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Mathematics at Deira International School

Mathematics is everywhere! Students will learn how to manipulate, calculate, analyse, and reason whilst applying these skills to real-life problems. Our curriculum is designed for pupils to become knowledgeable and deep mathematical thinkers, this is achieved through purposeful practice, independent home learning opportunities and an emersion in mathematical technology. Problem-solving will form a significant part of the KS3 curriculum in which students will have to recall knowledge and skills across multiple topics to obtain a solution. IGCSE Mathematics begins in Year 9 at Deira International School and progresses though key stage 4 into year 10 and 11. All pupils are challenged to be the best mathematicians they are capable of being and every mathematics teacher ensures that pupils have access to the foundations of the subject all the way through to the “DIS Maths Mastery” standard in each unit of teaching. 

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Curriculum Intention  

Students will learn about number, algebra, data and shape. They will learn how to: analyse and display data; number skills; solve equations; use functions and formulae; manipulate fractions; solve angles and shape problems; calculate with decimals; use multiplicative reasoning; calculate perimeter, area and volume; work with sequences and linear graphs.  

Students build on the mathematics learnt at KS2, strengthening their skills in each key area of the subject. The skills that Year 7 pupils acquire over the year have been selected to be both challenging, stimulating and to ensure a smooth transition to the IGCSE Edexcel qualification. During year 7 pupils will enhance their independent thinking, problem-solving skills and an ability to apply knowledge to real-life events such as: interpreting averages from the Dubai statistical records; plotting and interpreting a scatter diagram comparing temperature and rainfall in major worldwide cities; using formula to calculate a safe medicine dosage from a given age; use of nets to create a suitable package for a manufactured project. 

Curriculum Implementation  

In Year 7, students will be taught through many learning platforms including interactive websites. MathsWatch and Century Tech are used to enhance understanding and provide regular revision.  Students are expected to own their own scientific calculator and will over time master its use.  

There will also be student-led investigative lessons using Desmos activities which allows for students to explore topics and teachers to formatively assess progress throughout the entire lesson.   

All lessons will include recall questions, whether in the connect the learner activities or interleaved into the lesson, to ensure students are retaining knowledge. 

Assessment  

Two assessments per term will be carried out to measure student progress, the assessments will be cumulative and will therefore include all work learnt up to that point (including expected knowledge from previous years).  

Wider Curriculum 

Our highest attaining students in KS3 will have the opportunity to take part in the UKMT Junior Mathematics challenge as well as a city-wide mathematics competition.    

Curriculum Impact  

By the end of Year 7 we expect the students to have developed the following skills; 

1. Numeric and algebraic manipulation

2. Geometric and proportional reasoning

3. Analyse and display data in various contexts

4. Problem-solving

5. Independent discovery

6. Application of knowledge to real-life scenarios

7. Reflect and evaluate mathematical methods

8. Work collaboratively to obtain knowledge

9. Use technology to support their understanding

We hope for the students to develop a passion for Mathematics and for them to see how it applies to every-day life. We want the students to leave their lessons excited, and proud of a challenge they have overcome that day. Students should become resilient and not afraid of making mistakes, as this is seen as an opportunity for further understanding.  1

Curriculum Intention  

Students will learn about number, algebra, data and shape. They will learn how to:  identify and use factors; manipulate powers; work with 2D and 3D shapes; plot and interpret real-life graphs; draw and describe transformations; convert and compare fractions, decimals and percentages; accurately draw constructions and loci; calculate probability; accurately construct and interpret a scale drawing; use compound measures; work with the equation of linear graphs.  

We build on the foundations learnt at KS2 and year 7, strengthening their skills in each key area of the subject. The skills that Year 8 pupils acquire over the year have been selected to be both challenging, stimulating and to ensure a smooth transition to the IGCSE Edexcel qualification. During year 8 pupils will enhance their independent thinking, problem-solving skills and an ability to apply knowledge to real-life events such as: calculating VAT using percentages; using straight line graphs to estimate future costs of a business; calculate with angle facts the required dimensions an architect might need; use measures to calculate the density of various metals. 

Curriculum Implementation  

In Year 8, students will be taught through many learning platforms including interactive websites. MathsWatch and Century Tech are used to enhance understanding and provide regular revision.  Students are expected to own their own scientific calculator and will over time master its use.  

There will also be student-led investigative lessons using Desmos activities which allow students to explore topics and teachers to formatively assess progress throughout the entire lesson.  

All lessons will include recall questions, whether in the connect the learner activities or interleaved into the lesson, to ensure students are retaining knowledge. 

Assessment  

Two assessments per term will be carried out to measure student progress, the assessments will be cumulative and will therefore include all work learnt up to that point (including expected knowledge from previous years).  

Wider Curriculum 

Our highest attaining students in KS3 will have the opportunity to take part in the UKMT Junior Mathematics challenge as well as a city-wide mathematics competition.   

Curriculum Impact  

By the end of Year 8 we expect the students to have developed the following skills; 

1. Numeric and algebraic manipulation

2. Geometric and proportional reasoning

3. Analyse and display data in various contexts

4. Problem-solving

5. Independent discovery

6. Application of knowledge to real-life scenarios

7. Reflect and evaluate mathematical methods

8. Work collaboratively to obtain knowledge

9. Use technology to support their understanding

We hope for the students to develop a passion for Mathematics and for them to see how it applies to every-day life. We want the students to leave their lessons excited, and proud of a challenge they have overcome that day. Students should become resilient and not afraid of making mistakes, as this is seen as an opportunity for further understanding.  

Curriculum Intention  

Students will learn about number, algebra, statistics and shape.Students will learn how to: manipulate decimals, percentages and fractions; calculate surface area and volume; manipulate algebraic expressions and surds; use index laws; use proportional reasoning; work with sequences and straight line graphs; calculate missing angles; compare averages and measures of spread; use geometric reasoning.  

We build on the foundations learnt at KS2 and 3, strengthening their skills in each key area of the subject. The skills that Year 9 pupils acquire over the year have been selected as we introduce the IGCSE Edexcel syllabus. During year 9 pupils will enhance their independent thinking, problem-solving skills and an ability to apply knowledge to real-life events such as: calculating VAT using percentages; using straight line graphs to estimate future costs of a business; calculate with angle facts the required dimensions an architect might need; use measures to calculate the density of various metals. 

Curriculum Implementation  

In Year 9, students will be taught through many learning platforms including interactive websites. MathsWatch and Century Tech are used to enhance understanding and provide regular revision.  Students are expected to own their own scientific calculator and will over time master its use.   

There will also be student-led investigative lessons using Desmos activities which allows for students to explore topics and teachers to formatively assess progress throughout the entire lesson.    

All lessons will include recall questions, whether in the connect the learner activities or interleaved into the lesson, to ensure students are retaining knowledge.  

Assessment  

Two assessments per term will be carried out to measure student progress, the assessments will be cumulative and will therefore include all work learnt up to that point (including expected knowledge from previous years).   

Wider Curriculum 

Our highest attaining students will have the opportunity to take part in the UKMT Junior Mathematics challenge as well as a city-wide mathematics competition.    

Curriculum Impact  

By the end of Year 9 we expect the students to have developed the following skills; 

1. Numeric and algebraic manipulation

2. Geometric and proportional reasoning

3. Analyse and display data in various contexts

4. Problem-solving

5. Independent discovery

6. Application of knowledge to real-life scenarios

7. Reflect and evaluate mathematical methods

8. Work collaboratively to obtain knowledge

9. Use technology to support their understanding 

We hope for the students to develop a passion for Mathematics and for them to see how it applies to every-day life. We want the students to leave their lessons excited, and proud of a challenge they have overcome that day. Students should become resilient and not afraid of making mistakes, as this is seen as an opportunity for further understanding.  

THE LEARNING JOURNEY FOR MATHS  
     
Unit / Block of workKey Episodes / QuestionsColour codeLength of time (weeks)Learner Attribute(s)
Term 1    
NumberRounding
Written methods for multiplying and dividing
Negative numbers
Squares, cubes roots
HCF and LCM
BIDMAS
Red3Open-minded
Data Averages of a data set and from a table
Averages to compare data
Frequency tables & frequency polygons
Line graphs
Scatter graphs
Compound and dual bar-charts
Pie charts
Two-way tables
Yellow5Inquirer
Algebra
Expanding (single and double brackets)
Factorising (single and double brackets)
Blue 4Thinker
Term 2    
Number Add, subtract, multiply and divide decimals
order decimals
Improper fractions and mixed numbers
Add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions
percentages of an amount
percentage increase/decrease.  One quantity of another
convert between FDP
compare FDP
Red4Principled
Algebrasolving linear Equations with brackets, fractions and x on both sides
Solving equations with fraction/negative solutions
Solve simple quadratic equations
Inequalities on a number line
solving inequalities , “highest integer” List integers
Blue 4Balanced
Shape
Basic angle facts
Angles in a Triangle
angles in special quadrilaterals
angles in parallel and intersecting lines
Area and perimeter of compound shapes 
Green4Communicator
Term 3    
Algebra 
Plotting straight line graphs
sketching straight line graphs
Find the gradient of a line
find the equation of a straight line
Midpoint of two co-ordinates
Blue 3Risk-taker
NumberSharing into a ratio
Scale factors
Direct proportion including recipes and best buys
Currency conversion
Conversion graphs
Red4Knowledgable
ShapeConstructing triangles
Constructing angle and perpendicular bisectors
Introduction to loci
drawing bearings
measuring bearings
return bearings 
Green2Reflective
THE LEARNING JOURNEY FOR MATHS   
     
Unit / Block of workKey Episodes / QuestionsColur CodeLength of time.Learner Attribute(s)
Term 1    
NumberRounding
Negatives
Calculating with powers and roots
Standard form
Index laws  
Red3Open-minded
AlgebraFormula substitution
Change the subject of the formula 
Blue2Thinker
Shape3D nets 
Area of trapezium and parallelograms
Circles – area and perimeter
sectors and arc length
Surface area – cubes and cuboids
prisms including cylinders
pyramids
Convert units; length, area, volume
Pythagoras’ Theorem 
Green6Inquirer
Term 2    
NumberConverting decimals to fractions
reverse percentages
compound interest
Speed/Distance/Time
Density/Mass/Volume
Pressure/Force/Area 
Red4Principled
AlgebraExpand and simplify double brackets
Factorise linear and quadratic expressions
Blue3Balanced
ShapeTrigonometry -SOHCAHTOA
Similar Length, area and volume
Interior and exterior angles of polygons 
Green4Communicator
Term 3    
Algebrafind nth term of a sequence
find the next term
Un=a+(n-1)d (Is a number in the sequence)
Equation of straight lines
Parallel and perpendicular  lines
Blue4Knowledgable
ProbabilitySimple probability – Scale, dice, fractions 
Compliment of event 
Tree diagrams 
Sample spaces. 
Mutually exclusive event 
Expected frequency 
Independent events  
Yellow3Risk-taker
Shape
Translation with column vectors
Rotation
Reflection
Enlargement (inc negative and fractional)
describing transformations 
Green3Reflective
THE LEARNING JOURNEY FOR MATHS FOUNDATION   
     
Unit / Block of workKey Episodes / QuestionsColour CodeLength of time (hours)Learner Attribute(s)
Term 1    
Integers and place valueIntegrers; place value; directed numbers in context; order integers; BIDMAS; roundingRed4Open-minded
DecimalsOrder decimals; convert to fractions and percentages; round to d.p and s.f; identify bounds; estimate; use of calculatorRed4Reflective
FractionsEquivalent fractions; mixed numbers and improper fractions; order fractions; convert to decimal and percentageRed4Knowledgable
Arithmetic of fractionsAdd and subtract fractions; multiple and divide fractions Red4Thinker
Algebraic manipulationIndex notation and laws; collect like terms; multiply brackets; factorise linear expressions Blue5Caring
Perimeter, area and volumePerimeter and area using rectangles and triangles; area of triangle and parallelogram; surface area and volumeGreen6Communicator
Term 2    
Circles and cylindersArea and circumference; surface area and volume of cylinderGreen6Risk Taker
Special numbers and powersfactors, multiples and primes; squares and cubes; prime factors; HCF and LCMRed7Principled
graphical representation of datapictograms; two-way tables; bar charts; pie charts; scattergraphsYellow7Inquirer
Expressions, formulae and rearranging formulaeSubstitution; form expressions; change the subject Blue6Balanced
Term 3    
Linear graphsPlot co-ordinates; midpoints; conversion graphs; y=mx+c; linear inequalities; regions Blue6Thinker
PercentagesConvert to decimals and fractions; Percentage increase/decrease; reverse percentages; Compound interest and depreciationRed9Open-minded
Statistical measuresMean, median, mode and range of dataset; mean and mode from grouped dataYellow7Inquirer
Linear equations and inequalitiesSolve equations and inequalities; form equations; inequalities on a number lineBlue8Balanced

 

THE LEARNING JOURNEY FOR MATHS HIGHER   
     
Unit / Block of workKey Episodes / QuestionsColour CodeLength of time. (hours)Learner Attribute(s)
Term 1    
Decimalsconvert recurring decimals, rounding, use of calculator.Red8Thinker
Fractionsordering, convert a fraction, use the four operationsRed8Knowledgable
Algebraic manipulationindex notation, collect like terms, products and quotients of terms, expand and factorise, algebraic fractions, complete the square, proof.Blue16Inquirer
Perimeter, area and volumearea and perimeter of 2d shapes, surface area and volume of 3d shapes.Green16Communicator
Term 2    
Special numbers and powers and rootsproduct of prime factors, highest common factor and lowest common multiple, surds, index laws.Red12Knowledgable
Graphical representation of datahistograms, cumulative frequency diagrams.Yellow10Inquirer
Expressions, formulae and rearranging formulaesubstitution, use a formula, derive a formula, changing the subject, direct and inverse proportion.Blue12Balanced
Linear graphsmidpoints, gradients, y=mx+c, plot graphs, generate points, parallel and perpendicular lines, graphical linear inequalities, regions.Blue14Communicator
Term 3    
PercentagesConvert a percentage to fraction or decimal, multipliers, increase and decrease, reverse, compound.Red10Open-minded
Statistical measuresMean median and mode, frequency tables, cumulative frequency graphs, range and interquartile range, Yellow8Inquirer
Linear equations and inequalitiesSolve equations, unknowns on both sides, form and solve equations, solve linear inequalities, represent inequalities on a number line.Blue8Thinker
SequencesCommon difference, find term of sequence, find sum of a series.Blue8Risk Taker
Geometry of shapesAngle properities, parallel lines, shapes, regular polygonsGreen12Reflective

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