What will students study this term?
These term students’ will be exploring numbers and the number system. This will include exploring fractions and decimals and being able to correctly order them. It is imperative that students have a firm grasp of the 4 operations as this will provide a solid grounding over the next 5 years and beyond. Students will explore different types of numbers and will know how to evaluate answers both mentally and with a calculator. They will also begin work on visualising shapes, knowing the properties of basic shapes and how to recognise them from their angles and nets.
Year 8 will also be exploring the number system but will be confident on using and applying negative numbers in different contexts. They will work on enlarging shapes, understand the use of scale drawings and be able to identify shapes from their plan and elevation. They will also begin basic work on probability and algebra, understanding the probability scale and the use of powers in algebraic expressions.
Students will begin to calculate with powers and roots and apply this in context using standard form. They will explore how to construct shapes using mathematical equipment, developing their technical skills. They will build on their existing knowledge of algebra extending them to expand and factorise quadratics and use and interpret formulae. Finally, they will develop their understanding of ratio and proportion, applying this in context to similar shapes and solving speed, distance and time problems.
What assessment will students do this term?
Students will be assessed on all topics learned to date at both the end of term 1 and term 2. This will be in the form of formal assessment which will take place in lesson time. The remainder of the term will be spent reviewing the assessment and challenging any misconceptions.
What homelearning will be set this term?
Homelearning is set once a week. Each piece of homelearning should take approximately 30 minutes. There will be a range of worksheet and online tasks for students to consolidate their learning from lessons.
What can we do at home to help with this term’s learning?
Talk to your child about what they have been doing in lessons. Please ensure they spend the correct amount of time on their home learning; each piece should be about 30 minutes. Have a conversation with them about what they are doing well and what they need to do to improve. Multiplication and division practice is invaluable.
What extension project can students complete at home on this topic?
Past Edexcel GCSE paper questions are a fantastic method for students to extend their knowledge and are arranged by topic to allow students to focus on a current topic or a target for improvement. These can be accessed at: http://www.mathsgenie.co.uk/gcse.html
In addition to this, Mr Corbett Maths has some excellent resources on all topics with most answers available. This can be accessed at www.corbettmaths.com
What are some great websites that can help with this term’s studies?