Maths Information

Syllabus

The syllabus at Witham caters for all our students’ abilities and future destinations: whether they intend to move onto state senior schools or independent senior schools, they will have been taught the aspects of mathematics that should enable them to make a sound transition at whatever age they move on.  

All children in the Prep school have login details for two Maths websites: Sumdog and MyMaths. These sites are used to help extend, support and engage students both in school and at home through a mixture of game-related work and online lessons and homework.

Schemes of Work - Overview

Year 4    

Maths

Daily maths lessons will begin with mental maths and revision on a variety of topics. On Mondays, there will be weekly times table and mental maths tests.

Topics we will cover:

  • Place Value
  • Addition and Subtraction
  • Length and Perimeter
  • Multiplication and Division
  • Area
  • Fractions
  • Decimals
  • Money
  • Time
  • Statistics
  • Properties of Shapes
  • Position and Direction
   
     
Year 5    

Michaelmas

Lent Trinity

Number and place value
Addition and subtraction
Measures (Perimeter, area and volume)
Fractions
Multiplication and division
Angles
Time
Arithmetic and worded problems
Data Handling
Metric/imperial conversion

Decimals (Place value and arithmetic)
Shape (3D, angles and quadrilaterals)
Decimals and fractions (Ordering and arithmetic)
Arithmetic and word problems
Measures (Capacity)
Data Handling
Time

Positive and negative numbers
Addition and subtraction
Transformations (symmetry and reflections)
Co-ordinates
Percentages
Multiples and factors
Primes, squares and cubes
Multiplication and division
Data Handling

     

Year 6

   
Michaelmas Lent Trinity

Decimals (Place value and arithmetic)
Arithmetic
Area and perimeter
Ratio and proportion
Multiplication and division
Shapes (including circles)
Mental arithmetic methods
BODMAS
Data handling

Number and place value
Fraction and decimal arithmetic
Co-ordinates
Ratio and proportion
Mental multiplication and division
Measures (including converting units of measurement)
Averages
Long division
Time and money

Number (comparing and ordering)
Ratio and proportion
Fraction, decimal and percentage (equivalents and arithmetic)
Algebra
Shape
Multiplication and division
Data Handling
Factor multiplication and division

     

Year 7

   
Michaelmas Lent Trinity

Number (including negatives)
Decimals (comparing, ordering and arithmetic)
Perimeter and area
Number (including squares, roots and BODMAS)
Algebra (expressions, simplifying and substitution)

Sequences (including nth term)
Averages
Fractions (including arithmetic)
Angles and angle rules
Percentages
Probability

Co-ordinates and graphs (including y=mx+c)
Transformations (Symmetry, reflections, rotations and tessellations)
Equations
Ratio
Data Handling
Shape (isometric drawing)

     

Year 8

   
Michaelmas Lent Trinity

Number (arithmetic, factors, multiples, powers, roots and primes)
Angles (in shapes and parallel lines)
Percentages
Shape (area and perimeter of 2D/3D shapes)
Algebra (Simplifying, brackets, expressions and index notation)
Sequences (including nth term)
Probability
Inequalities (Level 3 only)

Graphs (linear all quadratic Level 3 only)
Circles
Fraction and decimal arithmetic
Equations
Handling data
Ratio and proportion
Scatter graphs

Structured revision using questions from past papers at the level your child will sit in June

Scholarship group

Algebra (Simplifying, brackets, expressions, index notation, equations)
Pythagoras’ Theorem
Circles
Simultaneous equations
Standard index form
Inequalities
Linear and quadratic graphs
Percentages
Surface area and volume

Scholarship papers and individual child centered teaching
Personal projects or more exam practice (dependent on results)

Structured revision using questions from past papers at the level your child will sit in June (if sitting exams in the June)

Below is a summary of the successes of students in nationally or regionally organised mathematical challenges. Each year, members of the Prep school compete in a variety of competitions and do very well, particularly given the size of the school. The Primary Maths Challenge and Junior Maths Challenge are tests administered by the Mathematical Association and the UKMT respectively. Information below on these two events detail the number of children achieving certificates at the various levels. The UKMT Team Challenge is a nationally organised competition run by the UKMT. For some years now, Witham have entered a joint team with Uppingham School as the competition is open to students in years 8 & 9 (teams comprise of two students from each year group). Details below show our position in the regional competitions. The A1 Maths Challenge is an event setup within our cluster group of schools. It has been running for 3 years and currently comprises of four schools with each school sending two teams.

Primary Maths Challenge

2015/16

2014/15

2013/14

2012/13

Gold – 5

Gold – 3

Gold – 2

Gold – 6

Silver – 7

Silver – 4

Silver – 4

Silver – 6

Bronze – 13

Bronze – 5

Bronze – 8

Bronze – 6

Robert Tombs also received a Merit in the Junior Olympiad (follow on round from Junior Maths Challenge).

Junior Maths Challenge

2015/16

2014/15

2013/14

2012/13

2011/12

Gold – 2 (Best in School: Robert Tombs)

Gold – 1 (Best in School: Robert Tombs)

Gold – 2 (Best in School: Toby Fowler)

Gold – 4 (Best in School: Charlie Thain)

Gold – 2 (Best in School: Michael Burton)

Silver – 9

Silver – 6

Silver – 2

Silver – 4

Silver – 6

Bronze – 6

Bronze – 9

Bronze – 9

Bronze – 6

Bronze – 8

UKMT Team Challenge

2015/16: Placed 2nd out of 24 schools (Eshan Mehta & Noah Cooper)

2014/15: Placed 11th out of 24 schools (Will Davison & Catherine Swanston)

2013/14: Placed 14th out of 22 schools (Toby Fowler & George Darley)

2012/13: Placed 9th out of 16 schools (Max Robertson & Tom Farmer)

A1 Maths Team Challenge

2015/16: Placed 1st and 3rd out of 7 teams

2014/15: Placed 2nd and 3rd out of 8 teams

2013/14: Placed 2nd and 3rd out of 8 teams

2012/13: Placed 3rd and 6th out of 8 teams