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Maths

What’s it all about?

Within mathematics there are 5 strands:

  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Geometry & Measure
  • Statistics & Probability
  • Ratio, Proportion & Rates of Change

For each of these components we teach new skills that are centred around problem solving and can be used in real life.

Students are taught in mixed ability groups with a top set for extension at KS3. At KS4 you will be placed in classes with other students of similar ability.

You will be working towards GCSE Mathematics. We will make sure you are on track for success through short assessments throughout the term, giving you an opportunity to review and improve your work. There are extra opportunities for different maths qualifications to cater for all students needs eg Further maths GCSE.

IN BRIEF: Mathematics incorporates learning skills and applies these in the real world.

You can see what topics are studied across each year group below:

Year Curriculum content
7 • Place value, 4 operations and rounding • Negative numbers • Powers, roots and BIDMAS • Introducing algebra: expressions and substitution • Measurements, perimeter and area • Lines and angles • Fractions and equivalence • Solving linear equations 1 • Percentages and equivalence • Ratio and scale  • Representing frequency
8 • Properties of number • Fraction arithmetic • Angles in parallel lines • Solving linear equations 2 • Harder percentages • Ratio and proportional reasoning • Rounding and accuracy • Perimeter, area and volume • Probability • Rearranging formulae • Sequences • Graphs of linear equations • Transformations • Averages, range and handling data
9 Higher • Calculations and rounding • Indices and roots • Factors, multiples, and primes • Algebra basics • Sequences • Averages and range • Representing data • Fractions and percentages • Ratio and proportion • Polygonos and angles • Pythagoras • Trigonometry • Graphs • Perimeter and area • Volume • Accuracy and bounds
Foundation • Integers and place value • Decimals • Indices, powers and roots • Factors, multiples and primes • Algebra • Expression and substitution • Tables, charts and graphs • Pie Charts • Scatter graphs • Fractions, decimals and percentages • Percentages • Equations and inequalities • Sequences • Properties of shapes • Interior and exterior angles • Statistics • Perimeter, area and volume • Real-life graphs • Straight- line graphs
10 Higher • Calculations and rounding • Indices and roots • Factors, multiples, and primes • Algebra basics • Sequences • Averages and range • Representing data • Fractions and percentages • Ratio and proportion • Polygonos and angles • Pythagoras • Trigonometry • Graphs • Perimeter and area • Volume • Accuracy and bounds
Foundation • Integers and place value • Decimals • Indices, powers and roots • Factors, multiples and primes • Algebra • Expression and substitution • Tables, charts and graphs • Pie Charts • Scatter graphs • Fractions, decimals and percentage • Percentages • Equations and inequalities • Sequences • Properties of shapes • Interior and exterior angles • Statistics • Perimeter, area and volume • Real-life graphs • Straight- line graphs
11 Higher • Transformations • Constructions • Solving quadratics • Inequalities • Probability • Multiplicative reasoning • Similarity and reasoning • Trig. graphs • Further Trig • Collecting data • Cumulative frequency, box plots • Quadratics • Circle theorem • Circle geometry • Advanced algebra • Vectors and proof • Advanced graphs
Foundation • Transformations • Ratio • Proportion • Right-angled triangles • Probability • Multiplicative reasoning • Plans and elevations • Constructions • Quadratics equations • Quadratic graphs • Circles and cylinders • Fractions and reciprocals • Indices and standard form • Similarity and congruency • Advanced algebra

Staff

  • Laura Evans, BA (Hons), PGCE - Head of Department
  • Rachael Cox BSc, PGCE - Second in Department
  • David Busby BSc (Hons), PGCE - KS3 Maths Coordinator
  • Laura Donnelly BSc, PGCE - Assistant SENCo
  • Cassie Weeks LLB, PGCE
  • Ross Garvey BSc, PGCE
  • Sarah Hardy BSc (Hons)PGCE
  • Ray Douglas BA (Hons) PGCE
  • Bev Jervis (Maths intervention teacher)

Useful website

  • Hegarty Maths - we subscribe to Hegarty Maths where students can log in, watch videos and take quizzes on every area of maths covered. Teachers will recommend or set topics for students to gain additional support or to stretch themselves. 

Students can login with name and DOB
Password: (Their own password)

  • Times Table Rockstar - we also subscribe to TT Rockstars which allows students to further develop their numeracy skills through competitions. All students have a personalised login for both websites so teachers can track usage. 

Login details:

School: Orchard School Bristol
Username: Child's surname and first initial (eg. JONESA)
Password: Child's surname and first initial (eg. JONESA)

Additional resources

  • Calculators, revision guides and revision cards are available to purchase through ParentPay
  • Click here for some ideas on how to help your child see the maths in everyday life. 
  • Watch our video on Orchard School Bristol's Numeracy Policy!

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