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Year 7 ICalculate Curriculum

Year 7 Autumn term

During year 7, learners build on the knowledge and skills learned in primary school to master specific skills.  In particular, they study the following areas of mathematics: Algebra, Geometry, Measures, Number and Data.  During the first half of the Autumn term, learners study the application of numbers, which involves problem solving with addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. The first half of the Autumn term will also include the use of fractions and percentages. In the second half of the autumn term learners study lines and angles including angle rules within shapes and on parallel lines, the construction of triangles and pie charts. Learners are introduced to a variety of interactive mathematical resources such as Hegarty Maths, My Maths and MangaHigh to support their learning journey.

During year 7 numeracy lessons, learners spend time developing both their numeracy reasoning and procedural skills.  These skills include multiplication and division; factors and multiples; application of sequences; calculating percentages; application of time and time intervals; cost and budget.  Reasoning lessons are designed to develop their skills in question analysis and how to communicate their answers clearly.  Learners develop their critical thinking skills by completing DICE tasks in authentic contexts across the curriculum.  They are given the opportunity to apply their mathematical & numerical skills across the ILearn curriculum in real authentic contexts.

Year 7 Spring term

Mathematics

During the spring term, students will continue to build on the foundations of mathematics developed in primary school.  More specifically they will be developing their algebraic thinking skills.  Students will further develop their understanding of sequences, algebraic notation and its application, and equality and equivalence of numbers. Students will be solving problems with the rules of sequences involving numbers and patterns, plotting and reading coordinates in all four quadrants, and solving equations involving inequalities. Through the spring term students will further apply their knowledge to a range of reasoning style questions in the form of DICE tasks. If your child requires any extra support with their independent maths or numeracy work, the Numeracy Surgery will take place after school on Tuesdays and at lunchtime on Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursdays.

Numeracy

Students will spend this half term developing both numeracy reasoning and procedural skills. Some of the topics that will be covered during the spring term are as follows; averages: mean, median mode; collecting data, displaying data using various graphs including bar graphs, frequency diagrams and pie charts and the data handling cycle. Reasoning lessons are designed to develop their skills in question analysis and how to communicate their answers clearly.

Year 7 summer term

Mathematics

Throughout the summer terms students will move onto topics such as equality and equivalence, directed number and fractional thinking and understanding and using algebraic notation . Through the summer term students will further apply their knowledge to a range of reasoning style questions in the form of DICE tasks. There are many online resources for students to continue to use to help consolidate the skills taught in lessons independently such as MathsWatch - https://vle.mathswatch.co.uk/vle/ , MyMaths https://login.mymaths.co.uk/login  and Hegarty Maths https://hegartymaths.com/ . Weekly Numeracy Ninja booklets with continue to be set to continue to develop the students fluency and accuracy with key mathematical skills. If you child requires any support with content from lessons, independent tasks or general confidence with mathematics we encourage them to attend The Numeracy Surgery. The Numeracy Surgery continues to run at lunchtimes from Tuesday to Thursday and afterschool on Tuesday for any extra support with maths or numeracy work.

Numeracy

Students will spend this half term developing both numeracy reasoning and procedural skills. The skills developed will not only benefit mathematics and numeracy but also encourage their cross-curricular numeracy skills to mature. As a result learners should see an overlap of skills used and topics covered in their numeracy lessons within other subject areas. The focus of this half term will be financial maths where learners will look at personal finance such as accounts, savings, interest and loans, credit cards, salaries and budgeting. Reasoning lessons are designed to develop their skills in question analysis and how to communicate their answers clearly.