# Maths

In Mathematics we aim to provide pupils with the skills and opportunities which will equip them to meet the challenges of the modern world. Mathematics is widely acknowledged to be an essential building block for the 21st Century and we rightly expect that all of our pupils will become masters of this crucial discipline.

The Mathematics department is a modern and well equipped facility.

### Maths Team

#### Autumn Term

Students will spend the half term completing an ‘Algebraic Thinking’ module. This will be split into 3 sub topics: sequences, algebraic notation and equality and equivalence.

Sequences: The intention is to explore sequences in detail, using both diagrams and numbers. Technology can be used to produce graphs, so students can appreciate the words ‘linear’ and ‘non-linear’. The use of calculators are encouraged in order that number skills do not hinder student’s work.

Algebraic Notation: Students will deepen their understanding of basic algebraic forms. The use of function machines, alongside bar models and letter notation, will provide students with lots of tools to understand the processes that are occurring. Inverse operations will be discussed and used, as will the substitution of values into unknowns.

Equality and Equivalence: Students are introduced to forming and solving equations. Again the sue of calculators is encouraged throughout. The key process of inverse operations is stressed. After this students will consider equality through collecting like terms.

#### Spring Term

Students will look at a range of topics through this term.

The first half term will be spent looking at applications of number, solving complex problems with the four operations.

The second half term will focus on directed number; how negative numbers affect the world around us, and fractional thinking, specifically the addition and subtraction of fractions and how we can use this knowledge to solve problems.

#### Autumn Term

Year 8 students are covering a range of topics in the opening half term: negative numbers, highest common factor (HCF) or lowest common multiple (LCM), adding and subtracting fractions and Venn diagrams. These are all key skills that build on from topics taught in year 7.

#### Spring Term

Year 8 will deepen their knowledge on representations, being introduced to scatter graphs, 2 way tables, Venn diagrams and grouped and ungrouped frequency tables. We will look at how these can be used to analyse data, and the advantages and disadvantages of each type of data representation.

We will then focus on algebraic techniques, building on prior knowledge of equations and inequalities, sequences and indices.