The Mathematics department at John Smeaton Academy is an exciting department that is growing in quality and strength. It has a strong cohort of staff who are enthusiastic, dynamic and who are committed to ensuring all students achieve the best grades possible.
In the Mathematics department, we understand the different abilities of students and as a result, place students in sets based on ability across two parallel bands. Students are assessed each half term on topics they have been studying. We test all students at the end of each half term which provides students, parents and staff with an Age Related Grade (ARG). This informs us about what grade the student is heading towards achieving at the end of their GCSE’s.
KS3 Curriculum
In Y7&8, students follow a Mastery curriculum which builds upon skills learned at KS2. Students study 21 topics over the 3 terms. Each topic is called a Key Performance Indicator (KPI). Once a topic is completed, we check student’s understanding with a short, low pressure KPI quiz. Following all assessments or quizzes, students will focus on their weak topics and improve with the help of Hegarty Maths. At KS3, there is a strong emphasis on helping students get into the correct routines and become independent learners, ready for the more difficult topics studied in KS4.
KS4 Curriculum
KS4 students at JSA follow a 3 year GCSE Scheme of Work from Y9 through to Y11. Halfway through Y10, the curriculum splits into a Higher and Foundation SOW. Similarly to KS3, students complete a KPI quiz to check understanding following every topic covered. In Y9 & Y10, students complete an assessment based on topics covered every half term, to provide us with an ARG and identify areas of strength and areas for improvement.
In Y11, students complete 2 full ‘Mock Exams’ in the exam hall, to help inform teachers of students’ areas of weakness using Question Level Analysis, and prepare students for the Summer exam series.
Home learning
Every student at John Smeaton Academy has access to an outstanding online learning platform called Hegarty Maths. Each half term, students receive a set of skills to complete at home. These skills located in students planners, link directly to revision for their next assessment. It is expected all skills are completed at home with parental support each half term.
Sparx Y7 Home Learning Letter.pdf
Revision
To ensure students have every opportunity to achieve, extra revision sessions are run after school most nights, depending on teacher availability. We also provide revision guides, multiple past exam papers and other resources to help students achieve their potential in maths.
Department staff
Mr C Peters – Head of mathematics (Associate Senior Leader)
Mr M Wood – Second in Maths
Mr A Huddlestone – Teacher of Maths (Assistant Principle)
Miss S Powell – Teaching and Learning Lead (ITT/NQT Coordinator)
Mr S Lambe – Teacher of Maths
Miss E Price – Teacher of Maths
Mrs M Gogoi – Teacher of Maths
Miss M Virdee – Teacher of Maths
Supporting your child
Obviously we will do everything possible to ensure students achieve their potential but below are some useful links that can be used to help further students’ home study:
https://hegartymaths.com/
https://www.mathsgenie.co.uk/papers.html
https://corbettmaths.com/
https://www.onmaths.com/
Year 7 SOW

Term

Topic

KPIs related to topic content

HT1

Place value and Number sense

7.01

Understand and use place value for decimals, measures and integers of any size

Addition and Subtraction

7.02

Use Addition and Subtraction, including formal written methods, applied to integers, decimals

Perimeter

7.03

Calculate and solve problems involving perimeters of rectangles and compound shapes (not circles)

Rounding & Estimation (in real life situations)

7.04

Estimate calculations by rounding

HT2

Multiplication and Division

7.05

Use Multiplication and Division, including formal written methods, applied to integers, decimals

Factors and Multiples

7.06

Use the concepts and vocabulary of prime numbers, factors (or divisors), multiples, common factors, common multiples, highest common factor, lowest common multiple

Area of rectangles and triangles and parallelograms

7.07

Derive and apply formulae to calculate and solve problems involving area of triangles and rectangles

HT3

Fractions as part of a whole

7.08

Express one quantity as a fraction of another, where the fraction is less than 1 and greater than 1

Fractions as a value

7.09

Use addition and subtraction, including formal written methods, applied to proper and improper fractions, and mixed numbers

7.10

Compare and order fractions by creating common denominators

Fractions as an operation

7.11

Interpret fractions as operators

HT4

Order of operations

7.12

Solve calculations requiring understanding of BIDMAS (know that the inverse of squaring is ‘square rooting’)

Basic rules of algebra

7.13

Use the basic rules of algebra

Expand and factorise

7.14

Simplify and manipulate algebraic expressions to maintain equivalence by multiplying a single term over a bracket or by taking out common factors

Substitution

7.15

Substitute into simple formulae

HT5/6

Angles

7.16

Apply the properties of angles at a point, angles at a point on a straight line, vertically opposite angles

Polygons

7.17

Derive, describe and illustrate properties of triangles, quadrilaterals and other plane figures [for example, equal lengths and angles] using appropriate language and technologies

Symmetry and reflection

7.18

Describe, sketch and draw regular polygons, and other polygons that are reflectively and rotationally symmetric

Coordinates

7.19

Read and plot coordinates in all 4 quadrants

HT6

Mean

7.20

Describe, interpret and compare observed distributions of a single variable through the use of the mean

Two way tables & Venn diagrams

7.21

Enumerate sets and unions/intersections of sets systematically, using tables, grids and Venn diagrams

Year 8 SOW

Term

Topic

KPIs related to topic content

HT1

Indices

8.01

Use integer powers and associated real roots (square, cube and higher), recognise powers of 2, 3, 4, 5 and distinguish between exact representations of roots and their decimal approximations

Prime Factorisation

8.02

Use the concepts and vocabulary of prime numbers, factors (or divisors), multiples, common factors, common multiples, HCF, LCM, prime factorisation, including using product notation and the unique factorisation property

Rounding

8.03

Round numbers and measures to an appropriate degree of accuracy [for example, to a number of decimal places or significant figures]

Fractions

8.04

Multiply and divide fractions and mixed numbers

Negative Number Review

8.05

Negative Number Manipulation

HT2

Linear equations

8.06

Use algebraic methods to solve linear equations in one variable (including all forms that require rearrangement)

8.07

Model situations or procedures by translating them into algebraic expressions or formulae and by using graphs

Coordinates and basic graphs

8.08

Coordinates and developing algebraic relationships

HT3

Units of measurement

8.09

Use standard units of mass, length, time, money and other measures, including with decimal quantities

Angles

8.10

Understand and use the relationship between parallel lines and alternate and corresponding angles

8.11

Calculate interior and exterior angles of (regular) polygons

Circumference

8.12

Calculate and solve problems involving perimeters of 2D shapes (including circles) and composite shapes

HT4

Proportional reasoning

8.13

Understand that a multiplicative relationship between two quantities can be expressed as a ratio or a fraction

Fractions, decimals and percentages

8.14

Solve problems involving percentage change, including: percentage increase, decrease, original value problems and simple interest in financial mathematics

Ratio

8.15

Divide a given quantity into two parts in a given part:part or part:whole ratio; express the division of a quantity into two parts as a ratio

HT5/6

Area of composite shapes

8.16

Derive and apply formulae to calculate and solve problems involving area of triangles, parallelograms, trapezia and (part)circles

Presenting and interpreting data

8.17

Construct and interpret appropriate tables, charts, and diagrams, including frequency tables, bar charts, pie charts and vertical line (or bar) charts for ungrouped and grouped numerical data

Averages

8.18

Describe, interpret and compare observed distributions of a single variable through appropriate measures of central tendency (mean, mode, median) and spread (range, consideration of outliers)

HT6

Two way tables

8.19

Enumerate sets and unions/intersections of sets systematically, using tables, grids and Venn diagrams

3D visualisation

8.20

Use the properties of faces, surfaces, edges and vertices of cubes, cuboids, prisms, cylinders, pyramids, cones and spheres to solve problems in 3D

Volume

8.21

Derive and apply formulae to calculate and solve problems involving volume of cuboids (including cubes) and other prisms (including cylinders)

Year 9 SOW
Year 9 Foundation

Half Term 1

9.01

9.02

9.03

9.04

9.05

9.06

Place value & Number Properties

Decimals

Rounding and Estimation

Indices Powers & Roots

Factors, Multiples & Primes

Ratio (basic)

Half Term 2

9.07

9.08

9.09

9.10


FDP

Fractions

Percentages

Proportion

Half Term 3

9.11

9.12

9.13

9.14


Notation

Simplifying & Index Laws

Expanding & Factorising

Expressions & Substitution

Half Term 4

9.15

9.16

9.17

9.18


Linear Equations

Linear Inequalities

Perimeter & Area

Pythagoras

Half Term 5

9.19

9.20

9.21

9.22

9.23


Properties of shapes

Angle facts

Parallel lines

Circles

Volume & Surface Area

Half Term 6

9.24

9.25


Sequences

Basic vectors

Year 9 Higher

Half Term 1

9.01

9.02

9.03

9.04

9.05

9.06

Place value & Number Properties

Decimals

Rounding and Estimation

Indices Powers & Roots

Factors, Multiples & Primes

Ratio (basic)

Half Term 2

9.07

9.08

9.09

9.10


FDP

Fractions

Percentages

Proportion

Half Term 3

9.11

9.12

9.13

9.14


Notation

Simplifying & Index Laws

Expanding & Factorising

Expressions & Substitution

Half Term 4

9.15

9.16

9.17

9.18


Linear Equations

Linear Inequalities

Perimeter & Area

Pythagoras

Half Term 5

9.19

9.20

9.21

9.22

9.23


Properties of shapes

Angle facts

Parallel lines

Circles

Volume & Surface Area

Half Term 6

9.24

9.25


Sequences

Basic vectors

Year 10 SOW
Year 10 Foundation

Half Term 7

10.01

10.02

10.03

10.04

Rearrange formulae

Linear Graphs

y = mx + c

Compound Measures

Half Term 8

10.05

10.06

10.07


Quadratic graphs, TP and roots

Linear Simultaneous Equations

Further graphs

Half Term 9

10.08

10.09


Probability

Standard Form

Half Term 10

10.10

10.11

10.12


Simple interest

Ratio (further)

Growth & Decay

Half Term 11

10.13


Statistics

Half Term 12

10.14

10.15


Plans & elevations

Constructions & Loci

Year 10 Higher 2019

Half Term 7

10.01

10.02

10.03

10.04

Rearrange formulae

Linear Graphs

y = mx + c

Compound Measures

Half Term 8

10.05

10.06

10.07

10.08

Quadratic graphs, TP and roots

Further expanding & factorising

Linear Simultaneous Equations

Further graphs

Half Term 9

10.09

10.10

10.11

10.12

Probability

Capture & Recapture

Standard Form

Proportion (further)

Half Term 10

10.13

10.14

10.15

10.16

Surds

Recurring decimals

Bounds

Growth & Decay

Half Term 11

10.17

10.18

10.19


Statistics  no higher

Simple interest

Ratio (further)

Half Term 12

10.20

10.21

10.22

10.23

Right angled Trigonometry

Plans & elevations

Constructions & Loci

Similar shapes

Year 11 SOW
Year 11 Foundation

Half Term 13

11.01

11.02

11.03



Pythagoras

Right angled Trigonometry

Bearings & Scale Drawings


Half Term 14

Number review

(Revision/Mock time)



Half Term 15

11.04

11.05

11.06

11.07


Transformations

Congruence

Vectors

Similar shapes


Half Term 16

Revision programme

(Revision/Mock time)



Half Term 17

Revision



Half Term 18

Revision



Year 11 Higher

Half Term 13

11.01

11.02

11.03

11.04

11.05


Algebraic proof

Solving quadratics & further Simultaneous equations

Functions

Iteration

Quadratic inequalities


Half Term 14

11.06

11.07

11.08



Bearings

Circle theorems

Further Trigonometry & Trigonometric graphs


Half Term 15

11.09

11.10

11.11

11.12



Statistics (Further)

Transformations

Congruence

Vectors


Half Term 16

11.13

11.14

11.15



Gradients (Further), and area under a graph

Kinematics

Graphical transformations


Half Term 17

Revision



Half Term 18

Revision


