Maths at KS3
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Mathematics teaching has undergone many changes over the past few years at both Key Stages. Coursework is no longer a component of the GCSE course and progress at Key Stage 3 is no longer assessed and reported through SATs examinations.
Students are taught in mixed ability sets throughout Year 7 but within the class they follow a differentiated programme of study which is tailored to meet the individual needs of the students. The majority of the class follow a core course whereas a small group of students who work at a slower pace will follow a different course. These students will have extra support within the classroom. The higher achieving students will have extension work as part of their study. Each class has a support teacher attached to help individual students. The students are assessed each half-term.
In Years 8 and 9 the students are taught in ability sets which enables them to make progress at a pace which is suitable for them. There are regular assessments of students to measure progress through levels of ability.
Providing for the gifted and talented pupils in our schools is a question of equity - as with all other pupils, they have a right to an education that is suited to their particular needs and abilities. Our aim is to present work that challenges, stretches and excites them on a daily basis, in an environment that celebrates excellence and is supportive of those who may, in years to come, break the boundaries of what we know and understand.
Main topics at Key Stage 3
A brief outline of the curriculum content is detailed below.
Number and Algebra – Fractions, decimals, percentages, ratios, proportion, powers, equations, formulae, sequences functions and graphs.
Shape and Space – Properties of shapes, geometrical reasoning , similarity , congruence, theorems, transformations ,co-ordinates, measures and constructions.
Data Handling – Collecting processing and interpreting data, probability.