Mathematics in Year 8
Our aim in Year 8 is to consolidate what students have studied previously, build up the confidence of those who are less able, and challenge the brighter students. Students are encouraged more to explore how these skills and topics progress into more complex problems, considering for themselves questions such as "What happens if?" and "Why can I not do that?"
Topics covered include
- Geometry and Measures
- Statistics and Probability
- Using and Applying Mathematics to Problems
In Year 8 students are initially placed in classes based primarily upon their performance in Year 7. Currently Year 8 are split into two bands so only half the year group have Mathematics at the same time. There are some parallel groups in each band, having a similar make up of students’ abilities in each class. Teacher observation and further assessments will be used to monitor that students remain in the most appropriate group. Group sizes are of no more than 32 students.
In Mathematics lessons teachers use a variety of strategies to support students and ensure that students are making good progress. Pupils use their whiteboards, contribute to class discussion, answer open and closed questions, create their own questions and engage in collaborative learning activities. The Faculty are focussed on making the learning environment as safe and supportive as possible, where students are comfortable to make mistakes and then discuss with their peers why an answer is correct or not.
Students will usually be set one piece of homework each week. They will normally receive a written homework at least once a fortnight, the other homework may be from the MyMaths website, which is marked immediately online. Both pieces will be designed to extend or consolidate class work, or will be revision work. Alternative tasks may be in preparation for or reviewing assessments. If students are unable to complete any homework set they should seek advice from their class teacher, or any other member of the Mathematics Faculty. There is also the Mathematics Faculty Homework Club where students can use computers to complete MyMaths homework online, or just use it as a quiet place to do their written work. There will always be a Mathematics Teacher available to ask for help with any problems. Students should get written feedback from their teacher on their homework at least once a half term.
Assessment & Reporting
Students are assessed using a variety of methods with homework and class work being an important part of this. They will have formal tests throughout Year 8, one in each term which will be followed by tracking reports issued by the School. Parents can contact class teachers to get an update on their child’s progress. Following their assessments in class, students will complete an Assessment for Learning Sheet. The aim of this is to identify the student's areas of strength and to set targets for improvement following the assessment. Students identify three key areas, these are specific and relate directly to questions on the assessment.
Following each assessment class teachers in conjunction with the Head of Faculty will decide whether students should be placed on a programme of intervention where they feel extra support is required to help the student to 'get back on track.
How parents can help
Ensure that students come fully equipped to all lessons – students will need their own geometry set and a scientific calculator for both class work and homework. Points are deducted from students if they do not have all their equipment in lessons.
Check that students are completing homework tasks to the best of their ability, and encouraging them to seek support in plenty of time if they are struggling. Homework should be attempted as soon as practicable after being set, not left to the night before it is due.
Use Mathematics as much as you can in everyday life, such as giving opportunities to work out how much change you should get in a shop, or to estimate shopping bills, talk about fractions of pizza and chocolate bars!
The most important one is to be positive about Mathematics at home. Negative comments rarely help and students that hear positive things about the subject at home are more likely to develop a positive attitude to it themselves!
Teaching Plan for Year 8 2017/18
Assessment Dates for Year 8 2016/17
|Autumn Term||w/b 20/11/2017|
|Spring Term||w/b 19/03/2018|
|Summer Term||w/b 11/06/2018|