Key Stage 3 Maths Curriculum
The New Curriculum at Key Stage 3 is designed to:
– Build on calculation methods and mathematical knowledge from primary school
– Develop fluency with thorough practice using new mathematical ideas in a wide range of
– Improve mathematical reasoning so students can apply their skills in real life, ‘functional’
– Increase competency so that students learn to solve increasingly sophisticated problems
All of this contributes to students’ ‘Mathematical Mastery’, where their progress is identified by the strength of their skills and depth of understanding, providing a solid foundation for the next Key Stage. Students will work through this scheme in Year 7 and Year 8.
At KS3 students will study 5 key areas of maths and will learn to make links between them:
Number – Algebra – Data Handling – Geometry – Ratio and Proportion
Students are placed in sets, based on their KS2 score, at the end of September in Year 7.
The setting is reviewed every term and decisions are made based on performance in topic tests, attitude to learning and progress made throughout the term.
Setting in Key Stage 3 is as follows:
Forms A, B, C, F – 7L1, 7L2, 7L3 and 7L4
Forms H, M, P, W – 7R1, 7R2, 7R3 and 7R4
Forms A, B, C, F – 8L1, 8L2, 8L3, 8L4 and 8L5
Forms H, M, P, Q – 8R1, 8R2, 8R3, 8R4 and 8R5.
Schemes of Work (Click Year 7 or Year 8 to see Route Map)
Students are expected to have the following at each lesson:
Pen, pencil, ruler, protractor, a pair of compasses, scientific calculator
Homework is set each week, and is generally consolidation questions based on the topics covered in the lessons. Occasionally students will need a computer to complete their homework using the MyMaths website. Homework should last between 20 and 30 minutes, however, extended pieces may be given.
Throughout Year 7 and Year 8 students will complete topic tests. These are short 20-30 minutes tests which will be taken 2-3 weeks after the end of a topic. Students will not be informed of the exact time these tests will be held as we believe that students should be consolidating the learning and revising topics continually and not revising work the night before.
At the end of Year 7 and Year 8 all students will take an end-of-year assessment based on work covered throughout the whole year.
Help and Support
We encourage all students to ask their class teacher(s) for help, however, students are welcome to attend a drop-in session in F4 each lunchtime between 12.30 and 13.00.
The following items are available for purchase on ParentPay
KS3 All-in-one Revision Guide and Workbook
[Please Note: Advanced – 7L1, 7R1, 8L1, 8R1; Standard 7L2-4, 7R2-4, 8L2-4, 8R2-4] Scientific Calculator
Silver Dream Machine [Calculator] (can solve equations)
8-Piece Maths set
Purchased items can be collected from F4 on Monday or Friday lunchtime between 12.30 and 12.45. Proof of purchase is required either by a printout of the receipt or a photo on a mobile phone.
MyMaths – www.mymaths.co.uk
MathsWatch – vle.mathswatch.co.uk
Extra-curricular provision including trips at Key Stage Three
Junior Maths Challenge – Set 1 in Years 7 & 8
UKMT Team Challenge – 2 students from Year 8