode or modal class and range from a frequency table, including from grouped continuous data.

In Year 9, students will cover the following topics in Maths: Number: Calculator efficiency; Index laws; Using a multiplier to solve percentage problems; Decimals to fraction conversion; Square a linear expression; Linear factors; Factorisation; Quadratic sequences; Simultaneous equations ; Ratio and proportion; Geometry and measures; Pythagoras’ theorem; Pythagorean triples; Compound units for speed, pressure and density; Trigonometry in right angled triangles; Surface area and volume of prisms, including cylinders; Reflections, rotation, translation and enlargement; Probability; Tree diagrams and tables to record outcomes of two successive events; Enumerate sets and unions/intersections of sets using venn diagrams; Statistics.

### Extra Curricular Activities

Weekly maths challenges; UK Maths Challenge.