Key Stage 3

The Key Stage 3 curriculum has been based on the revised Mathematics Programme of Study for Key Stage 3. A two year scheme of work for Year 7 and 8 covers all five GCSE assessment objectives (number, algebra, geometry, ratio and proportion, probability and statistics) and prepares students for a three year GCSE course which commences in Year 9. Development of fluency, mathematical reasoning and problem solving are core to all lessons.

Assessment: All assessments are completed under controlled conditions in order to build up vital skills required for success at GCSE level. Pupils are made aware of what they are being assessed on and how they are assessed prior to any test.  These assessments are based on the five GCSE assessment objectives, a copy if which can be found at the front of your child’s exercise book.

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4, Mathematics is a linear course taught over 3 years (years 9-11).
The Mathematics team motivate students by ensuring that the syllabus is taught in a positive and engaging manner, providing students with the opportunity to work in a variety of ways. Our programme of study includes problem solving and mastery. Assessment objectives are shared with students throughout the course, they will be found in the front of student books. Students and teachers use these to identify each individual student's learning needs within that topic and to make progress visible. Students receive regular feedback and are expected to complete personalised learning tasks.

Assessment: The GCSE comprises of three papers sat in the Summer of Year 11. Students may be entered for the foundation course (grades 1- 5) or the higher level course (grades 5 – 9). Decision on tier of entry is not made until the December of Year 11.

Overview of topics being studied

YearAutumnSpringSummer
7 Number, algebra, geometry, statistics Number, geometry, ratio and proportion, algebra Number, algebra, probability
8 Number, algebra, geometry, statistics Number, geometry, ratio and proportion, algebra Number, algebra, statistics, probability
9 Number, algebra Statistics, number Geometry, algebra
10 Number, algebra, statistics Algebra, ratio and proportion, probability Statistics, number, algebra
11 Statistics, algebra, number Geometry, ratio and proportion Exam preparation