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Year 8 ICalculate Curriculum

Year 8 Autumn term

Mathematics 

During Year 8, learners will continue to build on previous mathematical knowledge. They will study topics taken from Algebra, Geometry, Measures, Number, and Data. During the first half of the term, learners will study proportional reasoning, with a focus on ratio and scale, multiplicative change and multiplying and dividing fractions. In the second half of the Autumn term, learners will further develop their skills in beginning to understand the equation of a straight line, functions and graphs, and probability. learners will be introduced to Hegartymaths in order to support them to become ambitious and capable learners.

Numeracy

During year 8 numeracy lessons learners will spend time developing both their numeracy reasoning and procedural skills. These skills will include; area and perimeter; calculations involving buying and selling; volume of cubes and cuboids; interpreting graphs; probability using two way tables; application of time and finding percentages of amounts. Reasoning lessons are designed to develop their skills in question analysis and how to communicate their answers clearly.

 

Year 8 Spring term

Mathematics

The spring term for Year 8 will begin with algebraic techniques consisting of expanding brackets, factorising into single brackets, form equations from worded scenarios, construct and solve equations that include brackets and fractions, solving both equations and inequalities, sequences, and the application of indices. The second half of the spring term will consist of developing their number skills including fractions, percentages, standard Index Form, and number sense. 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, including from a table; collecting data, displaying data using various graphs including bar graphs, frequency diagrams and pie charts and being able to interpret these graphs, and the data handling cycle. Reasoning lessons are designed to develop their skills in question analysis and how to communicate their answers clearly.

Year 8 Summer term

Mathematics

Throughout the summer terms students will move onto topics such as indices, algebraic techniques and solving equations and inequalities. 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 independent taks on Hegarty Maths with continue to be set either as preparation for upcoming lessons or consolidation of previously taught 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, compound and simple interest, loans and credit cards, salaries and budgeting. Reasoning lessons are designed to develop their skills in question analysis and how to communicate their answers clearly.