Key Stage 3

The Curriculum

Mathematics is taught in accordance with the National Curriculum.  Students study Number, Algebra, Shape and Space and Data Handling and Probability.

The syllabus is taught in discrete units.  Students study 9 or 10 units per year.  Each unit is followed by a self-assessment test, to enable students and teachers to identify strengths and areas for further practice.  A 1 hour end of year exam is taken by all 3 years.

Students are encouraged to help each other and use resources within the classroom to promote independent learning.

Year 7

Types of number
Angles
Decimals
Basic algebra
Fractions
Probability
Area and perimeter
Percentages
Collecting and displaying data

Year 8

Decimals and rounding
Transformations
Calculating probabilities
Solving equations
Fractions, decimals and percentages
Volume and surface area
Averages and scatter graphs
Ratio
Straight line graphs

Year 9

Pythagoras
Factorising
Constructions
Percentage increase and decrease
Relative frequency
Similarity
Compound measures
Frequency polygons
Simultaneous equations (top sets)
Pythagoras’ Theorem
Trigonometry (most groups)

Grouping

In year 7 we have 2 top sets and 7 mixed ability groups (some of which receive in class support).
In year 8 and 9 students are placed into 3 ability bands.

The Mathematical Jungle Run

Each summer the whole of year 8 take part in the mathematical jungle run.  Over 2 days students compete in teams of 5 to solve mathematical puzzles from around the globe.