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27th September 20

These materials were intended to support teachers in addressing the needs of those Year 8 pupils who entered Key Stage 3 having achieved the old national curriculum level 3 (or a low level 4) in the Key Stage 2 National Curriculum tests in mathematics. It was expected that the pupils were likely to have followed the Year 7 intervention programme and have attained or be close to attaining level 4 in mathematics. With good teaching and targeted support many could attain level 5 in mathematics by the end of Key Stage 3.

These 10 lessons are designed to support teachers working with Year 8 pupils who need to secure level 5 at the end of Year 9. They are not appropriate for those pupils in Year 8 who are working on the main Year 8 teaching programme. When using the lessons, teachers need to take into account pupils’ prior knowledge and experience of the topics. Most of the lessons are drawn from existing Key Stage 3 Strategy materials that support the main Year 7 mathematics teaching programme. The following lesson plans and resources are in the pack:

Lesson

Description

Source

Lesson 8N1.1

Solving number problems 1

Transition unit: calculation and problem solving – lesson 1

Lesson 8N1.2

Solving number problems 2

Transition unit: calculation and problem solving – lesson 2

Lesson 8N2.1

Exploring calculation methods

Transition unit: calculation and problem solving – lesson 5

Lesson 8N3.1

Fraction operators

Year 7 fractions and ratio: mini-pack – key lesson plan: fraction operators and resource FR1

Lesson 8A2.1

Using symbols to represent unknown numbers

Constructing and solving linear equations: Year 7 booklet – lesson 7A.1

Lesson 8N4.1

Calculation methods

Transition unit: calculation and problem solving – lesson 3

Lesson 8N4.2

Solving calculation problems

Transition unit: calculation and problem solving – lesson 4

Lesson 8N5.1

Fractions, decimals and percentages 1

New transition lessons: fractions, decimals and percentages – lesson 5.1

Lesson 8N5.2

Fractions, decimals and percentages 2

New transition lessons: fractions, decimals and percentages – lesson 5.2

Lesson 8A4.1

Constructing simple equations

Key Stage 3 Strategy mathematics launch materials – Arithmagons lesson (Tom)