__S1/2 Course Outline__

__Structure__

Students are organised into classes at the beginning of S1 based on excellent transition information from the primary schools. All classes follow the same course but to varying degrees of challenge and depth as are appropriate to the learners in the class. We organised the S1/S2 course into 6 blocks of work each containing several topics from the Maths & Numeracy curriculum. We aim to try to keep students with the same teacher across S1 & S2 to provide continuity although sometimes this might not be possible.

__Homework__

We give students formal homework that we mark and provide feedback on at the end of each topic. We also sometimes expect students to do informal homework such as looking over a topic at home prior to an assessment or in preparation for a lesson. We really encourage parents to take an active part in their child’s homework as it can be very beneficial for the student to talk it through vocally with somebody, we therefore ask parents to sign the homework tasks in the space provided on the sheet.

__Assessment__

At the end of each block the students sit a block test to monitor progress and receive quality feedback that will help them identify topics to consolidate as well as topics they are very good at. We use this information as well as formative assessment information from classwork to sometimes make moves between classes if appropriate. Sometimes students will remain in the same class but change the teacher adjusts the course they follow. This will always be discussed with the learner and parents before it happens and is always for the benefit of the child.

__Course Outline__

__S1 Topics__

__Block 1__

Whole Numbers

Decimals

Angles

Length & Area

__Block 2__

Integers (Positive & Negative Whole Numbers)

Fractions

Coordinates

Algebra – Expressions

__Block 3__

Percentages

Time

Special Numbers & Sequences

Algebra – Equations

__S2 Topics__

__Block 4__

Number Consolidation – Whole Numbers, Decimals and Integers

Money

Angles or Pythagoras’ Theorem

Weight & Conversion of Units

__Block 5__

Number Consolidation – Fractions & Integers

Circle

Algebra – Revision from S1 and Factorising

Volume

__Block 6__

Fractions, Decimals & Percentages

Algebra

Trigonometry or Pythagoras’ Theorem

Ratio & Proportion