Key Stage 3
At key stage 3 we follow the national curriculum for mathematics which covers number, algebra, geometry, measures, statistics and probability. We aim to ensure 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
• 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 enables pupils to build on the skills they gained at key stage 2 and make connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. Pupils will be encouraged to use and apply their mathematical knowledge in science, geography, computing and other subjects. We hope to provide a high-quality mathematics education so that pupils have the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
How pupils are to be assessed:
In year 7 pupils will work in mixed ability classes for 3 weeks after which they will be assessed using a written baseline assessment.. We use the scores from these tests, along with their KS2 results, to set pupils in week 3.
Throughout KS3 pupils complete a graded assessment at 3 points across the year. This is marked by their class teacher and they then set targets for pupils to work on for the next half term. When a pupil has shown a thorough understanding of the mathematical concepts at a particular band they are moved up to the next.
Pupils are given the opportunity to work in pairs and small groups on real life questions and other mathematical problems throughout the course. They are encouraged to find their own methods to solve problems and share them with others. At home pupils have access to the mathswatch website so they can research new topics independently to further their learning.
The homework links directly with the EPS points within our AWOL framework so that pupils are constantly practicing the skills needed to ensure progress.
Key Stage 4
This qualification in Mathematics encourages students to develop confidence in, and a positive attitude towards, mathematics and to recognise the importance of mathematics in their own lives and to society. This qualification prepares students to make informed decisions about the use of technology, the management of money, further learning opportunities and career choices.
Students are required to :
• Develop knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts, including:
• Use their knowledge and understanding to make connections between mathematical concepts
• Apply the functional elements of mathematics in everyday and real-life situations
Students are given the opportunity to develop the ability to:
• acquire and use problem-solving strategies
• select and apply mathematical techniques and methods in mathematical, every day and real-world situations
• reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences and draw conclusions
• interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context.
How pupils are to be assessed:
Pupils are assessed with three terminal exam papers in the summer of year 11. Each paper is 1 hour 30 minutes. The first paper is to be taken without a calculator and the second and third allow the use of a calculator. Other equipment needed for the examinations is pen, pencil, ruler, rubber, protractor and compass.
The paper has two tiers – Foundation which ranges from grade 1 to 5 and Higher which ranges from grade 4 to 9.
Class teachers will decide on the appropriate tier for each pupil with guidance from the Director of Learning for Mathematics.
Throughout the course pupils will complete practice exams at regular intervals so that progress towards targets can be monitored. After every practice exam pupils will review areas of strength and weakness to set targets for improvement.
Pupils are given the opportunity to work in pairs and small groups on functional questions and other mathematical problems throughout the course. They are encouraged to find their own methods to solve problems and share them with others. At home pupils have access to the mathswatch website so they can research new topics independently to further their learning.
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