The KS3 mathematics curriculum ensures that all pupils:
- become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils 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 generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language, and;
- 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.
Our Programme of Study for Key Stage 3 is organised into apparently distinct domains (Algebra, Geometry, Statistics and Number), but pupils should build on Key Stage 2 and connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems.
In order to aid this pupils at least six times a year are presented with a ‘rich task’ which ensures they:
- step into activities even when the route to a solution is initially unclear;
- get started and explore because the tasks are accessible to pupils of wide ranging abilities;
- pose as well as solve problems, make conjectures;
- work at a range of levels;
- extend knowledge or apply knowledge in new contexts;
- work successfully when using different methods;
- broaden their problem-solving skills;
- deepen and broaden mathematical content knowledge;
- see and make sense of underlying principles or make connections between different areas of mathematics;
- work within include intriguing contexts, and;
- observe other people being mathematical or see the role of mathematics within cultural settings.
Pupils are robustly assessed at Key Assessment Points (KAPs) five times a year, formal mathematics tests, and are given a national curriculum level which they are currently working at.
Details of any relevant websites and revision guides to support the qualification.
- www.mymaths.co.uk – pupils are given their own login and password and can follow the correct booster pack for extended learning.
How will the KS3 curriculum prepare my child for life in modern Britain?
Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries and provides the answers to many intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life and necessary for financial literacy and almost all forms of employment. In KS3 we help prepare the pupils from the simplest tasks of everyday life, such as ensuring the correct change is given, to understanding the trigonometry behind great engineering feats.
Information about extra-curricular sessions and extended learning opportunities available to my child.
Homework club is run in room 413a every night.
Does my child need any specialist equipment for this subject?
A scientific calculator such as a Casio FX-83GTPLUS or equivalent is needed, along with a full geometry set including pencil, rubber, ruler, protractor, and a pair of compasses.