Maths

Mathematics is not about numbers, equations, computations, or algorithms: it is about understanding”

Mathematics is a creative and highly interconnected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. At Boldon School we aim to tap into that creativity allow students the opportunity to explore these problems and find their own solutions. We aim to provide students with the tools they need that are essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. 

Beyond the classroom, students at Boldon School are given the opportunity to thrive with a variety of activities that help garner an enthusiasm for the subject and tap into a love of learning. In years 7 to 9 students are invited to challenge their problem solving skills by participating in the UKMT maths challenge. This allows students to compete nationally and showcase their problem solving skills. In year 10 students may visit Newcastle University to sample lectures on latest problems currently intrigue the greatest mathematical minds. They may also have the opportunity to attend a seminar on ‘magical maths’, which explores the reason and logic behind magic effects. We have strong links with the AMSP (advanced mathematics support programme) which offers opportunities to participate in enrichment events such as ‘maths feasts’ – a competitive team event to explore collaborative problem solving. In our weekly games club, we invite our students to sharpen their logic and strategy skills in a variety of games both familiar and new.

Mathematics should provide inspiration to students, the opportunity to partake in a variety of activities and learning opportunities both in and out of the classroom. In Boldon School, this includes treasure hunts, card sorts, mathematical games and simulations to deepen there mathematical understanding and provide opportunities for reasoning. We build upon learning in each year with problems becoming increasing complex, using the strong base built in early years and at Key Stage 2 to stretch all our students. We have a strong focus on developing problem-solving skills alongside mathematical content to ensure we develop resilient, independent learners ready to tackle GCSE maths.

Year 7Year 8Year 9Year 10Year 11
Half Term 1

Ratio

Index Notation

Decimal calculations

Order of operations with fractions

Manipulating algebra expressions

Solving equations

Substitution

Sequences and nth term

Error Intervals

Standard Form

Ratio problem solving

Further manipulation of algebra including multiplying out double brackets

Problem solving with algebra

Sequences – using the nth term

Calculating with Standard Form

Proportion problems

Using Formulae

Quadratic Sequences

Factorising quadratics

Surds

Direct and inverse proportion

Factorising complex quadratics

Review and Recall key elements of exam specification, in addition higher students may study:

Surds

Non right angle trigonometry

Half Term 2

Angle problems

Angles and ratio

Angles and algebra

Parallel lines

Bearings

Comparing averages

Collecting data

Processing data

Multi step angle problems

Pythagoras’ Theorem

Interior and exterior angles of shapes

Averages from tables, charts and graphs

Pie charts

Scatter Graphs

Cumulative frequency diagrams

Comparing data using boxplots

Problems involving Pythagoras’ Theorem

Trigonometry

Shapes and angles

Trigonometry and Pythagoras Theorem in 3D

Histograms

Stratified sampling

Review and Recall key elements of exam specification, in addition higher students may study:

Quadratic equations  

Circle theorems

Half Term 3

Problems with percentage

Rearranging formulae

Inequalities including solving

Percentage increase and decrease using a decimal multiplier.

Percentages in real life situations

Solving complex inequalities

Simultaneous Equations

Proof

Reverse percentage

Compound interest

Algebraic methods of solving simultaneous equations

Converting recurring decimals to fractions

Quadratic Equations including the quadratic formulae.

Review and Recall key elements of exam specification, in addition higher students may study:

Functions and algebraic proof

Vectors

Half Term 4

Constructions

Area problems

Circle formulae

Volume of a cylinder

Area of a trapezium

Loci

Scale drawings

Volume and surface area of spheres and cones

Area and perimeter of sectors of a circle

Volume and surface area of hemispheres and frustrums

Exam Preparation

Half Term 5

Calculating probabilities

Problems with probability

Probabilities with tree diagrams

Venn diagrams

Finding the equations of linear graphs (y= mx + c)

Quadratic graphs

Dependent probability

Solving problems with Venn diagrams

Real Life Graphs

Conditional Probabilty

Linear and Quadratic graphs

Graphs of other functions

Exam Preparation

Half Term 6

Straight line graphs

Finding the gradient

Transformations 

Vectors 

Congruency and similar shapes

Enlargements

Describing Transformations

Enlargements with fractional scale factors

Calculations with vectors

Enlargements with negative scale factors

Problems with transformations and geometry

Vector geometry

Students will have left.


Year 7

Half Term 1

Ratio

Index Notation

Decimal calculations

Order of operations with fractions

Manipulating algebra expressions

Solving equations

Substitution

Sequences and nth term

Half Term 2

Angle problems

Angles and ratio

Angles and algebra

Parallel lines

Bearings

Comparing averages

Collecting data

Processing data

Half Term 3

Problems with percentage

Rearranging formulae

Inequalities including solving

Half Term 4

Constructions

Area problems

Circle formulae

Half Term 5

Calculating probabilities

Problems with probability

Half Term 6

Straight line graphs

Finding the gradient

Transformations 

Vectors 

Congruency and similar shapes


Year 8

Half Term 1

Error Intervals

Standard Form

Ratio problem solving

Further manipulation of algebra including multiplying out double brackets

Problem solving with algebra

Sequences – using the nth term

Half Term 2

Multi step angle problems

Pythagoras’ Theorem

Interior and exterior angles of shapes

Averages from tables, charts and graphs

Pie charts

Scatter Graphs

Half Term 3

Percentage increase and decrease using a decimal multiplier.

Percentages in real life situations

Solving complex inequalities

Simultaneous Equations

Proof

Half Term 4

Volume of a cylinder

Area of a trapezium

Loci

Scale drawings

Half Term 5

Probabilities with tree diagrams

Venn diagrams

Finding the equations of linear graphs (y= mx + c)

Quadratic graphs

Half Term 6

Enlargements

Describing Transformations


Year 9

Half Term 1

Calculating with Standard Form

Proportion problems

Using Formulae

Quadratic Sequences

Factorising quadratics

Half Term 2

Cumulative frequency diagrams

Comparing data using boxplots

Problems involving Pythagoras’ Theorem

Trigonometry

Half Term 3

Reverse percentage

Compound interest

Algebraic methods of solving simultaneous equations

Half Term 4

Volume and surface area of spheres and cones

Area and perimeter of sectors of a circle

Half Term 5

Dependent probability

Solving problems with Venn diagrams

Real Life Graphs

Half Term 6

Enlargements with fractional scale factors

Calculations with vectors


Year 10

Half Term 1

Surds

Direct and inverse proportion

Factorising complex quadratics

Half Term 2

Shapes and angles

Trigonometry and Pythagoras Theorem in 3D

Histograms

Stratified sampling

Half Term 3

Converting recurring decimals to fractions

Quadratic Equations including the quadratic formulae.

Half Term 4

Volume and surface area of hemispheres and frustrums

Half Term 5

Conditional Probabilty

Linear and Quadratic graphs

Graphs of other functions

Half Term 6

Enlargements with negative scale factors

Problems with transformations and geometry

Vector geometry


Year 11

Half Term 1

Review and Recall key elements of exam specification, in addition higher students may study:

Surds

Non right angle trigonometry

Half Term 2

Review and Recall key elements of exam specification, in addition higher students may study:

Quadratic equations  

Circle theorems

Half Term 3

Review and Recall key elements of exam specification, in addition higher students may study:

Functions and algebraic proof

Vectors

Half Term 4

Exam Preparation

Half Term 5

Exam Preparation

Half Term 6

Students will have left.