Maths Department

The mathematics department at SCCBS supports all pupils’ potential for achievement, providing them with a solid foundation of mathematical skills, whilst promoting a sense of wonder about the beauty of mathematics.

“Mathematics is the alphabet with which God has written the universe”

Galileo (1564 – 1642)

The Mathematics Department at St Columba’s will provide for all students mathematical experiences through spiritual, moral, cultural and social contexts – irrespective of their background, ability or race. These experiences should help the students to acquire the mathematical skills and understanding they need as they journey through life. Mathematics plays an important role in our lives. It is used in everyday activities such as buying food and clothes, keeping time and playing games.

All students at St Columbas study mathematics. We aim to provide a wide range of mathematical experiences enabling students to:

• acquire skills in mathematical thinking;

• develop conﬁdence in using and applying mathematics and to appreciate its challenges and aesthetic satisfaction within wider contexts;

• develop positive attitudes to mathematics and an understanding of its nature and purpose in a variety of relevant contexts;

• progress appropriately through a challenging programme of work differentiated to meet individual needs;

• develop, initiate and enjoy working cooperatively, collaboratively and individually.

Students are encouraged to develop their thinking skills and approaches to problem solving and enquiry using a range of techniques. The development of an understanding of number and its application, in particular the development of mental strategies and the use of appropriate language is a priority.

A wide range of teaching methods are used, in order to meet the varying needs of students. Included are whole class, small group and individualised learning approaches. The emphasis is on active learning. Active involvement in mathematical experiences, in real and relevant contexts is essential for the mathematical development of our students. This is particularly so in KS4 where ‘Functional Skills’ become the basis of study programmes. We are committed to providing a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum for all our students, presented at a level appropriate to the needs and ability of individual students.

An overview of the Maths Scheme of work is available below or a more detailed version is available here – Click Here

Year 7 | |

Autumn Term 1 | Integers and decimals Sequences and Functions Measures Solving Problems |

Autumn Term 2 | Fractions, Decimals and percentages Representing and Interpreting Data Expressions and Formulae Solving Problems |

Spring Term 1 | Calculation and Measure Probability 2D shapes and Construction Solving Problems |

Spring Term 2 | Integers, Functions and Graphs Percentages, Ratio and Proportion Expressions and Equations Solving Problems |

Summer Term 1 | Transformations and Symmetry Surveys and Data Calculations Solving Problems |

Summer Term 2 | Equations and Graphs 3D Shapes and Construction Solving Problems |

Year 8 | |

Autumn Term 1 | Integers Measures Probability Solving Problems |

Autumn Term 2 | Fractions, Decimals and percentages Expressions and Formulae Angles and 3D Shapes Solving Problems |

Spring Term 1 | Equations and Graphs Calculations Transformations Solving Problems |

Spring Term 2 | Sequences and Roots Collecting and Representing Data Ratio and Proportion Solving Problems |

Summer Term 1 | Algebra Construction and 3D Shapes Analysing and Interpreting Data Solving Problems |

Summer Term 2 | Calculation Plus Solving Problems |

Year 9 | |

Autumn Term 1 | Sequences and Graphs Proportional Reasoning Geometrical Reasoning and Construction Solving Problems |

Autumn Term 2 | Equations Surveys Measures Solving Problems |

Spring Term 1 | Calculations Graphs Solving Problems |

Spring Term 2 | Probability Transformations and Scale Solving Problems |

Summer Term 1 | Expressions and Formulae Interpreting Statistics Solving Problems |

Summer Term 2 | 3D Shapes and Trigonometry Calculation Plus Solving Problems |

Year 10 GCSE Foundation | |

Autumn Term 1 | Integers Decimals Coordinates Angles, lines and triangles Problem Solving / Functional Skills |

Autumn Term 2 | Reading scales and converting units Collecting data Charts and graphs Symmetry, Similarity and Congruence Problem Solving / Functional Skills |

Spring Term 1 | Types of Number Introduction of algebra Constructions Problem Solving / Functional Skills |

Spring Term 2 | Patterns and Sequences Properties of quadrilaterals and parallel lines Fractions Pie charts Problem Solving / Functional Skills |

Summer Term 1 | Fractions, Decimals and Percentages Applications of Percentages Algebra using powers and brackets Ratio and Proportion Problem Solving / Functional Skills |

Summer Term 2 | Linear equations and inequalities Perimeter and Area 3D shapes Problem Solving / Functional Skills |

Year 10 GCSE Higher | |

Autumn Term 1 | Integers and deciamls Coordinates Fractions Algebra Problem Solving / Functional Skills |

Autumn Term 2 | Shape and angle Collecting data Displaying data Construction and loci Problem Solving / Functional Skills |

Spring Term 1 | Types of number Patterns and sequences 2D and 3D shapes Problem Solving / Functional skills |

Spring Term 2 | Perimeter and Area Fractions, Decimals and Percentages Formulae and Linear Equations Problem Solving / Functional Skills |

Summer Term 1 | Linear Graphs Simultaneous Equations Probability Problem Solving / Functional Skills |

Summer Term 2 | Ratio and Scale Averages and Range Pythagoras and Trigonometry Problem Solving / Functional Skills |

Year 11 GCSE Foundation | |

Autumn Term 1 | Real-life Graphs Straight line graphs Compound Measures Timetables and Distance-time graphs Problem Solving / Functional Skills |

Autumn Term 2 | Volume Probability Formulae Angles properties of Polygons Problem Solving / Functional Skills |

Spring Term 1 | Transformations Scatter graphs and Correlation Averages and range Quadratic Graphs Problem Solving / Functional Skills |

Spring Term 2 | Trial and Improvement Circles Pythagoras’ Theorem Problem Solving / Functional Skills |

Summer Term 1 | Consolidation, revision and practice of all topics in preparation for external examinations |

Year 11 GCSE Higher | |

Autumn Term 1 | Trial and Improvement Surface Area and Volume Compound Measures Transformations Problem Solving / Functional Skills |

Autumn Term 2 | Similarity and Congruence Quadratic functions, graphs and equations Index notation and surds Problem Solving / Functional Skills |

Spring Term 1 | Circle theorems Sine and cosine rules Vectors Problem Solving / Functional Skills |

Spring Term 2 | Further graphs and functions Transformations of graph Problem Solving / Functional Skills |

Summer Term 1 | Consolidation, revision and practice of all topics in preparation for external examinations |