# Mathematics (Y5 - 8)

Mathematics contributes to the school curriculum by developing students’ abilities to calculate; to reason logically and to solve problems. Mathematics is important for learners in many other areas of study, particularly Technology and Science. It is also important in everyday living and in many forms of employment.

Mathematics enables learners to build a secure framework of mathematical reasoning, which they can use and apply with confidence.  The subject goes beyond cultural differences and its importance is universally recognised.  Mathematics helps us to understand and change the world.

We aim to give students confidence in their Mathematical abilities and we encourage them to reach their full potential.

Key Stage 2

The Key Stage 2 Curriculum teaches:

• Place value
• Statistics
• Multiplication and Division
• Perimeter and Area
• Fractions
• Decimals and Percentages
• Properties of Shapes
• Position and Direction
• Converting Units
• Measures and Volume
• Algebra
• Ratio
• Problem Solving
• Investigations

Children in Key Stage 2 have maths lessons each day, either single or double periods. In Year 3 and 4 children are taught maths in their classes and are put into sets for Year 5 and 6.

For every aspect taught in maths, children are engaged in fluency questions to build confidence in an area and then focus on reasoning and problem solving opportunities in order to prepare them for their end of Key Stage 2 SAT’s.

Each class/set complete weekly arithmetic tests and also practise times tables daily using the Times Table Rockstars programme. Children also have their own username and password to access this site at home.

Homework is given out weekly.

For any enquiries regarding the teaching of mathematics at Key Stage 2 then please contact Assistant Achievement Lead for Maths, Mrs R Haley at rachael.haley@kirkleeseducation.uk

Years 7-8

The curriculum at Key Stage 3 is designed to:

• Build on calculation methods and Maths knowledge from KS2
• Develop mathematical reasoning, so students can apply their skills in real life
• Increase expertise so that students learn to solve problems

All students have four lessons of Maths each week.  Students are placed in sets by the end of September in year 7.  The setting is reviewed regularly.  We are constantly striving to keep our curriculum up to date and topical as well as engaging for students. Homework is set each week and is generally consolidation questions based on the topics covered in lessons.  It should last 20-30 minutes.  All students receive a revision guide and workbook in year 7 and have access to mathswatch revision website.

Equipment

All students are expected to have a pen, pencil and ruler for each lesson.  Investment in a protractor, a pair of compasses and scientific calculator is desirable.

Help and Support

We encourage all students to ask their class teacher for help, however, students are welcome to attend the drop- sessions in the library Monday to Thursday at 3pm -4pm.