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Mathematics

Overview of KS3

Pupils in year 7 and 8 will follow a two year key stage 3 maths curriculum consisting of a total of 20 units. This will prepare them in the best possible way for their GCSE studies beginning in year 9.

In addition to continual teacher assessment, there will also be half-termly formal assessments and a larger end of year assessment for all pupils. These assessments will be used to inform set (Delta (Purple and White), Theta (Turquoise and Yellow) and Pi (Burgundy, Pink and Orange)) changes, and the end of year 8 assessment will be used to aid decision making about which tier of study each pupil should begin in year 9 (foundation or higher). It is essential that all pupils prepare for each of these assessments in order for them to show progress and identify their strengths and weaknesses. Each assessment will be followed by a bespoke homework task for each pupil, allowing them to work on and improve any areas they struggled with.

All pupils should continue to develop their independent skills by keeping their notes neatly in their revision guide, their work neatly in their workbook, revising for assessments, turning up to lessons fully equipped and showing the correct attitude towards their learning.

Overview of KS4

In year 9 pupils will start covering content towards their GCSE exam (taken at the end of year 11). The content will be covered throughout year 9 and 10, leaving year 11 free to revisit topics, revision and exam preparation and technique.

The mathematics GCSE exam can be taken at the foundation tier (grades 1 to 5) or the higher tier (grades 4 to 9). Pupils will begin to study towards either the foundation tier or the higher tier based on their performance in mathematics throughout year 7 and year 8.

Any pupil excelling on the foundation tier will be accelerated to study topics on the higher tier.

Throughout the GCSE course, pupils will be assessed at the end of each unit, the end of each term and the end of each year. These assessments, along with their performance and attitude in class, will be used to inform set changes and the tier of entry for their GCSE exam. After an assessment pupils will receive a bespoke homework based on areas of weakness identified by the assessment. It is very important that each pupil prepares as well as possible for each assessment so that we get a true reflection of what they are capable of and how we can help them to make progress.

All pupils should continue to develop their independent skills by keeping their notes neatly in their revision guide, their work neatly in their workbook, revising for assessments, turning up to lessons fully equipped and showing the correct attitude towards their learning.

 


Grade Ladders

Grade ladders show the skills/content that a pupil is required to demonstrate to reach each particular grade. These can be used by pupils and parents in targeting what they need to do to make progress in each subject.

Algebra
Data
Number
Shape


Curriculum Intent

Please be aware these documents are only draft versions.

Mathematics