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Welcome to

St Albans Girls' School

Mathematics

We aim to deliver high quality lessons which inspire, instil confidence and motivate all learners to achieve their best. All our enthusiastic students are able to apply Mathematics in real life situations without limitations or stereotypes.

The Department

Curriculum Leader: Mr J Hughes                                                                                                                                                       Deputy Curriculum Leader: Miss B Soler                                                                                                                                            KS4 Coordinator: Mrs H Rock                                                                                                                                     

KS3

What will be studied?

Our Year 7 and Year 8 Schemes of Learning focus on building students’ key skills in specific areas and applying these to solve a range of related problems. The level of challenge is high and learning is modelled using a concrete/pictorial/abstract approach to help students develop understanding. Students are organised into broad bands based on prior attainment and teacher assessment. Year 9 is a foundation year to prepare students for the challenges of GCSE; the scheme of learning enhances and strengthens key aspects of the Year 7 and Year 8 programmes of study that are featured in the GCSE syllabus whilst having a preview of some of the content and assessment particular to the GCSE course.

Year 7     

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Negative Real Numbers

Factors and Multiples

Fractions

Decimals

Percentages

Collecting, organising and displaying data

Statistical graphs

Ratio, Rate and Speed               Introduction to Algebra

 

 

 

Simple Equations

Angles, Parallel Lines and Triangles

Angles in Quadrilaterals and Polygons

Transformations, Symmetry and Congruence

Perimeter and Area of Triangles and Circles

Surface Area and Volume of Cuboids, including Cubes

Year 8     

Approximation and Estimation

Indices and Standard Form

More Percentages

Algebraic Expressions, Formulae and Proof

Equations and Inequalities in One Variable

Coordinates and Linear Functions

Non-Linear Graphs

Number Patterns

Geometric Construction and Loci

Pythagoras’ Theorem

Perimeter and Area of Parallelograms and Trapezia

Volume and Surface Area of Prisms and Cylinders

Data Analysis

Probability and Sets 

Trigonometry in Right-Angled Triangles

St Albans Girls' School regularly enters teams into the UKMT Maths Challenges which allow students to test their problem-solving skills in a national competition. Our students regularly receive Gold awards and in recent years we have had students qualify for Olympiads as a result of exceptional performance in these challenges.

How can I support my daughter?

  • Mathswatch has a range of explanatory videos and home learning tasks to support the learning taking place in class
  • Kerboodle has our textbooks (Discovering Mathematics) as well as other resources

  • Dr Frost Maths has all of our courses available to students who are logged in, and they can practice key skills and watch videos to support their learning
  • Encourage your daughter to practice her mental maths regularly by asking her what the time is, how much something will cost, how much change to expect etc. 

  • Encourage her to attend Maths Clubs to ask questions and get support from her class teacher

How are students assessed in Years 7 & 8?