To provide a creative and ambitious mathematics curriculum, to extend students’ understanding of the number system; make connections between number relationships and their algebraic and graphical representations. We also aim to develop students’ geometrical reasoning skills and ability to apply their skills to solve complex problems, in preparation for GCSE content and to empower them for everyday life and future employment.
At KS3, students follow schemes of work based on the National Curriculum and are set in groups according to their learning pathways at levels appropriate to their ongoing mathematical development. They continue to build and develop their numerical processing skills, consolidating their numerical and mathematical capability from KS2 before extending their understanding of the number system and place value to include decimals, fractions, powers and roots.
At KS3 each year group is organised into two sets each following the National Curriculum Programme of Study at a level appropriate to their mathematical development and ability in numeracy.
Students in some sets will first need to consolidate their numerical and mathematical capability from key stage 2 before extending their understanding of the number system and place value to include decimals, fractions, powers and roots.
Students in higher ability sets extend their understanding of the number system; make connections between number relationships and their algebraic and graphical representations and develop their mathematical knowledge, through solving problems and evaluating the outcomes, including multi-step problems.
They also develop their skills to recognise, describe, draw, compare and sort different shapes and use related vocabulary. They will use a range of measures to describe and compare different quantities such as length, mass, capacity/volume, time and money.