In Key Stage 3 students follow the national curriculum for mathematics which aims to ensure that all students:
- become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that students 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
- 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
The programme of study for Key Stage 3 is organised into distinct domains, but students should build on Key Stage 2 and connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems.
Year 7 and 8
Students are taught in accordance with the National Curriculum, covering the Programmes of Study in Number, Algebra, Geometry and Measures, Statistics and Mathematical Processes and Applications. Students are taught in sets at a level appropriate to their ability. They are taught using a variety of resources including the Collins Framework text books, investigations and computer based activities.
Year 7 have four lessons of maths a week and year 8 have three hours a week of maths.
Year 7 catch up lessons
Any student who did not achieve a level 4 in their KS2 SATS has additional catch up lessons. These students have a further two hours with staff to help raise their attainment.