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KS3 Mathematics

Key Stage 3 Course Information Page

Course Name : KS3 Mathematics

Curriculum Content

Year 7 explore the content specified by the National Curriculum for Key Stage 3 Mathematics. The curriculum is designed to challenge and stretch students and builds upon their KS2 knowledge and application.

Year 7 study the following topic units:

  • Number Skills
  • Analysing and Displaying Data
  • Expressions and Formulae
  • Fractions
  • Angles and Lines
  • Decimals and Measures
  • Percentages
  • Proportional Reasoning
  • Sequences
  • Real Life Graphs
  • Probability

Year 8 explore the content specified by the National Curriculum for Key Stage 3 Mathematics. The curriculum is designed to challenge and stretch students and builds upon their knowledge and application.

Year 8 study the following topic units:

  • Number Skills
  • Working with Powers
  • Fractions, Decimals and Percentages
  • Transformations
  • Multiplicative Reasoning
  • 2D Shapes and 3D Solids
  • Functions and Graphs
  • Ratio and Scale
  • Equations and Inequalities
  • Constructions and Loci

Year 9 explore the content specified by the National Curriculum for Key Stage 3 Mathematics. The curriculum is designed to challenge and stretch students and builds upon their knowledge and application.

Year 9 study the following topic units:

  • Number Skills – Accuracy and Measures
  • Powers, Roots and Standard Form
  • Collecting and Analysing Data
  • Polygons
  • Fractions and Probability
  • Circles
  • Pythagoras
  • Quadratics
  • Trigonometry
  • Ratio and Proportion

 

How Classes are Grouped

Year 7 are grouped by ability, according to their KS2 data. They therefore study mathematics alongside students who are targeted similar GCSE grades.

However, groupings are fluid; if a student is particularly excelling, there is potential for her to be moved into a group of students working at a higher level.

Students identified as having a special education need in mathematics are taught in smaller classes and follow a supplementary curriculum to support their basic numeracy skills.

Year 8 are grouped by ability, according to their KS2 data and progress during year 7. They therefore study mathematics alongside students who are targeted similar GCSE grades.

However, groupings are fluid; if a student is particularly excelling, there is potential for her to be moved into a group of students working at a higher level.

Students identified as having a special education need in mathematics are taught in smaller classes and follow a supplementary curriculum to support their basic numeracy skills.

 

Year 9 are grouped by ability, according to their KS2 data and progress during year 8. They therefore study mathematics alongside students who are targeted similar GCSE grades.

However, groupings are fluid; if a student is particularly excelling, there is potential for her to be moved into a group of students working at a higher level.

Students identified as having a special education need in mathematics are taught in smaller classes and follow a supplementary curriculum to support their basic numeracy skills.

 

Assessment (including homework)

Students complete regular homework throughout year 7. In addition to consolidation homework, during each topic unit students will complete a ‘Continuous Skills Check’ and a ‘Progress Check’ at home. These are designed to consolidate content from within the classroom and allow for early identification of areas of concern.

Throughout the year, students will complete written assessments, which will relate to work they have recently undertaken. At the end of the year, students will sit an examination testing all of the content from year 7.

This will produce an end of year profile of the students’ strengths and areas for development and guide intervention at the start of year 8.

Students complete regular homework throughout year 8. In addition to consolidation homework, during each topic unit students will complete a ‘Continuous Skills Check’ and a ‘Progress Check’ at home. These are designed to consolidate content from within the classroom and allow for early identification of areas of concern.

Throughout the year, students will complete written assessments, which will relate to work they have recently undertaken. At the end of the year, students will sit an examination testing all of the content from year 8.

This will produce an end of year profile of the students’ strengths and areas for development and guide intervention at the start of year 9.

Students complete regular homework throughout year 9. In addition to consolidation homework, during each topic unit students will complete a ‘Continuous Skills Check’ and a ‘Progress Check’ at home. These are designed to consolidate content from within the classroom and allow for early identification of areas of concern.

Throughout the year, students will complete written assessments, which will relate to work they have recently undertaken. At the end of the year, students will sit an examination testing all of the content from year 9.

This will produce an end of year profile of the students’ strengths and areas for development and guide intervention at the start of KS4.

How to Support Your Daughter

If you are finding that your daughter is having difficulty, the following bullet points are suggestions of things to try:

  • Encourage her to speak to her friends first; perhaps they can work on the problem together.
  • Encourage her to speak to any maths teacher, or see a maths teacher as a group with her friends.
  • Encourage her to attend maths club on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday lunchtime from 1:25-1:55pm in S7.
  • Encourage her to visit the learning base to ask for help.
  • Try visiting the school VLE or these websites for help: bbc.co.uk/bitesize  www.khanacademy.org
  • Above all, be supportive of your daughter. Do not say “I couldn’t do it either”.
  • It is not “I can’t do it!”, it is “I can’t do it YET!”