Focus Year 7/8 Shape and Space Core

The material in this Century Maths Shape and Space Core book is aimed at average ability students but includes a small amount of more challenging material. The content overlaps that which will have been studied in primary school but some aspects are well beyond this, such as work on congruence. Many activities are unusual or not well known - for example ‘Rectangle folding’ and ‘The two-cake puzzle’ in the Understanding angle unit.

[b]Contents of the students' book[/b]
1. Exploring polygons
Basic properties, tiling patterns, tangrams
2. Understanding angle
Size, use of protractor, angles and polygons, patterns, puzzles involving angle
3. Working with solids
Descriptions, nets, representation, shapes from interlocking cubes, cuboids, framework shapes, common solids
4. Parallel lines
Everyday view including perspective, parallel lines in grids, (proof) of triangle angle sum, puzzles and optical illusions
5. About right angles
Paper folding to make right angles, ‘inside’ and ‘outside’ right angles, patterns involving right angles
6. Compass directions
Routes using 8 major compass directions, Logo activities
7. Symmetry
Line symmetry, patterns from different cultures, use of ATM Tiles, rotational symmetry, paper folding, puzzles
8. Maps and coordinates
Uses OS maps, grid references, extends to all four quadrants
9. Congruence
Meaning, checking, puzzles
10. Networks
Traversing simple networks; arcs, nodes, regions (investigative approach)

[b]Focus Teacher’s Support Pack Year 7/8 Shape and Space Core[/b]
The first half of the Teacher's Support Packs covers teaching issues such as approaches to problem solving, record keeping, equipment and a reminder of the icons and flags used in the student texts. This part of the teacher support pack is essentially common to all of the Focus teacher support packs.

The second part provides a summary of the units followed by a two page spread on each unit which gives teaching suggestions on each student activity. The guidance on the activities needs to be read alongside the student material.

[b]Contents of the Teacher's Support Pack[/b]
* Using the Teacher's Support Packs
* Problem-solving
* Keeping the records straight
* Guide to the completion of Century Maths record sheets
* Year 7/8 pupil summary page
* Equipment and materials for Century Maths
* Flagging of activities in pupils' texts
* Summary of units
1. Exploring polygons
2. Understanding angle
3. Working with solids
4. Parallel lines
5. About right angles
6. Compass directions
7. Symmetry
8. Maps and coordinates
9. Congruence
10. Networks

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