Mathematics - Year 7
Below you will find more specific information about the curriculum in Mathematics for Year 7 students, explaining to you what students will learn, when, why and how. There is also information about how parents/carers are able to support students in their learning, extra-curricular opportunities in this subject and how it links to other subjects and the wider world.
While this information covers a broad range of areas, please do get in touch with the KS3 Leader Miss Cockburn if you have any questions.
Please click on the questions below to find out more.
How are groups organised?
The year group is split into K and T Band by the HOY. The Maths department then sort each of the two bands into ability groups. There are 4 groups in K Band and 3 in T Band.
The classes have six hours of Maths teaching over a fortnight and classwork and tests done over the year.
What characteristics does a successful student have in this subject?
A mathematical student will be inquisitive looking for links between different topics and how they link to other subjects. They will enjoy problem solving and always be willing to give a question a go and persevere even if it does not go right the first time.
What are the key concepts students will study at this level?
The KS3 Maths course consists of questions covering the following areas –
- Ratio, proportion and rates of change
- Geometry and measures
What will students learn at this level?
Groups KA, TE, KB, KC, TF and TG: (this could be subject to change)
Term 1 approximately after Module 6
Term 2 approximately after Module 12
Group KD: (this could be subject to change)
Term 1 approximately after Module 5
Term 2 approximately after Module 10
Groups 7KA and 7TE
Module 1 - 4 rules, decimals and rounding.
Module 2 - Sequences and writing algebraic expressions.
Module 3 - Area, perimeter, surface area and volume.
Module 4 - Fractions, decimals and percentages.
Module 5 - Averages and probability.
Module 6 - Algebraic skills: substitution into algebraic expressions, expanding and simplifying expressions and solving equations.
Module 7 - Angles including parallel lines and interior and exterior angles. Co-ordinates
Module 8 - Representing and interpreting data.
Module 9 - Division and multiplication methods. BODMAS. Reading and interpreting scales. Using a calculator efficiently.
Module 10 - Multiples, factors and prime numbers. Triangular numbers. Drawing graphs.
Module 11 - Drawing and measuring angles. Symmetry. Constructions.
Module 12 - Percentages and ratio.
Module 13 - Further work on algebraic skills: substituting into expressions and formulas.
Module 14 - Travel graphs. Calculation of speed.
Module 15 - Reflection, rotation, translation and enlargement of shapes.
Groups 7KB, 7KC, 7TF, 7TG
Module 1 - Tables and charts. 4 rules, decimals and rounding.
Module 2 - Function machines and sequences.
Module 3 - Units of measure. Area, perimeter, surface area and volume. Properties of 2D and 3D shapes.
Module 4 - Fractions and percentages.
Module 5 - Averages and probability.
Module 6 - Algebraic skills: using simple formulae, substituting into expressions and solving simple equations.
Module 7 - Angles including parallel lines and interior and exterior angles. Co-ordinates.
Module 8 - Statistical methods.
Module 9 - Division and multiplication methods. BODMAS. Reading and interpreting scales.
Module 10 - Plotting and drawing linear functions and graphs.
Module 11 - Symmetry and constructions.
Module 12 - Percentages and ratio. Circumference of a circle.
Module 13 - Using algebra to solve problems.
Module 14 - Transformations.
Module 15 - Interpreting diagrams and graphs. More probability.
Module 1 - Interpreting time.
Module 2 - Sequences. Algebraic notation.
Module 3 - Solving 4 rules problems with money. Place value. Rounding and estimating.
Module 4 - Measurements. 3D shapes.
Module 5 - Fractions.
Module 6 - Averages and probability. Constructing bar charts.
Module 7 - Algebra: simple rules, substituting into expressions, solving expressions and solving equations.
Module 8 - Angles and co-ordinates.
Module 9 - Decimals. Order of operations. Multiplication and division.
Module 10 - Time and metric conversions.
Module 11 - Number: multiples, primes, factors. Distance time graphs. Conversion graphs.
Module 12 - Percentages. Ratio and proportion.
Module 13 - 3D shapes. Drawing and measuring angles. Transformations.
What skills will students develop at this level?
- Develop fluent knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts
- Acquire, select and apply mathematical techniques to solve problems
- Reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences, and draw conclusions
- Comprehend, interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context.
How will students learn at this level?
Mathematics is taught using a variety of techniques including the use of calculators but also written methods. There are opportunities for pupils to work individually, in pairs and in small groups. Pupils are expected to be able to explain their methods and show workings to support their answers.
How will students’ learning be assessed at this level?
Pupils have a test approximately one per half term covering three modules of work at a time.
They also have homework set weekly.
When do key assessments take place?
In June, soon after half term Year 7 pupils sit summer exams covering all of the work done during the year.
How can parents/carers support students’ learning?
Monitor that your child is doing homework set to the best of their ability and is being proactive when they do not understand. When a test/exam is coming up, there will always be revision sheets provided. Make sure that your child uses them when revising, possibly redoing questions they have had difficulty with.
Encourage them to work on My Maths or Maths Watch to look up topics they need more support or further practice on.
What equipment do students need for this subject?
- Scientific calculator – can be purchased from school
- Pair of compasses
How does this subject link to other subjects?
Science and Technology: Science and Maths are intimately connected, particularly in fields such as chemistry, astronomy and physics. Students who can't master basic arithmetic skills will struggle to read scientific charts and graphs. More complex Maths such as geometry and algebra can help students solve scientific problems. Maths is also important in practical sciences, such as engineering and computer science. Students may have to solve equations when writing computer programs and figuring out algorithms.
Humanities: Humanities often require students to review charts and graphs that provide data or information. Knowledge of basic mathematical terms and formulas makes statistical information accessible.
The Arts: Musical rhythm often follows complex mathematical series, and Maths can help students learn the basic rhythms of dances used in ballet and theatre performances. Art thrives on geometry, and students who understand basic geometric formulas can craft impressive art pieces.
What websites or resources may be helpful to support students’ learning?
CGP KS3 workbooks and revision guides
What extra-curricular or enrichment opportunities are available for students in this subject at this level?
Lunchtime Maths club
Hertfordshire Maths Challenge
What sort of careers can this subject lead to?
Business decision making. Engineering and Construction. Accountancy and other Financial services. Statistical analysis e.g. Business, Sport etc. Encryption coding. Security. Visual presentation of Data-Media services. Catering industry and a myriad of other careers
What does student work look like in this subject at this level?
Students mostly work in squared exercise books or on worksheets stuck into the books.