Key Stage 3
In KS3 Mathematics pupils follow a two year curriculum consisting of 9 units. These units range from Data handling, Shape &; Space to Algebra.
In both Year 7 and 8 pupils will cover 4 core units. These are:
- Number – including rounding, standard form and estimating.
- Algebra – including simplifying, expanding, factorising and solving equations.
- Data Handling – including averages, histograms and cumulative frequency.
- Fractions, Percentages, Decimals, Proportion and Ratio.
The remaining 5 units will be split across Year 7 and Year 8. These units are:
- Probability – including language associated with probability, finding
- probabilities and tree diagrams.
- Perimeter Area and Volume.
- Factors and Multiples – including sequences and indices.
- Graphs and Transformations – including real life graphs and the equation of a straight line.
- Lines, Angles and Shape – including trigonometry and circle theorems.
The results from the formal assessments for these units, along with interim topic tests and end of term exams, will be used to inform any set changes.
Assessments and exams are developed using the new GSCE specification and whilst challenging it will give pupils a good foundation for when they start KS4. It is very important that all pupils prepare well for each of these formal assessments and topic tests in order for them to show progress and identify strengths and weaknesses. Each topic test and assessment will be followed by bespoke intervention for your child. For this they will be set questions based on the topics they found difficult in the test.
In order to make progress, pupils should be looking to seek help on topics they find difficult by visiting www.mymaths.co.uk or asking their teacher for help outside of lessons continuously throughout the year.
Key Stage 4
Pupils will work towards a GCSE linear examination at the end of the course. Pupils will be set on ability, split by tier (higher and foundation) and there will be frequent set movements based on results achieved in the mock exams.
Pupils will start the course in year 9 and will study topics such as:
- Number – Including fractions, decimals, percentages, ratio and standard form.
- Algebra – Including simplifying, expanding and factorising expressions
- Shape and space – linear graphs, speed, distance time graphs and real lifegraphs
- Statistics and probability – Including language associated with probability,
- finding probabilities, Venn diagrams and completing and using tree diagrams.
Pupils will complete regular mid-topic and end of topic tests, and complete personalised tasks on this.
In year 10, pupils will complete a series of units which include the following topics:
- Shape and space – including area, perimeter, volume, bearings and
- transformations, Pythagoras, Trigonometry, Sine and Cosine rule.
- Algebra and solving equations – including linear, simultaneous and quadratic equations
- Graphs – Linear, Quadratic, cubic, reciprocal, circle and exponential graphs.
- Angles – Angles in shapes, angle reasons and angles on parallel lines.
Pupils will complete regular mid topic and end of topic tests, and complete personalised tasks on this.
In year 11, pupils will meet the most demanding topics on the new GCSE.
Throughout the year, Y11 will sit a series of mock exams and be provided with bespoke intervention after each test in order to allow them to make progress between the mocks and fulfil their potential come the end of the course.
There will be a greater emphasis on problem solving skills and application of skills taught in lesson due to the greater emphasis of these in the new exams.