"Without Mathematics, there’s nothing you can do. Everything around you is Mathematics.

Everything around you is numbers."

Shakuntala Devi

 

Mathematics Department Staff

For more information about the Subject curriculum, please contact: Mrs R Llewellyn-Ball the Curriculum Leader

  • Mrs R Llewellyn-Ball - Curriculum Leader
  • Mr D Blackburn - Second in Department
  • Miss H Corner - Teacher of Maths
  • Mr M Daniels - Teacher of Maths
  • Miss A Hunkin - Teacher of Maths & Numeracy Co-ordinator
  • Mr G Jennings - Teacher of Maths (Head of Worden) 
  • Miss A Kirby - Teacher of Maths
  • Mrs C Speakman - Teacher of Maths 

 

"Pure Maths is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas." Albert Einstein


Balshaw's Maths Department seek to foster a love of the language of Mathematics and equip students with the problem-solving strategies and Mathematical skills they will need in the future.

Key Stage 3

All students, whatever their starting point follow the KS3 National Curriculum studying all 6 strands of:

• Number

• Algebra

• Ratio, proportion and rates of change

• Geometry and Measures

• Probability

• Statistics

Students are placed in mixed prior attainment groups and are encouraged to aim high with “teaching to the top” and scaffolding to support all students.

For more information, please below:

YEAR 7

 

Year 7 Order of Topics

TERM 1

Number Operations

Negative Numbers

Understanding Ratio

HALF TERM

Basic Algebra Notation and Operations

Angle Properties

Rounding and Estimation

 

CHRISTMAS BREAK

TERM 2

Basic Probability

Powers, Roots, Factors, Multiples and Primes

Algebraic Substitution

HALF TERM

Working with Fractions

Expanding Brackets

Perimeter, Area and Volume

 

EASTER BREAK

TERM 3

Solving Linear Equations

Types of Charts

Fractions, Decimals and Percentages

Measure and Conversion

HALF TERM

3D Shapes and Nets

Basic Percentages

Sequences

Data Types and Averages

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

YEAR 8 

 

 

Year 8 Order of Topics

TERM 1

Factors, Multiples and Primes

Algebra Review, Functions and Formulae

HALF TERM

Identifying Shapes and Constructions

Number Review

 

CHRISTMAS BREAK

TERM 2

Circles

Solving Equations and Inequalities

HALF TERM

Listing Outcomes and Relative Frequency

Further Percentages

Identities in Algebra

 

EASTER BREAK

TERM 3

Coordinates and Graphs

Direct and Inverse Proportion

Graphs, Equations and Gradient

HALF TERM

Congruence and Similarity

Graphs and Charts Review

Frequency Trees, Two-Way Tables and Venn Diagrams

Grouped Data and Averages

 

YEAR 9 

 

Year 9 Order of Topics

TERM 1

Number Review

Further Angle Properties

Scale Diagrams and Bearings

Algebra Review

HALF TERM

Coordinates and Linear Graphs

Rounding and Limits of Accuracy

Collecting and Representing Data

 

CHRISTMAS BREAK

TERM 2

Sequences

Further Perimeter and Area

Real Life Graphs

HALF TERM

Circumference and Area

Ratio and Proportion

Equations

 

EASTER BREAK

TERM 3

Probability

Scatter Graphs

Standard Form

Transformations

HALF TERM

Constructions and Loci

Pythagoras’ Theorem

2D Representations of 3D Shapes

 

Key Stage 4 and GCSE

The Mathematics Department at Balshaw’s enter all students for the AQA Mathematics GCSE. We follow the AQA route map which allows for plenty pf problem solving activities, retrieval practice and interleaving of the subject. Students may be entered for either:

· Higher Tier GCSE Mathematics (grades 9 – 4)

· Foundation Tier GCSE Mathematics (grades 5 – 1)

For more information, please see below.

Year 10

 

Year 10 Foundation Order of Topics

TERM 1

Standard Form Review

Calculating with Percentages

Measures

HALF TERM

Statistical Measures

Indices

Algebra and Sequences Review

 

CHRISTMAS BREAK

TERM 2

Congruence and Similarity

Introduction to Trigonometry

HALF TERM

Further Perimeter and Area

Linear Graphs Review and Extension

Further Circumference and Area

 

EASTER BREAK

TERM 3

Simultaneous Equations

Properties of Polygons

Real Life Graphs

HALF TERM

Probability Review and Extension

Constructions and Loci Review

Volume

 

 

Year 10 Higher Order of Topics

TERM 1

Standard Form Review

Calculating with Percentages

Measures

HALF TERM

Surds

Statistical Measures

Indices

 

CHRISTMAS BREAK

TERM 2

Properties of Polygons

Congruence and Similarity

Pythagoras’ Theorem Review

HALF TERM

Introduction to Trigonometry

Simultaneous Equations

Probability

 

EASTER BREAK

TERM 3

Introduction to Quadratics and Rearranging Formulae

Volume

Linear and Quadratic Equations and their Graphs

Sketching Graphs

HALF TERM

Trigonometry Recap and Extension

Growth and Decay

The Equation of a Circle

 

Year 11

 

Year 11 Foundation Order of Topics

TERM 1

Algebra Review

Quadratics, Rearranging Formulae and Identities

Inequalities

HALF TERM

Pythagoras’ Theorem Review and Extension

Trigonometry

 

CHRISTMAS BREAK

TERM 2

Direct and Inverse Proportion

Algebra and graphs

Growth and Decay

HALF TERM

Solving Quadratics

Quadratic Graphs

Sketching Graphs

 

EASTER BREAK

TERM 3

Vectors

Revision

Revision

Revision

HALF TERM

Revision

 

 

Year 11 Higher Order of Topics

TERM 1

Further Quadratics, Rearranging Formulae and Identities

Direct and Inverse Proportion

Further Equations and Graphs

HALF TERM

Inequalities

Vectors

 

CHRISTMAS BREAK

TERM 2

Further Sketching Graphs

Sine and Cosine Rules

Transforming Functions

HALF TERM

Numerical Methods

Circle Theorems

Rates of Change

 

EASTER BREAK

TERM 3

Pre-calculus and Area Under a Curve

Algebraic Fractions

Revision

HALF TERM

Revision

 

Assessment in Mathematics at Balshaw's

Numeracy

 Numeracy is a ‘number sense’ giving the ability to cope with the mathematical demands of further education, employment, and adult life. This includes: 

  • The ability to carry out basic calculations efficiently and accurately, either mentally or with pencil and paper as appropriate. 
  • The ability to apply knowledge of number to both familiar and new circumstances and to use it in the solution of problems, including those involving percentages, ratio, and proportion.  
  • The ability to understand and use units of measurement of length, mass, capacity, and time. 
  • The ability to understand and use information presented in graphs, tables, and charts.

At Balshaw's we endeavour to ensure our students leave as well-rounded students, ready for their future.  Being numerate allows us to function responsibly in everyday life through being able to hold down a good job as well as taking on responsibilities as a householder – paying the bills, finding the right deals etc. 

To support our staff in delivering numeracy, we have created a handbook which details the roles and responsibilities of all staff, as well as guidance and support. This can be found here.

To support our staff in ensuring consistency in delivery of numeracy we have created a 'how to' booklet of methods that are taught in Mathematics lessons. This booklet is also to support parents in helping with children's numeracy at home. This can be found here.

 

Extra Resources

  • BBC Bitesize - this has lots of online lessons and assessments
  • Corbettmaths - this has lots of videos, worksheets and exam type questions
  • Just Maths - ask your teacher for your login
  • Keshmaths - exam type questions