Key Stage 3 - Mathematics
In Years 7 and 8 all students will follow the Mathematics KS3 National Curriculum. The National Curriculum for Mathematics aims to ensure that all students:
· Become fluent in the fundamentals of Mathematics, including with varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time so that students develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
· Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisation, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
· Can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.
Students in KS3 will study a broad curriculum that will cover the core themes of Mathematics:
• Number • Algebra • Statistics • Ratio, proportion and rates of change
• Geometry and measures
Mathematics is an interconnected subject in which students need to be able to move fluently between representations of mathematical ideas. The programme of study for Key Stage Three is organised into apparently distinct domains but students should build on Key Stage Two and build connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. They should also apply their mathematical knowledge in Science, Geography, Computing and other subjects.
Decisions about progression should be based on the security of students’ understanding and their readiness to progress to the next stage. Students who grasp concepts rapidly should be challenged through being offered rich and sophisticated problems before any acceleration through new content in preparation for Key Stage 4. Those who are not sufficiently fluent should consolidate their understanding before moving on. To ensure we can do this effectively, students are taught in sets and each class teacher will develop appropriate resources according to prior attainment.
Students will be assessed on a regular basis by their class teacher to ensure progress is being made. The data obtained from assessments will inform subsequent lessons and homework and students will have the opportunity to improve their areas of development after each assessment cycle.
Key Stage 4 - Mathematics
The GCSE course begins for students in Year 9 and continues until Year 11. We currently follow the AQA specification which is available from the following link:
Students will either study a foundation (grades 1 – 5) or a higher tier (grades 4 – 9), with opportunities to change between the two tiers during the course depending on performance. Both tiers of examination require the students to complete three examinations. Paper 1 is a non-calculator exam, however, a calculator is permitted in papers 2 and 3. Mock exams take place at the end of Years 9 and 10 and regularly throughout Year 11 to allow teachers to assess any areas in which students may require additional focus. Additional revision sessions will be held during the year which all Year 11 students will be welcome to attend. Below shows a comparison between the new 1-9 grading system and the old A*-G system.
This qualification in Mathematics encourages students to develop confidence in, and a positive attitude towards, mathematics and to recognise the importance of mathematics in their own lives and to society. This qualification develops knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts within the following areas:
· Ratio, proportion and rates of change
· Geometry and measures