KS3 Curriculum Guide
From the start of Year 7, pupils will follow a challenging, yet well supported, curriculum, arranged in ability sets.
During Year 7, pupils will further develop skills and knowledge learned in Year 6. They will have opportunities to demonstrate their understanding through their use of key terms and key concepts. Areas particularly focused on will include:
The decimal system, prime factors and other number facts and properties, formulas, equations and graphs and their application to solving problems. the equivalence of fractions, decimals and percentages in every day contexts, linking to ratio and proportion, solving problems using angle properties such as angles on a straight line and vertically opposite angles while communicating reasoning appropriately, properties and construction of 2D shapes and the language used to describe transformations; simple probability problems using the probability scales 0 to 1 and the difference between theoretical and experimental probabilities, the concept of ‘average’ and the construction of appropriate graphs from data sets.
As pupils move into Year 8, they continue to develop skills and knowledge learned in Year 7. Areas particularly focused on include problems involving percentages and ratios, simple algebraic methods and algebraic graphs, angle properties of parallel lines and simple shapes. They use a ruler and compasses to construct, calculate volumes and more complex areas and broaden their ability to present, analyse and interpret data, e.g. with stem and leaf diagrams.
In Year 9, pupils again build upon skills and knowledge learned in Year 8. Areas particularly focused on include efficient techniques for multistep arithmetic calculations, such as index notation and prime factor decomposition and more complex algebraic methods e.g. quadratic patterns and associated manipulation. They develop their understanding of compound measures such as speed and rates of change and improve their ability to solve geometric problems using Pythagoras’ theorem and trigonometry. Data analysis techniques are extended to include a variety of graphs such as cumulative frequency graphs.
Extension and support opportunities are provided where appropriate, though mastery is prioritised over extension.
Pupils are assessed each term, with that data being used to track and ensure progress.
In KS3, home learning is set for all classes once a week. Each home learning should take 30 minutes to an hour. Whenever possible extension tasks or questions will be suggested so that pupils who complete the core task quickly or easily can be extended. Home learning assignments will be marked every week, and feedback, encouragement and advice are given as required.
Pupils will often be expected to re-attempt questions marked incorrect and will certainly be expected to seek advice on matters which cause them difficulty.
Beyond the Classroom
Pupils are encouraged to come in and ask for help on any area in which they are not confident. Peer mentoring sessions and ‘Maths Maniacs’, the gifted and talented after school workshop, are used to target different cohorts of pupils in a variety of different ways, in order to improve their understanding and the progress made.
How Parents Can Help
All pupils are expected to attend every Mathematics lesson with the following equipment: pen, pencil, ruler, eraser, sharpener, calculator (We recommend the “Casio fx-83GT Plus”, costing around £6), protractor, pair of compasses.
Please check that your son/daughter has these items, and make time to look at their work, thereby showing an interest in their achievements.
Regular practice of mental arithmetic skills is important. Parents can be invaluable in supporting pupils in learning or improving their recall of tables, facts and number bonds. Parents can encourage pupils to use their Mathematics regularly in everyday activities, for example in comparing the value of goods when shopping, in following recipes and weighing and measuring. Games, computer or otherwise, can make transformation of shape and regular number practice great fun.
When home learnings are not submitted at the correct time, or do not reflect the required effort, the pupil will be detained after school. Should the student be experiencing a great deal of difficulty and either becoming anxious or disinterested, the pupil’s parents will be contacted so that we can work together to improve the situation.
Head of department - Mrs Adriana Reeves
If at any stage you are concerned or have any questions relating to Mathematics, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s Mathematics teacher. We will be pleased to arrange a meeting at a mutually convenient time.