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Mathematics: Curriculum Outline (Year 7)

The outline below in an indication of the syllabus taught in Year 7.  Please note that this should be read in conjunction with the Homework Policy which can be found on page 19 of the Handbook for Parents and Students which is distributed at the beginning of each year.

Year 7:

How is Maths taught?
Maths is taught in two bands: 'x' (Houses CFJ) and 'y' (Houses MRT).  Each band is divided into four groups set by ability from November of Year 7.  Movement between sets is possible.
Topics covered:
The topics covered in each of the themed units are listed below. Homework will be set which consolidates these topics, and will require the use of computers. Ideas for extension work are also listed if you would like to support your daughter in extra study at home.   Students are taught in two 1 hour lessons per week.

Data Handling Transition Project ‘Me and my…’: 

Pupils develop statistics and data handling skills by collecting and analysing data about themselves.
Topics covered:
  • Averages (mode, mean, median)
  • Planning an investigation and collecting data
  • Representing data using graphs and charts: bar charts, pictograms and pie charts
  • Interpreting data
  • Scatter graphs and correlation
  • Mean of grouped data
Key Assessment:
  • Presentation of findings and conclusions

Investigate the World

Pupils develop number and shape skills in the context of populaton and area data about countries of the world and the shape and symmetry properties of flags.
Topics covered:
  • Place value, reading/writing large numbers
  • Rounding (to nearest 10, 100, 1 or 2 decimal places)
  • Using a calculator
  • Using a formula
  • Plotting graphs – choosing scale, using excel, comparing 2 sets of data/graphs
  • Symmetry – line, rotation
  • Transformations – reflection
  • Area and perimeter: square, rectangles, triangles, parallelogram
  • Constructions using compasses: triangles, line and angle bisectors
  • Significant figures
  • Standard form
  • Rotations and enlargement
  • Area of a trapezium
  • Congruency
  • Drawing and measuring angles
Key Assessments:
  • Design of a flag using symmetry and the key constructions
  • End of topic test

Maths Magic

Pupils develop algebra and number skills by considering `mind reading’ card, dice and domino tricks.
Topics covered:
  • Writing and simplifying expressions by collecting like terms
  • Expanding brackets (single and double)
  • Substitution
  • Solving simple equations (unknown on 1 side and 2 steps)
  • Negative numbers
  • Multiplication of 2 and 3 digit numbers
  • Fractions: adding, subtracting, mixed numbers, simplifying/equivalent fractions
  • Expanding double brackets
  • Factorising expressions
  • Multiplying and dividing fractions
  • Solving harder equations (unknown on both side)
Key Assessments
  • End of topic test

Life in 3D

A unit of work which develops 3D shape skills through a project to design houses, washing machines and investigate other amazing facts about everyday life.
Topics covered:
  • Isometric drawing
  • Plans and elevations
  • Nets
  • Volume of cubes and cuboids
  • Recognising 3D shapes – key features
  • Using a formula
  • Percentages
  • Using a calculator appropriately 
  • Budget planning and costings
  • Surface area
  • Scale drawing
  • Units of measurement
Key Assessment:
  • Estate Agent Brochure
  • End of topic test
The themed units will be followed by lessons to consolidate number skills in preparation for the end of year progress test in early June.
Book/Resources/Web page references
For Students:
BBC Bite-Size Maths  and  Mathswatch disk for levels 3-5.
1.    For Set 1 Students, Junior Maths Challenge papers.
2.    Drop in tutor-sessions for help with homework. These are on Thursday afternoons.
To view the Maths curriculum outline for other year groups, please click the respective year group below.
Year 8               Year 9
Year 10            Year 11
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