Don't they teach Pythagoras any more?

(98 Posts)
Dancergirl Fri 10-May-13 22:54:14

I was having a chat with dd1 tonight who's in Year 7. She had never heard of Pythagoras, it wasn't taught in primary school and so far, not in Year 7.

I remember learning it in Year 6. I know teaching maths has changed a lot over the years but surely this is fundamental?

LadyMaryQuiteContrary Fri 10-May-13 22:58:09

IIRC that's GCSE stuff. wink

ShatnersBassoon Fri 10-May-13 22:59:15

I was in senior school when I learnt about Pythagoras. Y7 or 8, not sure which. 20+ years ago.

Devora Fri 10-May-13 23:00:04

I definitely learned this in secondary school. Couldn't tell you what it's all about now, though.

Sparklingbrook Fri 10-May-13 23:01:09

DS1 is doing that now. Year 9.

MrsBungle Fri 10-May-13 23:02:23

I definitely did not learn about Pythagoras until about 3rd year of high school.

5madthings Fri 10-May-13 23:06:21

I learnt it in high school, my ds1 is in yr 9 and he has done it in the last year.

Dancergirl Fri 10-May-13 23:08:22

I'm v surprised?

Is Maths being dumbed down? It's not a difficult concept for bright 10/11 year olds....

I didn't learn Pythagoras until 2nd year at high school. DS1 learnt it in Y7 and I was surprised he was learning it so early. He's been doing trigonometry this year too (in Y8).

BackforGood Fri 10-May-13 23:14:03

I'd say either your memory is playing tricks, or you were very unusual. I was at grammar school in the 70s and we didn't do it until we were there - and, I think probably 2nd or 3rd year, not (what would now be) Yr7

stargirl1701 Fri 10-May-13 23:14:51

I learned it at secondary too. 1980s.

Victoria3012 Fri 10-May-13 23:14:54

My son is in year 7 and he is learning Pythagoras theory, so yes they do teach it.

chickensaladagain Fri 10-May-13 23:17:08

I did it in 2nd year grammar school

Dd has covered it in yr 6 but there were only 4 of them that did it

Victoria3012 Fri 10-May-13 23:18:03

Theorem grin bloody phone x

Schooldidi Fri 10-May-13 23:18:27

I teach it in year 8 to our top sets, the lower sets don't meet it til GCSE.

Dd1 is in top set year 8 at a different school and they haven't met it yet. They have done some pretty impressive algebra for year 8 though.

I'm fairly certain that I learnt it in year 9, as we then did basic trig straight after, so spent weeks learning about right angled triangles.

Dancergirl Fri 10-May-13 23:18:45

Nope backforgood def year 6. I even remember drawing the triangle and having the squared paper along each side. Bog standard state primary.

JollyOrangeGiant Fri 10-May-13 23:19:39

I'm pretty sure we were taught it in my first year of secondary school. In a selective independent school though, so possibly that is not the norm.

ouryve Fri 10-May-13 23:21:18

I didn't do pythagoras until 4th year middle school - when we did the CSE syllabus because we were sofacking clever. So that was year 8, ahead of time for the 1980s.

Dancergirl Fri 10-May-13 23:22:12

I wonder what else has been taken off the primary curriculum...?

I'm not sure it ever was a standard part of the primary curriculum.

Not that there was a standardised primary curriculum back in the day. But I don't think it was routinely taught to 10 year olds at any point.

MrsBungle Fri 10-May-13 23:25:32

Was it on the primary curriculum though ? Most folk on this thread say they didn't do it until secondary school.

StuffezLaYoni Fri 10-May-13 23:26:36

Did it with my year 6 as a fun extension of their work on triangles a while back. Think they have different ideas as to what constitutes fun...! However, they got it and were quite impressed with it so I'm glad we did it. I found a very good visual website aimed at kids - it showed the edges of the triangle extended into squares, which IMO helped them grasp it a lot quicker.

No idea. Shall ask Y6 maths geek DS in the morning.

Yeah the common curriculum is a fairly recent idea. Before that, individual schools, teachers and classes could study what seemed appropriate to them. So yes you may well have done it at primary school, but today's children won't necessarily learn the same things in the same order.

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