“Numbers are the highest degree of knowledge. It is knowledge itself.” – Plato
Mathematics equips pupils with uniquely powerful ways to describe, analyse and change the world. It can stimulate moments of pleasure and wonder for all pupils when they solve a problem for the first time, discover a more elegant solution, or notice hidden connections.
The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:
become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately;
reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language;
can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and nonroutine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.
At Bredon Hill Academy, our intent, for all pupils throughout the school, is to develop these skills whilst understanding links between different areas of mathematics and making connections with other subjects.
In learning about mathematical concepts our pupils develop their logical thinking skills which will aid problem solving in all areas of life.
Key Stage 2
Using transitional data provided by the local First Schools and our own initial assessment data, Year 6 pupils are placed in ‘learning groups’. Throughout the year they work on the National Curriculum Programme of Study for Year 6. Pupils then take the KS2 National Curriculum Tests (SATs) in May. Results of these are received in July.
Pupils follow the National Curriculum (2014). Much emphasis is placed on pupils’ mental arithmetic skills as well as their ability to carry out more complex calculations without the use of a calculator. There is also an emphasis on reasoning and problem solving.
Units covered throughout the year include:
Number: Place Value
Number: Four Operations
Geometry: Position and Direction
Measurement: Converting Units
Measurement: Perimeter, Area and Volume
Geometry: Properties of Shape
The Year 6 Scheme of Work is based upon the White Rose Maths scheme, which has been developed to suit the needs of the learners at Bredon Hill Academy.
Key Stage 3
Pupils follow the 2014 National Curriculum, with an emphasis on building pupils’ problem solving and reasoning skills. Pupils are encouraged to work in a variety of ways e.g. in pairs, groups and individually.
Assessment is carried out throughout the year through classwork, homework and regular testing. Towards the end of Year 8 pupils sit a transition test ready for moving on to High School.
Units covered throughout the year include:
Algebraic Thinking: Sequences
Algebraic Thinking: Understand and Use Notation
Algebraic Thinking: Equality and Equivalence
Place Value and Ordering: Place Value
Place Value and Ordering: Fraction, Decimal and Percentage Equivalence
Application of Number: Addition and Subtraction
Application of Number: Multiplication and Division
Application of Number: Fractions and Percentages of Amounts
Directed Number: Operations and Equations with Directed Number
Fractional Thinking: Addition and Subtraction of Fractions
Lines and Angles: Constructing, Measuring and Using Geometric Notation
Lines and Angles: Developing Geometric Reasoning
Reasoning with Number: Developing Number sense
Reasoning with Number: Sets and Probability
Reasoning with Number: Prime Numbers and Proof
The Year 7 Scheme of Work is based upon the White Rose Maths scheme, which has been developed to suit the needs of the learners at Bredon Hill Academy.
As this current year group progress into Year 8, they will continue to follow this scheme.
- Calculating: Four Operations
- Presentation and Measurement of Data
- Numbers and the Number System
- lgebraic Proficiency: Visualising
- Mathematical Movement
- Understanding Risk
- Pattern Sniffing
- Investigating Angles
- Calculating: Fractions, Decimals and Percentages
- Solving Equations and Inequalities
- Calculating Space
- Calculating: Directed Number
- Visualising and Constructing
- Algebraic Proficiency: Tinkering
- Exploring Fractions, Decimals and Percentages
- Proportional Reasoning
Numeracy Ninjas is a Key Stage 3 numeracy intervention designed to fill gaps in students’ basic mental calculation strategies and also to empower them with the numeracy skills and fluency required to fully access GCSE mathematics concepts when they move to Key Stage 4 study.
All pupils in KS3 at Bredon Hill Academy take part in Numeracy Ninjas as part of their studies – it is designed to enable pupils’ retrieval of numeracy concepts, promoting regular practice of prior knowledge.
Numeracy Ninjas is an enjoyable way to recap work and promotes an element of competition with pupils themselves and with other pupils. Each half term, there is an inter-house competition, together with Ninjas of the half term, nominated by class teachers. High achieving pupils can compete for Grand Ninja status.
In order to successfully access the curriculum, pupils must understand key mathematical vocabulary – the importance of this is highlighted to pupils in lessons. Time is spent discussing new words as they arise and their meanings, together with looking at links to other everyday words that pupils use. During each topic, vocabulary introduced previously is revisited. The importance of spelling these words correctly is also emphasised. Pupils keep a glossary at the back of their classwork books and are encourage to add new words to this.
A list of keywords for both KS2 and KS3 can be found on the links below. Clearly, there will be much overlap between them.
As a department, we provide many extra-curricular activities to aid pupils’ learning. Some examples of these opportunities include:
Turing Tumble Club
CyberFirst Girls Competition
UKMT Mathematical Challenges (Year 7 & 8)
BHA Maths Challenge (Year 6)
STEM visit to The Big Bang Fair at the NEC (Year 7 & 8) (when possible)
Visits to Prince Henry’s High School and The DeMontfort School for workshops supporting More Able Gifted and Talented and Pupil Premium children (where possible)
Pupils will be provided with login details for these websites which will be recorded in their planners.
By the end of Year 8 at Bredon Hill Academy, pupils should be confident, resilient and competent mathematicians, equipped with the skills needed for their future mathematical journey.
As individuals and as a department, we are passionate about mathematics and in sharing this passion we hope to shape the mathematicians of the future. In doing so, we help children to see the importance of mathematics and its applications in life, as well as the enjoyment that mathematics can bring.
Further successes in mathematics
In 2020-21, 10 pupils took part in the UKMT Intermediate Maths Challenge, with Pupils achieving a variety of Bronze and Silver certificates.
One pupil proceeded to the Grey Kangaroo, achieving a certificate of merit.
In the same year, 30 pupils took part in the UKMT Junior Maths Challenge, with 1 Gold, 4 Silver and 12 Bronze certificates being awarded.
Further to this, 1 pupil proceeded to the Junior Kangaroo, achieving a certificate of qualification.