Maths at Paulet

What do students learn in Maths in Key Stage 3?

In KS3, students learn a variety of topics including Algebra, Number, Shape and Mathematical Reasoning


  • 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 units that build on students’ Key Stage 2 knowledge.  Students are encouraged to make connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems.

How do students learn in KS3 Maths?

In KS3 maths we follow the White Rose Scheme of Work. This focuses on algebra and number skills for the first year in secondary school and then moves onto shape, probability and the other elements of maths. Worksheets and textbooks are widely used as well as other resources that provide appropriate challenge and scaffold to those students that require.

What topics are covered and when in each year group? What is the sequence of teaching?

Year 7 Autumn Spring Summer
Topics Sequences Solving problems with addition and subtraction Constructing, measuring and using geometric notation
Understand and use algebraic notation Solving problems with multiplication and division Developing geometric reasoning
Equality and equivalence Fractions and percentages of amounts Developing number sense
Place value and ordering integers and decimals Operations and equations with directed number Sets and probability
Fraction, decimal and percentage equivalence Addition and subtraction of fractions Prime numbers and proof
Year 8 Autumn Spring Summer
Topic Ratio and scale Brackets, equations and inequalities Angles in parallel lines and polygons
Multiplicative change Sequences Area of trapezia and circles
Multiplying and dividing fractions Indices Line symmetry and reflection
Working in the cartesian plane Fractions and percentages The data handling cycle
Representing data Standard index form Measures of location
Tables and probability Number sense
Year 9 Autumn Spring Summer
Topic Straight line graphs Numbers Enlargement and similarity
Forming and solving equations Using percentages Solving ratio and proportion problems
Testing Conjectures Maths and money Rates
3D shapes Deduction Probability
Constructions and congruency Rotation and translation Algebraic representation
Pythagoras’ Theorem

How are students assessed in KS3 Maths?

Students are offered feedback in all lessons and after every assessment point. Exit tickets are used frequently during lessons to ensure small steps are understood before moving onto new content.

Each term students are assessed with a common assessment and this information informs next steps.

Home Learning

Home Learning is issued on Sparx where all students have an account linked to their school emails. This is live all year and any feedback is given immediately to help students improve. Students must log in using the blue log in with Microsoft button.