The Mathematics course at Key Stage 3 builds on the content, knowledge and skills developed during in the Key Stage 2 programme of study. We are now following new schemes of work designed to meet the needs of the new GCSEs to be examined for the first time in June 2017.
The units studied are as follows:
- Mathematical processes and applications – You will be taught to solve problems by identifying the relevant information needed, apply your mathematical reasoning to explain and justify solutions, and communicate these solutions in the context of the problem.
- Number – You will be taught about numbers, the number system and calculations, including mental and written, and how to use a calculator efficiently.
- Algebra – You will be taught to use symbols to represent numbers to set up and solve equations, to generate and describe sequences and to draw graphs of various functions.
- Geometry and Measures – You will be taught how to use angle properties, how to transform shapes and how to solve problems using properties of shapes. You will learn how to construct various shapes accurately and you will solve problems involving measurement in a variety of contexts.
- Statistics – You will be taught how to collect, process, represent and interpret data. You will also be able to discuss the results referring to the context of the data. You will be able to calculate the probability of events happening and understand relative frequency.
Assessment is continuous. Teachers assess pupils’ progress during lessons using appropriate tasks and probing questions as well as using periodic assessments throughout the year. Internal end of year exams are held in the Summer term of each year.
The textbook used to support the course is Oxford Framework Maths, differentiated set of texts, published by Oxford University Press.